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'Death cafes' normalize a difficult, not morbid, topic - Religion News Service

'Death cafes' normalize a difficult, not morbid, topic - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) No one wants to talk about death at the dinner table, says Lizzy Miles, a social worker in Columbus, Ohio. But sometimes people need to talk about the "taboo'' topic.
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This Week in God, 7.12.14

This Week in God, 7.12.14 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
After the recent Supreme Court ruling, many may have been tempted to go to Hobby Lobby stores and hand out contraception. In Illinois, some actually did it.
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How A Broad Faith-Based Movement Is Coming Together To Aid Unaccompanied Children On The Border

How A Broad Faith-Based Movement Is Coming Together To Aid Unaccompanied Children On The Border | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

The prominence of faith communities in this crisis may come as a surprise to some, but their involvement is consistent with a lengthy history of faith-based advocacy on behalf immigrants — particularly those struggling to remove themselves from communities blighted by war and poverty. When thousands of Central Americans fled to the United States in the 1980s to escape the violence ravaging their home countries, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist churches along the U.S.-Mexico border opened their doors, offering the refugees legal aid and housing in direct defiance of federal law. The Underground Railroad-style effort came to be known as the “Sanctuary Movement,” and — since federal officials were wary of pitting themselves against the faith community — it eventually established religious groups as the first line of defense for immigrants, a tradition that continues to this day.

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Michelle Muniz: Reflecting after General Assembly - from YAD to YAV

Michelle Muniz:  Reflecting after General Assembly - from YAD to YAV | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I would never have imagined in 2008, when I went to the PCUSA General Assembly as a Youth Advisory Delegate (YAD), that I would be going back in 2014 as a YAV (Young Adult Volunteer).
My perspective...
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On Being with Krista Tippett: MAYA ANGELOU, ELIZABETH ALEXANDER, & ARNOLD RAMPERSAD — W.E.B. DU BOIS & THE AMERICAN SOUL - July 10, 201

One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." He is a formative voice for many of the people who gave us the Civil Rights Movement. But his passionate, poetic words speak to all of us navigating the ever-unfolding, unfinished business of civil rights. We bring Du Bois' life and ideas into relief for the 21st century — featuring one of the last interviews the great Maya Angelou gave before her death.
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Presbyterian Church adopts Resolution on Armenian Genocide Centennial - Public Radio of Armenia

Presbyterian Church adopts Resolution on Armenian Genocide Centennial - Public Radio of Armenia | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Public Radio of Armenia Presbyterian Church adopts Resolution on Armenian Genocide Centennial Public Radio of Armenia It originated in the local presbyteries of Los Ranchos (Anaheim, Calif.), Chicago, and Palisades (New Jersey), and was sent on to...
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The Presbyterian Church's All-American Divestment from the Israeli Occupation | Boston Review

The Presbyterian Church's All-American Divestment from the Israeli Occupation | Boston Review | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

However, in public discourse, the Church's move is blurred: their action against American companies is portrayed as an action against Israel. This serves the interests of two radically different groups. If the Church’s divestment is falsely deemed as “anti-Israel” or “Israel divestment,” both Israel hardliners (who oppose the act), and the international BDS movement (who support the act) can use it as springboard for their own rhetoric.


For Israel hardliners, branding the act as "anti-Israel" serves as a diversion, shifting the topic away from the content of the accusations against the Israeli occupation. While the Church has repeatedly asserted Israel's right to exist, and called on Palestinian leadership to do the same, the act was predictably labeled “anti-Semitic”, and an AJC representative claimed it "empowered those within the denomination who are driven by hatred of Israel.”

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Presbyterians’ Procedural Problems | Joseph D. Small | First Things

Presbyterians’ Procedural Problems | Joseph D. Small | First Things | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Big votes show what’s wrong with our decision-making
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Editorial: PRC hopefuls should show proof of their qualifications

Editorial: PRC hopefuls should show proof of their qualifications | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The details are not too much to ask for.Especially if a New Mexican wants to serve on ...
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An Exciting Church Meeting…Who Knew?

An Exciting Church Meeting…Who Knew? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Recently I attended the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Detroit. You’d think I’d get enough of church meetings back home, but it was so interesting to watch how another deno...
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Joy, sorrow, pain held together in Presbyterian identity

Joy, sorrow, pain held together in Presbyterian identity | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Erin Cox-Holmes, executive presbyter at Donegal since 2010, had been praying too — about Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  The 900-member congregation was in the midst of a “tangled split.”


After failing to get the required 75 percent super majority vote to leave the denomination, the pastors, most of the church staff and session, and around 250 members had left to form an Evangelical Presbyterian Church congregation down the street.

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Muslim Cred * Drone View * Border Crisis : Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Muslim Cred * Drone View * Border Crisis : Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Obama had to convince Christians that he wasn't a Muslim. The would-be president of Indonesia has to convince Muslims that he's not a Christian. A drone offers a lovely view of a Mormon temple. And Obama meets with Texas faith leaders to talk about the border crisis.
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Betting on the love of Jesus: A pastoral letter from some leaders of the Hispanic and Latino community - The Presbyterian Outlook

By Jose Luis Casal, General Missioner of Tres Rios Presbytery Ninety-two Hispanic and Latino leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) sent a letter to their communities in the United States and sister churches in Latin America about the decisions taken by the 221 General Assembly. The letter addresses the most controversial issues debated by the assembly. “We already have heard many times,” the letter says, “that the General Assembly of the church adopted an authoritative interpretation of its constitution, which leaves it to teaching elders (i.e., clergy) the decision to celebrate marriages between people of the same sex in the …
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Joel B. Green, New Dean of Fuller Seminary's School of Theology :: News :: Fuller

Joel B. Green, New Dean of Fuller Seminary's School of Theology :: News :: Fuller | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Tuesday, July 1, saw the beginning of a new deanship for Fuller Seminary’s School of Theology. Joel B. Green, world-renowned New Testament scholar, has taken the leadership role vacated by retiring dean Howard Loewen

“I am thrilled to have Joel step into the role of dean for the School of Theology,” says Provost Doug McConnell. “He brings with him experience as both a dean and a professor, a reputation for the highest standards of scholarship, and a commitment to Christian life and development that Fuller Seminary values immensely. We are more than blessed to have Joel lead in this capacity.”

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Stated Clerk Asks President to Honor Protections Afforded to Children

Stated Clerk Asks President to Honor Protections Afforded to Children | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Stated Clerk Asks President to Honor Protections Afforded to Children (Stated Clerk Asks President to Honor Protections Afforded to Children http://t.co/8FoUEWRay5 Office of the General Assembly)...
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Response to Unaccompanied Children Crisis

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Response to Unaccompanied Children Crisis | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Response to Unaccompanied Children Crisis
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Bill Tammeus: Explaining 'honor killings'

Bill Tammeus:  Explaining 'honor killings' | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A couple of days ago here on the blog, I shared with you a piece about the Jain religion written by my boyhood friend from India, Justice Markandey Katju. Markandey identifies as an atheist but he is marinated in deep...
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Janet Edwards: Reflections on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly & How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Janet Edwards:  Reflections on the Presbyterian Church  (U.S.A.) General Assembly & How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
At the 221st Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) General Assembly, something wondrous happened. We passed historic measures to recognize the love and commitment of all couples and to make sure that ministers can provide pastoral care around marriage to all couples in their congregations. This was an important milestone for our church, and a humbling one in my own faith journey.
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Gaza airstrikes * Papal allegiance * Transgender first: Friday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Gaza airstrikes * Papal allegiance * Transgender first: Friday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Religious extremists in Israel are becoming more brazen. Sunday's World Cup final is a battle of papal allegiance. Calvary Baptist Church in Washington ordains a transgender pastor.
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Investing In Peace: Israel, Palestine and the Presbyterian Church. - The Raven Foundation

Investing In Peace: Israel, Palestine and the Presbyterian Church. - The Raven Foundation | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

And while I support the PCUSA for giving prophetic critique as a difficult but necessary step toward reconciliation, I also acknowledge the need for American Christians in particular (with our sordid history of imperialism intermingled with Christian triumphalism) to hear the critiques of our Jewish and Palestinian (Muslim and Christian) siblings. May we ever be willing to seek the truth and both speak and hear it in love, that we may rid our hearts and souls of rivalry, bless one another, and be the family we were created to be, reflecting the divine image of our God.

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Assembly in Brief - 221 General Assembly (2014)

Assembly in Brief - 221 General Assembly (2014) | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Assembly in Brief - 221 General Assembly (2014) (RT @presby_today: Miss any of the #ga221 happenings?
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Mark Silk: Does Hobby Lobby mean you can discriminate against gays? - Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk:  Does Hobby Lobby mean you can discriminate against gays? - Spiritual Politics | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision (and its granting of injunctive relief to Wheaton College), various faith-based organizations (FBOs) are stepping up to ask to be exempted from President Obama's impending executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians. I don't think they'll get it.
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Pope Face Off * Women Bishops * Monitored Muslims : Thursday's news roundup - Religion News Service

Pope Face Off * Women Bishops * Monitored Muslims : Thursday's news roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
It'll be Pope Francis v. Benedict XVI on Sunday. The archbishop of Canterbury plans to push through women bishops legislation. And a report suggests the NSA monitored prominent American Muslims.
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from the curator:   There are almost two years worth of searchable materials on THINKING PRESBYTERIAN. We collect news from and about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - and issues it is concerned about. The odd shaped funnel like symbol in the upper right hand of the page opens a search function which will take you pretty quickly to articles collected here about your subject. Drop me a note if you have questions.


~ Jim

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Statement on Economic Measures and Christian Responsibility toward Israel and Palestine — World Council of Churches

Statement on Economic Measures and Christian Responsibility toward Israel and Palestine — World Council of Churches | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Statement on Economic Measures and Christian Responsibility toward Israel and Palestine, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
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1001 Worshiping Communities — Presbyterians Today Magazine — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency

1001 Worshiping Communities — Presbyterians Today Magazine — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
new worshipping communities, 1001
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In Kenya, a pastor with disabilities breaks barriers for others - Religion News Service

In Kenya, a pastor with disabilities breaks barriers for others - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS)


On a Sunday at the Presbyterian church in the Bahati neighborhood, a young woman haltingly approaches the pulpit with a walking cane in one hand and a Bible in the other. Somewhere in her pocket is a mobile phone, which she uses to send out at least 400 Bible quotes a day to Christians across the city.


The Rev. Dawn Gikandi, 31, is a rarity here — a pastor who is a woman, a theologian, a social media devotee and a disabled person in a country that stigmatizes people who are physically impaired.

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