"Sic transit gloria mundi" may be today's bittersweet theme. Pope Francis is honored, Billy Graham struggles on, and the son of Obama spiritual adviser Joel Hunter commits suicide. Updates on the "War on Xmas" and other news.
My recent lunch with Michael Lindvall was a potentially exciting way to start the week. I turned out to be a remarkable encounter. Lindvall is pastor of Brick Presbyterian Church, our family's church in New York City. He was thrilled to share with me a recent sermon I had not heard in person. As a marketing professional, I would have special interest in this one, he thought, and he was right. But the way he built his refreshing sermon around such a time-worn phrase -- new and improved -- surprised and delighted me.
Jim Collie's insight:
Peter A. Georgescu: Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam; Author, 'The Constant Choice'
Why is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) so ineffective in meeting its goals to become a more multicultural church, one that reflects the growing diversity of the U.S. population?
Nearly two decades after adopting a goal of 10 percent racial ethnic membership by 2010, the PC(USA) is stuck at below 5 percent. And despite pouring staff and resources into multicultural ministry, only 7 percent of PC(USA) congregations qualify as multi-ethnic congregations.
“There is certainly no lack of interest in diversity in the PC(USA), The Rev. Corey Widmer ― associate pastor of Third Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va., and co-pastor of East End Fellowship, a multi-cultural new worshiping community there ― told the second Moderator’s Colloquium on Ecclesiology Dec. 10 here.
Leonard Sweet in "Viral" describes two tribes: Gutenbergers and Googlers. Gutenbergers are accustomed to the one-dimensionality of what paper expresses and are more comfortable with paper books and paper essays, not as adept with the Information Age and its multiple platforms as with the Googlers. Googlers were born into the Internet Age. Sweet says that in a so-called TGIF (Twitter, Google, iPad, Facebook) world, two things are needed: an EPIC (experiential, participatory, image-rich, connective) approach to communication that values MRI (missional, relational, incarnational) way of being. Now, it is possible for those who are Gutenberger in their biological age are Googlers in their way of seeing and engaging the world; likewise, it is possible for those who are Googler in age to be Gutenberger in their approach to faith and life. What 21st century contexts continually show is an approach to theological education and vocational formation which Googlers understand quite well.
With the idea of membership meaning less and less in American culture and its churches, the Rev. John Burgess today suggested rethinking the theology of baptism as the key to recasting what membership means in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
“Attention to baptismal theology and practice can lead us into a more faithful understanding of church membership,” Burgess ― professor of systematic theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary ― told the second Moderator’s Colloquium on Ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church) today (Dec. 9), hosted by Princeton Theological Seminary with financial support from the Presbyterian Foundation.
Human rights have been the focus of many statements by General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations.
The Bible does not use the phrase “human rights.” However, Jesus stated, “I have come in order that you might have life in all its fullness.” He proclaimed that his calling included release of the captives, sight for the blind, and liberty for the oppressed. With these words, Jesus expressed his concern for what is ours because we are created as God’s children—and that is the realm of human rights. The biblical concepts of justice, freedom, peace, and security further ground our commitment to human rights.
Posted by Steve Salyards at 11/30/2013 10:00 PM Categories: General Assembly, Moderator, news, PC(USA) Tags: Moderator General Assembly PC(USA). After a pause of almost seven months from the endorsement of the first moderator ...
The size of the split caused by the row in one of the Kirk's largest congregations was revealed by the Church of Scotland, who disclosed the results of its own ballot.
It is the second time in days that the congregation of Stornoway High on the Isle of Lewis has voted over the controversy.
It was announced at the end of last month that more than 80% of the worshippers who voted in the High's own ballot wanted to leave the Church of Scotland. But a separate vote held by the area presbytery has now shown more than 100 of the congregation intends to remain within the church -and 236 still want to leave.
As part of its annual Christmas Joy Offering, the Presbyterian Mission Agency has prepared these Christmas word games. These puzzles can be downloaded free of charge. If you need help with the answers, try looking in the ...
In 1963, investigative journalist Jessica Mitford, youngest of the amazing brood of literary siblings that includes my beloved "U and Non-U" Nancy, published a tartly observed expose of the American funeral industry that opened a lot of eyes and...
In recent weeks, the video Wealth Inequality in America, which calls attention to perceptions, ideals and realities of wealth distribution in the United States, has been circulating through social media.
It makes the startling claim that 1 percent of the population controls 40 percent of the wealth, and that 50 percent of the population owns only 0.5 percent of stocks and bonds held in the United States. These are just two of many gross figures of inequality presented in the video.
This reality of unequal wealth distribution, according to the video’s producer, paints a picture far more dramatic than what the population at-large actually perceives wealth distribution to be in the United States, and it is much more dramatic still than what 92 percent of the population believe ideal wealth distribution should look like in the United States.
As dignitaries from around the world gathered in South Africa yesterday for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, several Presbyterian leaders reflected on the life and legacy of this humble man who became a towering figure in the struggle for racial justice. They also commented on the significance of the Presbyterian church’s efforts to end apartheid.
Bill Somplatsky-Jarman, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s associate for Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI), recalls how that church agency, inspired by the courage of Mandela and other South Africans, helped pull together an international ecumenical effort to pressure banks to stop lending to South Africa.
This post contains updates from Jim Wallis as he experiences the "Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship," taking place on the National Mall. (I am more convinced than ever that spiritual power can change political power.
Whitworth University has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund a new comprehensive church engagement initiative called The Ekklesia Project.
The grant proposal, written by Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal, Professor of Theology Jerry Sittser, and President Beck A. Taylor, will fund current and new initiatives to better connect Whitworth to the needs of churches and congregations throughout the western U.S.
The Ekklesia Project will be administered by the new Office for Church Engagement, and Terry McGonigal will transition from his current role as dean of spiritual life to lead the office as its first director. A search for a new dean of spiritual life will begin in January.
Whitworth awarded $1 million from Lilly Endowment (Whitworth awarded $1 million from Lilly Endowment http://t.co/YtTWjYNhNQ #PCUSA #news #grant)
Posted by Steve Salyards at 11/14/2013 2:03 PM Categories: PC Ghana, Church of Scotland, PC Ireland, news, PC(USA) Tags: news. Well, I started out thinking I would do the one week version and then looked at how little I had flagged and ...
Presbyterian News Headlines For The Week Ending November 24, 2013. Posted by Steve Salyards at 11/27/2013 3:03 PM Categories: Moderator, Church of Scotland, PC Ghana, news, PC(USA) Tags: PC(USA) Church of Scotland PC Ghana ...
A seismic shift is taking place in American church facilities, a shift that will become even more noticeable in the years to come. Church worship centers or sanctuaries will become smaller than they were the past 40 years.