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Thursday's Religion News Roundup: Baptisms decline * Hate crimes tracked * "Worm food" - Religion News Service

Thursday's Religion News Roundup: Baptisms decline * Hate crimes tracked * "Worm food" - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
America's largest Protestant denomination is in decline. The FBI will track hate crimes against religious groups. Humanists in the Army's chaplaincy corps?
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'Militarization of the Police' is the title of a new curation site here on Scoop.it.

'Militarization of the Police' is the title of a new curation site here on Scoop.it. | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Please visit that site at http://www.scoop.it/t/militarization-of-the-police.


Jim Collie, Curator

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Holy Hookups * Bucket Backlash * Foley's prayers: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Holy Hookups * Bucket Backlash * Foley's prayers: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
From the troubled streets of Ferguson to atrocities in Iraq, it's hard to find something to smile about -- but we do, thanks to The Simpsons.
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Gracious Protest: When Kindred Live Together - Statements and Sermons from Presbyterians

Gracious Protest: When Kindred Live Together - Statements and Sermons from Presbyterians | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Genesis 45:1-15; Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32Witherspoon Street Presbyterian17 August 2014“A police force that does not represent the entire community cannot serve any in the community.” That was the les...
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Remedial complaint planned against PCUSA General Assembly Committee - The Layman Online

Remedial complaint planned against PCUSA General Assembly Committee - The Layman Online | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Citing eight separate irregularities, church sessions are preparing to file a complaint against the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Advisory Committee on the Constitution. The allegations stem from advice that representatives...
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Synod of Mid-America: A Call to Presbyterians to Stand in Solidarity with the People of Ferguson

Synod of Mid-America:  A Call to Presbyterians to Stand in Solidarity with the People of Ferguson | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Sisters and Brothers of the Presbyterian Church (USA):

I write you today in my role as the Executive of the Synod of Mid-America
regarding the past week’s events in Ferguson, MO, a community in the
Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, one of our member presbyteries. I am appealing
to you on behalf of those suffering in our own backyard.

For 10 days, the eyes of the world have been focused on the town of
Ferguson, MO. We have watched as the family and friends of Michael Brown
grieve the horrendous and senseless loss of life of this young man. We have
watched as the Ferguson community and people throughout the nation and
world have expressed outrage over the killing of yet another unarmed young
black man. We have watched as law enforcement has repeatedly inflamed and
aggravated the situation, arresting peaceful protesters and using tear gas
on the crowds that include children and elderly, the use of which is a war
crime under international law.

It is good that we have watched and not turned away. Many have come to
believe that we have moved past Watts, that we have moved past LA. But we
have not. The testimony of those who have lived through some of the worst
moments of our nation’s history has born witness that we have, again,
arrived at a familiar place. We are, again, singing the same old song. We
must not turn our faces away, we must force ourselves to acknowledge and
admit that we continue to fail as a people. We must confess that we have
not been the people that God has created and called us to be.

Today I call on the Presbyterian Church (USA) to do more than simply watch.

For several years, our denomination has engaged the words of the Belhar
Confession as we have considered adding it to our official confessional
standards. Whether or not that occurs, we can affirm the truth of its
words:

We believe

·      that God has revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about
justice and true peace among people;

·      that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special
way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged

·      that God calls the church to follow him in this; for God brings
justice to the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry;

·      that God frees the prisoner and restores sight to the blind;

·      that God supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps
orphans and widows and blocks the path of the ungodly;

·      that for God pure and undefiled religion is to visit the orphans and
the widows in their suffering;

·      that God wishes to teach the church to do what is good and to seek
the right;

·      that the church must therefore stand by people in any form of
suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the church must
witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice
may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream;

·      that the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord
stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged; that in following
Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who
selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others.

To this end, I call on the members and congregations of the Presbyterian
Church (USA), over 90% of whom are White, to stand with the people of
Ferguson and “witness against and strive against” systemic,
institutionalize racial injustice.

We must “as the possession of God…stand where the Lord stands, namely
against the injustice of the wronged.” Sisters and Brothers, we must stand
arm in arm with the people of Ferguson. Black bodies matter and our white
bodies will signify that the killing of black bodies is unacceptable.

If you live in or around St Louis please come and walk with the protestors.
Listen to their cries, and join them in the call for justice.

If you live farther away, find the members of your own community who are
standing against this injustice. Listen to their cries, and join them in
their own call for justice.

The Brief Statement of Faith tells us that the Holy Spirit “gives us
courage…to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.” So as we
work, let us also pray.

Let us pray for:

·      an end to our warring madness

·      an end to racism, classism and the way we criminalize a whole
generation of youth and young adults

·      peace officers, that they may keep the peace with justice and equity

·      mothers who have lost their children to gun violence

·      the courage to cross lines that we have never crossed, and to come
to know those we have considered "other"

·      to see one another as those who are made in God's image

·      forgiveness for the ways in which we perpetuate fear and hatred

·      forgiveness for the silence of good people.

 

Rev. Landon Whitsitt

Executive and Stated Clerk of the Synod of Mid-America
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No Justice, No Peace: Reflections on the Tragedy of Ferguson

No Justice, No Peace: Reflections on the Tragedy of Ferguson | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Three years before, Eleanor Bumpurs had been shot. A sixty-six year old black woman shot by a white police officer. Shot twice. With a shotgun. In her home. A case against the police officer wound through the courts in fits and starts. In 1987 the officer ...
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On being married co-pastors

On being married co-pastors | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This is a focused post about being a married couple who serves as co-pastors.  It's pretty specific, and specifically Presbyterian in its language, so feel free to skip!  That being said... For the...
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Evangelism Conference: More than we bargained for

Evangelism Conference:  More than we bargained for | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

We settle for “meager substitutes” when God wants us to have abundant life, the Rev. Shannon Kiser told the closing worship service of the 2014 Evangelism and Church Growth Conference Aug. 14.


The conference concluded with the most vivid Christian reminder of that abundance: the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.


“God wants us to enjoy life,” Kiser — Washington, D.C., field staffer for the Office of Church Growth of the Presbyterian Mission Agency — told some 500 conferees. “But we destroy, hoard or focus on the stuff that was never supposed to bring us life.”

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Striking ISIS * Googling Hell * Postponing Marriage : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Striking ISIS * Googling Hell * Postponing Marriage : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Pope says "yes" to military strikes on ISIS. If you're Googling "hell," chances are you live in a tough neighborhood. And how to prevent that "hormonal rush."
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Bruce Reyes-Chow: One bad apple and the soils of injustice

Bruce Reyes-Chow:  One bad apple and the soils of injustice | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

I am no stranger to the “one bad apple” defense. Every time a pastor gets caught in some kind of scandal: sexual, financial or theological; I find myself instinctively reacting to the expected backlash against church and pastors with a whimpering, “But . . . we’re not all like that.”

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Regarding ruling elders: Presbyterian councils

Regarding ruling elders: Presbyterian councils | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
By Alison Janke How many Presbyterians does it take to change a light bulb?  It takes a council, in stated meeting, to determine if a new light bulb...
The post Regarding ruling elders: Presbyterian councils appeared first on The Layman Online.
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Preachers Focus on Faith in the Shadow of Ferguson | Time Magazine

Preachers Focus on Faith in the Shadow of Ferguson | Time Magazine | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
From the St. Louis suburb at the epicenter of the protests to mega-churches in cities nationwide, religious leaders aim to figure out how faith can help communities come to terms with the crisis in Missouri
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How Israel uses Caterpillar machinery to carry out extrajudicial executions

How Israel uses Caterpillar machinery to carry out extrajudicial executions | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
New report details use of Caterpillar, Volvo, Hidromek, Hitachi, Hyundai and JCB equipment in a host of Israeli crimes against Palestinians. (How Israel uses Caterpillar machinery to carry out extrajudicial executions.
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Two churches in Missouri are filled with faith, but common ground remains elusive

Two churches in Missouri are filled with faith, but common ground remains elusive | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
At Southminster Presbyterian Church, a large crowd urges vigilance and belief in faith over Darren Wilson.
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Gracious Protest: Presbyterian Leaders on #Ferguson - a link sheet to significant statements

Gracious Protest: Presbyterian Leaders on #Ferguson - a link sheet to significant statements | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Erica Liu: What Romans 16 has to do with Ferguson, August 18, 2014 Landon Whitsitt: A Call to Presbyterians to Stand in Solidarity with the People of Ferguson, August 19, 2014 Andy Kort: From the H...
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Presbytery of Western North Carolina gives AC authority to expedite dismissal process

Presbytery of Western North Carolina gives AC authority to expedite dismissal process | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
An Administrative Commission (AC) was granted full power by its presbytery to handle all property and settlement negotiations with a congregation leaving the Presbyterian Church (USA) in an...
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in re: Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson: Federal rejection leaves immigrant in limbo at Arizona church - Town Hall

in re:  Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson:  Federal rejection leaves immigrant in limbo at Arizona church - Town Hall | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Federal rejection leaves immigrant in limbo at Arizona church
Town Hall
Rosa Robles Loreto, a homeowner and housekeeper who has lived in Tucson since 1999, took sanctuary at the city's Southside Presbyterian Church on Aug.
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PC(USA) leaders call for calm and prayer in Ferguson crisis

PC(USA) leaders call for calm and prayer in Ferguson crisis | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
PC(USA) leaders call for calm and prayer in Ferguson crisis
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2014 Evangelism and Church Growth Conference draws diverse crowd - The Presbyterian Outlook

2014 Evangelism and Church Growth Conference draws diverse crowd - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
ST. PETE BEACH, FLA (PNS)  For the first time, the 2014 Evangelism and Church Growth Conference — held here Aug. 11-14 —  offered language-specific tracks for Brazilians (Portuguese), Hispanics and Koreans. “Because of this, leaders and families are coming with their pastors,” said Almir Dias of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Portuguese Language Field Staff. “For me and my people, this is the church meeting we most look forward to coming to.” After working in the Hispanic/Latino-a Congregational Support office for a year and a half, Dias has seen how closely aligned his work is with what he experienced at this conference. Pointing to the bracelet …
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Juan Sarmiento joins Presbyterian World Mission

Juan Sarmiento joins Presbyterian World Mission | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Juan Sarmiento has been named evangelism catalyst for Presbyterian World Mission. He will begin his duties in October at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) headquarters here.


The church identified three critical global initiatives to focus its efforts at home and around the world, including evangelism, poverty alleviation and reconciliation. Sarmiento will support the church’s international evangelism efforts with our global partners and help lead the campaign to work with our global partners in “Training Leaders for Community Transformation.”

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November election an option for min wage question, city official says

November election an option for min wage question, city official says | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LAS CRUCES >> A city of Las Cruces attorney told councilors Monday it's possible for a minimum wage proposal by the group NM CAFé to be added to a November general election ballot.
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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and Border Crisis

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and Border Crisis | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Grace Presbytery is in continuous conversation with congregations and mid councils along the border through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), and also with local interfaith, interdenominational and city leaders for mutual cooperation and...
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John Shore: Spineless new anti-gay Presbyterian denomination begins its big convention today

John Shore:  Spineless new anti-gay Presbyterian denomination begins its big convention today | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

As I’m writing this, the two-day gathering in Dallas of the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO) is underway.


ECO was formed in January of 2012 a fit of pique by Presbyterians reacting against the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s vote in May 2011 to allow for the ordination of gay people. (I shared my conversation with the first ever gay ordained Presbyterian minister in my October 2011 post Meet Scott Anderson, Soon To Be the First (Openly) Gay Minister Ordained by Presbyterian USA.)


Basically, the people who formed ECO cried, “No way! Being gay is a sin! We’ll start our own denomination!” So they did.

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Ferguson Sunday * Defiant nun * Atheist humor: Monday's roundup - Religion News Service

Ferguson Sunday * Defiant nun * Atheist humor: Monday's roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Defiance was the word of the weekend. But all is not grim. There's humor where some least expect it.
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Dear Michael Brown: If I Were Preaching on Sunday Here Is What I Would Say

Dear Michael Brown: If I Were Preaching on Sunday Here Is What I Would Say | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Michael, if I were preaching this Sunday I would remind your family that their resources are not limited to what they can see. Those who are on the side of justice are more than those who are against it. We will get through this....
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