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Thursday's Religion News Roundup: Baptists show restraint * Akin moment * anti-Semitic app - Religion News Service

Thursday's Religion News Roundup: Baptists show restraint * Akin moment * anti-Semitic app - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Southern Baptists did not urge churches to cut ties to the Boy Scouts. An Arizona Congressman says incidents of pregnancy from rape are "very low." A new smartphone app allows users to report anti-Semitic and racist incidents.
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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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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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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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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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Our New Moderator and Vice Moderator: Commissioners Blog

Our New Moderator and Vice Moderator: Commissioners Blog | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
by Jim Lifton, Ruling Elder commissioner to the 2014 General Assembly from Chicago Friendship Presbyterian Church It was a privilege serving as one of Chicago Presbytery’s ten commissioners – five teaching elders and five ruling elders – to our...
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Chinook Observer: Gay marriage policies evolving

The Rev. Steve Parker of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grants Pass was among the delegates at the recent church general assembly, held in Detroit, where a landmark decision was reached.
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Pope meets victims * Lex Talionis update * Christooza: Monday’s Roundup

Pope meets victims * Lex Talionis update * Christooza: Monday’s Roundup | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Full text of Francis' homily during Mass this morning with the six victims. Updates here, plus full report coming. Also more on children of same-sex parents, and a Christian mezuzah?
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An Open Letter to The Young Women of the PCUSA | First ...

An Open Letter to The Young Women of the PCUSA | First ... | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“Dear Jordan, Hannah, Amanda, Yuri, Hannah and other young women who grew up in the PCUSA, Don't ever take for granted the privilege of being a woman brought up in the Presbyterian Church USA. Like me, you have ...”
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Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Until the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is ended, Netanyahu cannot play the victim no matter how hard he may try to spin a situation -- even when he disgustingly uses the deaths of innocent teenagers to do so....
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J. Herbert Nelson Reacts to the Hobby Lobby Decision

J. Herbert Nelson Reacts to the Hobby Lobby Decision | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Reverend J. Herbert Nelson this week expressed dismay at the Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The Presbyterian Church spoke to the question of access to contraception when the 205th General Assembly (1993) called on Congress to provide funding that ensures access to contraception, at no cost, to any person who needs it. In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we affirm that each person is created in God’s image, and that each woman is endowed with God-given moral capacity and authority to determine whether or not to become pregnant. Denying any woman the right to exercise that moral agency is wrong.  It is because of our faith that we view access to contraception, and all forms of health care, as a human right. 
Further, in today’s workplace, "the 220th General Assembly (2012) encourages the church's support for policies that strengthen families, support children's development, provide comfort to the elderly, and help to insulate decisions about family formation and child-bearing from undue economic stress." (Minutes, p. 246,Recommendation 3.b., italics added).
Presbyterians further profess that God Alone is Lord of Conscience and that individuals must make decisions in personal and public life that are consistent with their own values, without seeking to coerce others. We believe that the establishment clause in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution seeks to protect religious institutions from government infringement, and we are grateful for this protection.  But Hobby Lobby is not a religious institution.  It is a closely held corporation whose overriding objective is profit, not religious expression or evangelism.
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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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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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Henry G. Brinton: Presbyterian Church Fights

Henry G. Brinton: Presbyterian Church Fights | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I think we need to accept the fact that we are going to have disagreements, just as the people of Jerusalem did. So, how does Jesus guide us through these church fights? How does he want us to approach the tough issues of marriage and peace in the M...
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Buddhist fireworks * Kim K at church * Auschwitz selfies: Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Buddhist fireworks * Kim K at church * Auschwitz selfies: Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Buddhist monks get a ticket for lighting the wrong kind of candle. Katharine Jefferts Schori is sounding a tad anti-democratic and apparently we should care about the Kardashians in church. All that and more in today's Roundup.
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Moderator's column: The beginning of a dialogue - The Presbyterian Outlook

Moderator's column: The beginning of a dialogue - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The 221st General Assembly (2014) of our church adjourned on June 21 after eight days of deliberations, worship, and voting. Many decisions were made, which usually means answers to questions were settled.
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Wheaton College gets a pass from Supreme Court on contraception mandate

Wheaton College gets a pass from Supreme Court on contraception mandate | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (RNS) "Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so to­day," Justice Sonia Sotomayor said after the Supreme Court granted an exemption from the contraception mandate to Wheaton College.
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Greensboro pastor, rabbi keep faith amid national turmoil

Greensboro pastor, rabbi keep faith amid national turmoil | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Rev. Sid Batts tells national gathering of Presbyterians of his bond with local rabbi.
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Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day

Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
““We are subject to the men who rule over us, but subject only in the Lord. If they command anything against him, let us not pay the least regard to it.” Book Four, Calvin’s Institutes "I fix all th...”
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Why Kids Are Crossing The Desert Alone To Get To America

Why Kids Are Crossing The Desert Alone To Get To America | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
About 52,000 unaccompanied children from Latin America have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border since October 2013 with the possibility of another 38,000 arriving by the end of this year.
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