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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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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Office of Intercultural Ministries launched at Big Tent 2015

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Office of Intercultural Ministries launched at Big Tent 2015 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
As our nation grows increasingly diverse, the way the church engages in ministry must also evolve. In an effort to meet the ever-changing needs of the changing church, Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries unveiled a new office—the Office of Intercultural Ministries—at Big Tent 2015, held this week in Knoxville, Tenn. 

Intercultural ministry is an intentional approach to develop and strengthen diverse relationships that foster comprehensive mutuality, reciprocity and equality. This ministry focuses on relationship building and forming compassionate connections in which people are transformed, shaped and molded from one another’s experiences and racial and cultural power imbalances are addresses. 
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Leadership lessons in community transformation from Egypt

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Leadership lessons in community transformation from Egypt | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“Seminary enrollment has increased from 79 students in 2002 to 320 this year,” Gendy says. Because interest in seminary training has grown rapidly since 2000, ETSC has had to raise admission standards and turn down many applicants.

ETSC went back to the basics to reexamine all aspects of training leaders. “We needed to be clear that the seminary exists for the church,” Gendy says. “We clarified our mission statement to reflect the mission of the church to equip pastors and lay leaders—not only of the Presbyterian Church, but also other churches in Egypt, the Middle East, and Arab communities abroad—to serve and transform the church and society as a whole.”
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3 questions and answers from Heath Rada

3 questions and answers from Heath Rada | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Heath Rada, moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), shared trends he has seen in the life of the denomination and invited questions from participants during an August 1 workshop at Big Tent.
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Trump: I'll be greatest Christian representative if elected - OneNewsNow

Looking to snag the evangelical vote from candidates more vocal about their faith, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised voters that he would be the greatest Christian representative if elected into office.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Moving from discipleship and evangelism to apostleship

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Moving from discipleship and evangelism to apostleship | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Moving from discipleship and evangelism to apostleship
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Our ‘Presbyterian Virtues’

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Our ‘Presbyterian Virtues’ | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Our ‘Presbyterian Virtues’
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PMA Visit_July 2015 - Presbytery of Philadelphia

The Executive Leadership of the Presbyterian Mission Agency visited Philadelphia.
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For All the Sinners and Saints: An Interview with Nadia Bolz-Weber

For All the Sinners and Saints: An Interview with Nadia Bolz-Weber | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
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The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of the leading voices in progressive Christianity. In 2008, as a Lutheran seminarian at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, she planted a new church called House for All Sinners and Saints.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church leaders celebrate first major U.S. grocery chain to join Fair Food Program

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church leaders celebrate first major U.S. grocery chain to join Fair Food Program | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterian Church leaders celebrate first major U.S. grocery chain to join Fair Food Program
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Antonio Aja: Writing in the Margins

Antonio Aja:  Writing in the Margins | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A church for white people?
Your mouth says, “Inclusion!” Your wallet says, “More of the same.”

by Antonio “Tony” Aja

What will the church be like when white people[1] become the minority in the United States? In an ever-increasing multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society—thanks mainly to immigration as well as higher birth rates among people of color—the question has great relevance. It could very well represent the main challenge faced by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other mainline and mostly white denominations in the 21st century.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) applauds New York City efforts to help fast-food workers

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) applauds New York City efforts to help fast-food workers | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) applauds New York City efforts to help fast-food workers
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Big Tent workshop addresses healing from school-based violence and chronic trauma

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Big Tent workshop addresses healing from school-based violence and chronic trauma | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Ferncliff, which focuses on hospitality, sustainability and outreach, has partnered with PDA to host numerous healing camps for children and youth affected by school gun violence since 1998. They were the first to develop a therapeutic camp model, spurred primarily by a mindset felt by executive director David Gill, camp employees and others in the community that “we have to do something” in the aftermath of the tragic shooting that rocked the small community of Jonesboro.

“Ferncliff started from the place that we have camps which speak to this situation,” says PDA coordinator Laurie Krauss. “Camps have physical activity, bonding with other children, mentoring and guidance, space for spiritual nurturing, creation, beauty and exercise are all ingredients for trauma healing. Their service to the church in helping youth build community and resiliency is invaluable. We're excited to partner with them. "
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4 PC(USA) trends from Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons

4 PC(USA) trends from Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
What’s ahead for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)? “We need to recalibrate as a church,” the denomination’s stated clerk, Gradye Parsons, told participants in a Big Tent workshop August 1 in Knoxville. “We can’t just do church better,” said David Loleng, the PC(USA)’s associate for evangelism. “We need to do church in a different way.” To make his point, Parsons rolled out the numbers. Here are some of the trends: Declining PC(USA) membership since the 1960s. Increasing numbers of young American
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A snapshot of Fringe Christianity

A snapshot of Fringe Christianity | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In Bloomington, Indiana, Mihee Kim-Kort, campus minister for UKIRK @ IU, is part of a new collaboration to gather campus leaders, mainline pastors and those working in social service agencies to collaborate on worship, prayer and justice issues.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program Celebrates Twenty Years of Service

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program Celebrates Twenty Years of Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program Celebrates Twenty Years of Service
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Big Tent honors, celebrates African Presbyterians in leadership

Big Tent honors, celebrates African Presbyterians in leadership | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Sam Atiemo, the associate for African Emerging Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) for more than two years, led a celebration during a Big Tent 2015 workshop of the “the new thing that is happening.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Big Tent speaker Scott Weimer: Ministries of Advocacy and Renewal

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Big Tent speaker Scott Weimer: Ministries of Advocacy and Renewal | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Big Tent speaker Scott Weimer: Ministries of Advocacy and Renewal
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Layton Williams in PresbyHonest: Crying My Way through My First Year of Ministry

Layton Williams in PresbyHonest:  Crying My Way through My First Year of Ministry | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Crying my way through my first year of ministry
It sounds obvious, but few talk about it without the noble veneer of self-sacrifice: ministry is hard.

by Layton E. Williams

On August 1st, I will celebrate my one-year anniversary of working in ministry. When people ask how my first year went, I tell them, “This is the year I learned to cry in public.” Depending on how honest I’m feeling, sometimes I laugh and turn it into a joke before things get too awkward. Other times I let it stand, because, frankly, it’s the truth.

I have always been an emotional person, but—with few exceptions—I’ve been an adamantly private crier. This year, I have cried a lot. Often in front of people. Often in awkward places.
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J. Herbert Responds to TIP Report

J. Herbert Responds to TIP Report | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Originally shared by Public Citizen Excerpts from Press Call: Faith Leaders and Human Rights Advocates Respond to State Dept’s Upgrade of Malaysia in its Trafficking in Persons Report Monday, July 27, 2015Full recording available hereWASHINGTON,...
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Faith Leaders Celebrate Court Decision on Family Detention; Call for Administration to Comply

Faith Leaders Celebrate Court Decision on Family Detention; Call for Administration to Comply | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Children at the Dilley, TX facility
Source: Charles Reed,
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Church leaders in Ivory Coast raise awareness about sexuality, violence and HIV

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Church leaders in Ivory Coast raise awareness about sexuality, violence and HIV | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Church leaders in Ivory Coast raise awareness about sexuality, violence and HIV
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Stephen Salyards: Musings On How Big Is The PC(USA) Big Tent – Part 2: He's In My Church?

I found it an interesting exercise over the last week or so to see the reaction to a particular political candidate declaring he was a Presbyterian and, with some corroborating evidence, he could specifically be affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). An interesting set of reactions ensued, most seeming to have the implicit or explicit …
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