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Friday's Religion News Roundup: Babson v. Brandeis * SNL in SLC * McHalal - Religion News Service

Friday's Religion News Roundup: Babson v. Brandeis * SNL in SLC * McHalal - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Is it blasphemous to depict the Virgin of Guadalupe in a bikini sipping on a margarita? Brandeis gets an apology 35 years after "Happy Holocaust" shouts at a soccer match. And who's happier on Twitter: atheists or believers?
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No indictment * Erdogan's girls * Israel's Jewishness : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

No indictment * Erdogan's girls * Israel's Jewishness : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Faith in the justice system takes a hit. Turkey's president says women are not equal to men. And could Israel be more Jewish?
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PC(USA) Stated Clerk responds to Ferguson grand jury decision

PC(USA) Stated Clerk responds to Ferguson grand jury decision | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Today the community justice system of Ferguson, Missouri, told the parents of Michael Brown that his killing was justified. We grieve with the family and community about the decision, and encourage support for their continued quest for justice.


This decision calls the whole church to reflect seriously about the communities and the racial climate we have created in this country. We need a society where everyone is treated with dignity and valued, where there is no fear of walking down the street. We and the places where we live have fallen short of that.


We call the church to pray that God will give us the courage and strength to have honest conversations about race where we live, work, and worship. We pray for safe spaces in Ferguson and in all communities for people to voice their views. We hope for lessons learned, lives changed, and inequitable systems across the United States dismantled in order to bring about the kind of world God has called us to co-create.


The last healing miracle of Jesus is in Luke 22. It is the story of Jesus’ capture in the Garden of Gethsemane. One of the disciples reacts, and in defense of Jesus slices off the ear of a servant of the high priest. Jesus says “No more of this!” and heals the servant. May “no more of this” and healing be the church’s response. Amen

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Not just LGBT issues: Why hundreds of congregations made final break with ... - Huffington Post

Not just LGBT issues: Why hundreds of congregations made final break with ... - Huffington Post | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In 2005, two congregations left the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 2006, three churches departed.

But the floodgates have lifted since then as decades-old tensions between liberals and conservatives have reached breaking points....
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Sudan partner church asks for prayer, support after attack on pastor’s home

Sudan partner church asks for prayer, support after attack on pastor’s home | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Sudan partner church asks for prayer, support after attack on pastor’s home
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Introducing the new PC(USA) Store

Introducing the new PC(USA) Store | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Shopping for books, curricula, downloadable resources, and the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, just became easier with the new PC(USA) Store—a seamless, one-stop web-shopping site featuring books and resources from Congregational Ministries Publishing (CMP) and Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC).

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Marion Barry funeral * The Good Wife's atheism * Ferguson fuel: Monday's news roundup - Religion News Service

A longtime mayor of DC could receive quite the funeral. TV tests: Will voters vote for an atheist? Plus, Ferguson activists are finding safe places in churches.
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Unauthorized actions: Memorandum from executive leaders of thirteen presbyteries

Unauthorized actions: Memorandum from executive leaders of thirteen presbyteries | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Date: November 13, 2014 To: The Rev. Marilyn Gamm, Chair, Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Cc: Linda Valentine, Executive Director From: Executive Leaders of Thirteen Presbyteries* Subject: Unauthorized Actions As executive leaders of thirteen...
Jim Collie's insight:

Executive Director Valentine's notice to the PMA October 8, 2014

http://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/presbyterian_mission_agency/pdf/audit_committee_minutes-papers_2014-2015/report_of_the_executive_director_10082014.pdf


several Audit Committee Minutes were posted October 10, 2014, the minutes dated August 13, relate to this issue.

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/about/pma-board-meeting-papers-oct-2014/


Program Agency news release "Lessons Learned" October 31 (withdrawn)

(does anyone have a copy of this original release I could post here?)


 Program Agency news release "Lessons Learned" November 4 (revised from Oct 31)

http://www.pcusa.org/news/2014/11/7/lessons-learned/


Presbyterian Outlook "Investigation finds four PC(USA) employees committed ethics violations" November 8

http://pres-outlook.org/2014/11/investigation-finds-four-pcusa-employees-committed-ethics-violations/


Presbytery Executives Send Letter to PMA, November 13, 2014

http://pres-outlook.org/2014/11/unauthorized-actions-memorandum-executive-leaders-thirteen-presbyteries/


Minutes of the PMA Executive Committee teleconference call to establish an independent investigation and suspend employees, November 15, 2014:

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/site_media/media/uploads/presbyterian_mission_agency/pmab-executive-committee-official-14nov14.pdf


PNS news release:  Nashville attorney hired to conduct independent investigation of ‘1001’ controversy - November 15, 2014

http://www.pcusa.org/news/2014/11/15/nashville-attorney-hired-conduct-independent-inves/?fb_ref=Default&fb_source=message 


Presbyterian Outlook article on investigation and the suspension of four employees - November 15, 2014

http://pres-outlook.org/2014/11/pcusa-employees-accused-ethics-violations-placed-administrative-leave/


PNS news release - Racial ethnic caucuses back independent investigation of unauthorized corporation November 19, 2014 https://www.pcusa.org/news/2014/11/19/racial-ethnic-caucuses-back-independent-investigat/



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Executive actions on immigration have long history

Executive actions on immigration have long history | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
When President Obama announces his long-awaited immigration plan tonight, he will both be following and departing from precedents set by his predecessors.
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Bethel Presbyterian

Bethel Presbyterian | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Even the grounds that surround Bethel Presbyterian Church in Clover, South Carolina, bear witness to the story of God’s faithfulness.
“The neat thing,” said pastor John Gess “is that they tell the story in tangible ways.
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Lewisville First Presbyterian Church to celebrate 135 years

Lewisville First Presbyterian Church to celebrate 135 years | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
First Presbyterian Church of Lewis-ville, one of the oldest churches in Den-ton County, will celebrate its 135th anniversary on Sunday.
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We Bought A Church: Pittsfield Treasure A Sanctuary Once Again - WAMC

We Bought A Church: Pittsfield Treasure A Sanctuary Once Again - WAMC | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In cities across the country, many churches sit dormant, falling into disrepair and losing their status as a central gathering place for the community. So
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ON BEING with Krista Tippet: Reza Aslan — Islam's Reformation

ON BEING with Krista Tippet:  Reza Aslan — Islam's Reformation | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer view of history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS.
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Jerry Van Marter: Retirement

Jerry Van Marter:  Retirement | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

To those who have served with me in PNS over these 26 years:


Marj, Mary Henry, Pam (Crouch) Wineman, Julian Shipp, the late Evan Silverstein (whom I miss every day, dead too young at 42), John Filiatreau, Alexa Smith, Toya Richards, Emily Enders Odom and my current associate, Bethany Daily; and support staff (remember what those are?): David Dempsey, Vann Dyche, Carrie Lutes Hellman, Kathy Wolpert and Deeanna Alford.


The greatest joy of serving on the national staff of the PC(USA) has been the opportunity to serve with some of the most creative, loving, talented and dedicated people anywhere. This is a family operation, and I have been fortunate to be a part of a clan of brothers and sisters like no other.

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#GivingTuesday - National Day of Giving - December 2nd - Presbyterian Church Foundation

#GivingTuesday - National Day of Giving - December 2nd - Presbyterian Church Foundation | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
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Prominent Presbyterians Push Back on Divestment - The Layman Online

Prominent Presbyterians Push Back on Divestment - The Layman Online | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Prominent Presbyterians Push Back On Divestment Steve Lipman On the Upper West Side, Rev. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president of the Auburn Theological Seminary, which is affiliated with the...
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A call to prayer for the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church from Stated Clerk Gradye Parson and Executive Director Linda Valentine

A call to prayer for the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church from Stated Clerk Gradye Parson and Executive Director Linda Valentine | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

We call Presbyterians to stand with our partners in the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in deep concern and prayer for their people and for their property. Our partners report that the government of Sudan has destroyed the house of the pastor of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Khartoum North. They note that church members thwarted efforts to destroy the pastor’s office.


The church is the people. But such attacks on church property represent an effort to intimidate the community and to suppress religious freedom. Our partners ask us for solidarity and action, including prayer.

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Justice Unbound: Feminism as Evangelism - how gender justice brought me back to the church

Justice Unbound:  Feminism as Evangelism - how gender justice brought me back to the church | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
How Gender Justice Brought Me Back to the Church “I have always found it difficult to walk away from the church, but I have also found it difficult to walk with it.” [1] Those evocative words, the first sentence of feminist…
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The Conspicuous Absence Of Biblical Values In The Immigration Debate | The American Jesus

The Conspicuous Absence Of Biblical Values In The Immigration Debate | The American Jesus | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Last night President Obama announced a new approach to immigration in which the government will go after “felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids.” Today, my Facebook feed is predictably filling up with outrage. It’s the same sort Continue Reading

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Gifts of God: The Sacraments - Baptism: A Sign of Promise - YouTube

Gifts of God: The Sacraments, in two parts―Baptism: A Sign of Promise and Communion: A Feast of Grace, is made available through the five denominations of th...
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Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale Continues a 60-Year Tradition of Giving by Providing more than 700 Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need - Moipon!

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The true spirit of giving and helping those in need will come alive on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale.
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Stewardship Warrenton Presbyterian Church 1080p - YouTube

Stewardship Warrenton Presbyterian Church 1080p: http://t.co/EZbLPu9SKB via @YouTube
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Light-Up Night Festival at Eastminster Presbyterian Church

Light-Up Night Festival at Eastminster Presbyterian Church | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
http://t.co/0hZQdxwtQT http://t.co/shVII5KEuW
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#GivingTuesday - National Day of Giving - December 2nd - Presbyterian Church Foundation

#GivingTuesday - National Day of Giving - December 2nd - Presbyterian Church Foundation | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

On December 2, 2014, the world comes together to give.  Use this site to support mission and ministry at home and around the world.
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