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Monday's Religion News Roundup: Sinful St. Louis * Francis for Pope! * Mormon Doubts - Religion News Service

Monday's Religion News Roundup: Sinful St. Louis * Francis for Pope! * Mormon Doubts - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
They're sinning (a lot) in St. Louis, apparently. Uncle Frank meets a mess and lots of high expectations as he touches down in Brazil. And we finally know how many Anglicans it takes to change a light bulb.
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This Week in God, 3.28.15

This Week in God, 3.28.15 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This week, reality-TV star Phil Robertson shared a gruesome and violent vision -- apparently to make a point about "God's laws."
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'Semper Reformanda' and the PCUSA

'Semper Reformanda' and the PCUSA | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I’m not one for the phrase “right side of history,” but I do think history is important for us to study and learn so that we might remember our own failures and right the ship. We are like Hansel and Gretel picking up these gumdrops placed by our past selves. These moments remind us that we were here before. We can find our way back home again.
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▶ Local Church to Split from national Presbyterian Church USA over Marriage Redefinition - YouTube

The Presbyterian Church gave its final approval last week to change the definition of marriage from being between a man and woman to being between "two peopl...
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The Slingshot: Pope Francis gives homeless people a private tour of the Sistine Chapel

The Slingshot: Pope Francis gives homeless people a private tour of the Sistine Chapel | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
NEED TO KNOW: 03/27/2015

'I'm in need of prayers by people like you'

Pope Francis surprises homeless people during tour of Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis surprised a group of homeless people yesterday when he joined them on a private tour of the Sistine Chapel. He told them: “Welcome. This is everyone’s house, and your house. The doors are always open for all.”
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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – March 27

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – March 27 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1830 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on March 27 (check local listings).
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Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, in with the new | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

The new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum is succeeding the long-standing denominational curriculum We Believe: God’s Word for God’s People.


Growing in Grace & Gratitude will help transform the lives of children and those who love them, shaped by grace and gratitude. This new quarterly curriculum, coming fall 2015, is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship. The curriculum extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love, and it reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.

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How bad is Indiana’s religious freedom bill?

How bad is Indiana’s religious freedom bill? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Not as bad as its opponents fear.
The post How bad is Indiana’s religious freedom bill? appeared first on Spiritual Politics.
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The Slingshot: The mystery of evil, signs of hope

The Slingshot: The mystery of evil, signs of hope | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Germanwings crash and the mystery of evil. Pope Francis on joy. That & more at The Slingshot
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Justice Unbound: Paying Rent Through Service

Justice Unbound:  Paying Rent Through Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Freedom Schools with the Children’s Defense Fund The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools program is a summer literacy program that mostly, but not exclusively, serves children of color in low-income communities.
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Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond

Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This Lenten season, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites its member churches to pray on Sunday 29 March for those affected by wars in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt. The season of prayer is meant to revive hope from hopelessness, taking into account the vulnerability of minority communities and the threat of losing the diversity of the social fabric in this region.

“Many churches and Christians around the world have offered signs of solidarity and sympathy through prayer vigils, humanitarian assistance and advocacy for just peace. Despite these efforts, so many still feel powerless and incapable of making any impact and change,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, in a letter of invitation to prayer addressed to the churches, issued on 24 March.
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The Slingshot: Catholic girls hope school says yes to the dress - Religion News Service

The Slingshot: Catholic girls hope school says yes to the dress - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Richard III is rehab'd and reburied, Catholic school girls hope the principal says yes to the dress, and a flock of adoring nuns mob the pope. All that and more in today's Slingshot.
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Mark Oestreicher on Pastoral Identity: Through the Lens of Belonging

Mark Oestreicher on Pastoral Identity: Through the Lens of Belonging | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Through the Lens of Belonging ...
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Changes coming to PC(USA) ordination exams

LOUSVILLE (PNS) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committee charged with preparing ordination exams has approved changes to administration procedures for the tests, complying with assignments it was given by the General Assembly.
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"Episcopal Presiding Bishop, A Former Oceanographer, Makes Religious Case ... - ThinkProgress

"Episcopal Presiding Bishop, A Former Oceanographer, Makes Religious Case ... - ThinkProgress | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
One of the most powerful women in American Christianity is condemning the path of the climate denier.
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God as a wild dog...and the Bible's other surprising divine metaphors - On Faith & Culture

God as a wild dog...and the Bible's other surprising divine metaphors - On Faith & Culture | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Bestselling author Lauren Winner explores provocative and often overlooked metaphors for God, such as a laboring woman and the "one who smells."
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Obama gives Birmingham pastor shout-out for work against payday lenders

Obama gives Birmingham pastor shout-out for work against payday lenders | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
One of Alabama's most outspoken opponents of payday lenders has been the Rev. Shannon Webster, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham. Obama lauded him during his speech.
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Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials ...

Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials ... | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials accountable
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Calif. AG asks judge to halt initiative to kill gays

Calif. AG asks judge to halt initiative to kill gays | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES --The ballot initiative is given no chance of becoming law, but it gives sponsors a means to attract attention to their proposal.
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Indianapolis mayor calls state’s ‘Religious freedom’ bill a ‘wrong signal’

Indianapolis mayor calls state’s ‘Religious freedom’ bill a ‘wrong signal’ | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Church leaders and the GOP mayor of Indianapolis want the Indiana governor to veto, not sign, a bill that gives legal protection to business owners who refuse to serve gay couples.
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Morning Buzz | Pope Francis Calls Death Penalty “Unacceptable”

In today's buzz, a small township in PA rejected an application for Islamic cemetery, and the last day to register for the release of our new survey.
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Grawemeyer Award winner Willie James Jennings to discuss race and theology at Louisville Seminary April 15

Grawemeyer Award winner Willie James Jennings to discuss race and theology at Louisville Seminary April 15 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Grawemeyer Award winner Willie James Jennings to discuss race and theology at Louisville Seminary April 15
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4 Heartland Presbyterian churches get threat

4 Heartland Presbyterian churches get threat | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
As many as four Presbyterian churches in southeast Missouri have received threats that their buildings will be burned to the ground.
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Mihee Kim-Kort on Pastoral Identity: Being Grateful

Mihee Kim-Kort on Pastoral Identity: Being Grateful | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Being Grateful An excerpt from...
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The Slingshot: A missing minister and Sunday school blues

The Slingshot: A missing minister and Sunday school blues | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
What’s changed since the Supreme Court took buffer zones away from abortion clinics

The Supreme Court has upheld the right to protest on public sidewalks, all the way up to a clinic’s front door. And for those who equate abortion with murder, showing up each day with signs, flyers, and rosary beads may feel like God’s work. But even the most dedicated among them know that true “saves” are few and far between.
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