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The evolution of Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore - Religion News Service

The evolution of Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

(RNS) Russell Moore, the new chief ethicist for the Southern Baptist Convention, has Jesus in his heart, Wendell Berry on his bookshelf and Merle Haggard on his iPod.

 

 His first few weeks in office have been a kind of baptism by fire.

 

The 41-year-old Moore took over as president of the Nashville, Tenn.-based Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission on June 1, just as prominent Southern Baptists were calling for a boycott of the Boy Scouts. Then came the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which landed Moore in the spotlight as an opponent of same-sex marriage.

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Papal call * Ebola-free * Per capita alcohol: Friday Roundup - Religion News Service

Papal call * Ebola-free * Per capita alcohol: Friday Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Pope Francis calls the parents of beheaded journalist James Foley. Missionary Kent Brantly is discharged from Atlanta hospital. A list of the countries with the highest per-capita alcohol consumption.
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Welcome! There are over two years worth of searchable materials on THINKING PRESBYTERIAN. TP collects 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.


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Session cancels meeting to vote on dismissal from PCUSA citing "simple math" - The Layman Online

Session cancels meeting to vote on dismissal from PCUSA citing "simple math" - The Layman Online | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In a called meeting, the Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Aurora, Ill. voted to cancel the congregational meeting previously called for September 14. At that meeting the congregation was scheduled...
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'Moral Monday' expands to a week of social justice action across U.S. - Religion News Service

'Moral Monday' expands to a week of social justice action across U.S. - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) One day a week in one state isn't enough for clergy and activists' ambitious progressive agenda.
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Ebola Crisis Index — Presbyterian Disaster Assistance — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency

Ebola Crisis Index — Presbyterian Disaster Assistance — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Ebola Crisis Index (Situation reports from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance on #Ebola outbreaks. http://t.co/o0OQccN4NT #pcusa)
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The politics of not defending Middle Eastern Christians | The Christian Century

The politics of not defending Middle Eastern Christians | The Christian Century | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
�Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?� asks Ronald S. Lauder.
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Presbyterians for Earth Care: Sign the Faith Climate Petition

Presbyterians for Earth Care: Sign the Faith Climate Petition | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterians for Earth Care: Sign the Faith Climate Petition http://t.co/OT4VJJ54wu
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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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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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'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.


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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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PC(USA) Office of Public Witness: J. Herbert Nelson on the Killing of African American Boys and Men

PC(USA) Office of Public Witness: J. Herbert Nelson on the Killing of African American Boys and Men | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“In each time and place, there are particular problems and crisis through which God calls the church to act. The church, guided by the Spirit, humbled by its own complicity and instructed by all attainable knowledge, seeks to discern the will of God and learn how to obey in these concrete situations…”
-- The Confession of 1967, 9.43
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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – August 22

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – August 22 | 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 #1751 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on August 22 (check local listings).
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GUEST BLOGGER: Reflections on Ferguson from a white mother of black sons - Bruce Reyes-Chow

GUEST BLOGGER: Reflections on Ferguson from a white mother of black sons - Bruce Reyes-Chow | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A reflection of a white mother of black sons (Reflections on Ferguson from a white mother of black sons by @ccush69 http://t.co/8fdLtze8kc #ferguson http://t.co/zUPVb0UBDj)...
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Can We Gather at the Table?

Can We Gather at the Table? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Can We Gather at the Table? (Can We Gather at the Table? http://t.co/FjOVrgfCnf Ecumenical Relations (Office of the General Assembly))
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Larissa Kwong Abazia: From a moment to a movement

Larissa Kwong Abazia:  From a moment to a movement | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
"It can't just be a moment, it needs to be a movement." My English major sensibilities need you to know that this is not a direct quote. I can't even remember where it came from in the virtual pile...
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Larissa Kwong Abazia is Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


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Ebola doctor released * Ferguson church searched * Israel strikes: Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Ebola doctor released * Ferguson church searched * Israel strikes: Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The doctor who was infected with Ebola will be released from a U.S. hospital today. Volunteers say a church that offered shelter to protesters was searched yesterday. Plus, Israeli airstrikes killed three of Hamas' top commanders.
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A pair of churches leaves Carlisle Presbytery; 9th congregation departs Santa Barbara

A pair of churches leaves Carlisle Presbytery; 9th congregation departs Santa Barbara | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The number of congregations released from the Presbyterian Church (USA) by the Presbytery of Carlisle grew to three with the dismissals of Lower Path Valley Presbyterian Church and...
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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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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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