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We denounce the death threats were received on January 11, 2015 by three of the pastoral leaders in the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia and by the communities and leaders that we have been blessed to walk alongside in the ministry of accompaniment for the last ten years.
When National Guard Sgt. Valerie Deant arrived at a shooting range in Medley, Florida for annual weapons qualifications training in December, she was expecting a typical military exercise. But as she readied for target practice, she noticed several bullet-hole-ridden mug shots of young black men hanging near the range, left behind by the North Miami Beach Police snipers who had just finished using the facilities. That alone was enough to frustrate Deant, but she suddenly came to an even more horrifying realization: one of the pictures was of her brother.
Walk with undocumented persons surviving along the United States-Mexico border in this video documentary produced by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of the General Assembly. Journeying in Hope, which includes a companion print series, spotlights the immigration issue and amplifies efforts by the PC(USA) and its faith partners to provide sanctuary and support.
Christianity! A 2,000 year old tree that’s mature, big, & mighty. With over 3 billion members & 40,000 denominations, it’s connected throngs of people to God & Jesus. Our tree is rooted to the earth & reaches us to the heavens. What a great & glorious gift to the world! - Yet rumor has it, we’re dying. ...
Last year was a time of dynamic engagement for social justice, and progressive faith leaders and religious communities spearheaded much of the action. They tackled the crisis in our immigration system, poverty, climate change, threats to religious freedom and women’s reproductive rights, criminal justice, voting rights, and more. From houses of worship offering prayer vigils around the country to faith-based groups leading rallies outside the U.S. Supreme Court, people of faith are giving public witness to the moral values embedded in our nation’s policies.
Working strategically at the local, state, and national levels, religious leaders and faith advocates remind us how important faith voices are as we work together to create a more just and equitable nation. This year promises to be filled with more vibrant faith engagement. As we look ahead, the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative has crafted a list of 15 progressive faith leaders and groups to watch in 2015 as they work to bring about enduring change.
Alison Harrington, PCUSA pastor in Tucson, AZ is on the list.
“We’re not being overwhelmed by the absence of religious instinct. It’s simply changing.”
When he looks at his own denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), he said, he doesn’t see a declining church, but a big, robust, faithful denomination with a great history, great churches throughout the United States and missions around the world.
For 26 years, Buchanan was the pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, one of the nation’s largest Presbyterian USA churches. He was moderator of the PC-USA in 1996-97, the highest position in the denomination.
He retired three years ago as pastor but stayed on as editor/publisher of the Christian Century, a position he has held since 1999. The magazine is a leading voice in what some call Progressive Protestantism.
What will happen if historic churches step out beyond their facilities?
Yes, many constituents will leave, because they are more invested in space than in the faith community. Decades of opening the doors rather than opening hearts and minds to God will bear sour fruit.
Those who stay will feel liberated from the burden of facilities. They will rejoice that their giving supports mission and ministry, not bricks and mortar. They will step up to serve personally.
Community life will be challenging to maintain, but not nearly so challenging as budget and space-use battles. Clergy will do what they originally felt called to do.