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Thursday's Religion News Roundup: Bible readings * Madonna's Quran * Reality TV

Thursday's Religion News Roundup:  Bible readings * Madonna's Quran * Reality TV | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Religious leaders gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol to read the Bible. Madonna is studying the Quran. A new reality TV show about prosperity gospel preachers.
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Pope a Cafeteria Catholic * D'Souza a Star * Usher Code: Friday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Pope a Cafeteria Catholic * D'Souza a Star * Usher Code: Friday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Also: "Fifty Shades of Church." A Catholic media war brewing? Solomon's Temple in Sao Paulo. And a New York Times reporter tweets about "ruthlessly" crushing anti-LGBT sentiment. It's fatwas everywhere these days
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We are changing our logo at the top of this site to stand with those showing solidarity for Christians being persecuted in Mosul#WeAreN, and


Welcome! There are almost two years worth of searchable materials on THINKING PRESBYTERIAN. We collect 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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Higher Calling, Lower Wages: The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy

Higher Calling, Lower Wages: The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
As full-time pastors become a thing of the past, more and more seminary grads are taking on secular jobs to supplement their incomes. 
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▶ 2015 Call to the Gathering - YouTube

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A PC(USA) Digital Project · PC(USA) Sexuality Votes: A Visualization Project

A PC(USA) Digital Project · PC(USA) Sexuality Votes: A Visualization Project | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Visualizing PC(USA) Votes, a project tracking some of the sexuality-related votes to change the "Book of Order" from 1996 to present (A PC(USA) Digital Project · PC(USA) Sexuality Votes: A Visualization Project
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Churches call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza - Anglicannews

Churches call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza - Anglicannews | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Churches call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza
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[WCC] Expressing grave concern over the escalation of military operations in Gaza, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev.
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Solidarity sign * Humanist soldiers * Fact and fiction: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Solidarity sign * Humanist soldiers * Fact and fiction: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Christians adopt the Arabic letter 'N' in solidarity with their co-religionists expelled from Mosul. Humanists want an Army chaplain to call their own. Fact and fiction.
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Statement issued by PC(USA) denouncing attacks in Mosul

Statement issued by PC(USA) denouncing attacks in Mosul | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

It is with great sadness and deep concern that we join our voice with the voice of the church in Iraq to cry out against the terrible attack being waged against Christians, Shiite Muslims, and other religious minorities in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul. We condemn all actions seeking to discriminate between indigenous residents and citizens of Iraq based on religion or sect, and actions that threaten the safety and human dignity of innocents seeking to live out their Christian or Muslim faith in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere in the region.


We denounce the fear and hate-based tactics of Islamic extremists being used to force Christians to convert to a particular expression of Islam, pay an unspecified tax (jizya) for their safety, leave with only the clothes on their backs, or stay and be killed.

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Action and Engagement: Israel and Palestine - a resource page on the actions of the 221 General Assembly (2014) from PC(USA) OGA

Action and Engagement:  Israel and Palestine - a resource page on the actions of the 221 General Assembly (2014) from PC(USA) OGA | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

"We pray no one else,

not a single Israeli or Palestinian

will die in this struggle."

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ISIS burns 1,800-year-old church in Mosul

ISIS burns 1,800-year-old church in Mosul | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Militants from the radical jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have set fire to a
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Christian exodus from Mosul is a tragedy says World Council of Churches - Ecumenical News

Christian exodus from Mosul is a tragedy says World Council of Churches - Ecumenical News | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Iraq's current situation is a "tragedy for many", both Christians and Muslims, and deeply worrying says the World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev. Olav Fyske Tveit.


"It is with great sorrow that we see the apparent ending of a Christian presence in Mosul, present there since the earliest centuries of Christianity," said Tveit in a statement Monday.


Citing the departure of Mosul's Christian population he asked for prayer for of Iraq's people, particularly "those from minority communities, both Christian and Muslim, who have been forced to leave their homes."

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FairMormon Tackles Challenging Issues at Annual Conference - Religion Press Release Services

FairMormon Tackles Challenging Issues at Annual Conference - Religion Press Release Services | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Provo, UT: FairMormon has announced that the 16th annual FairMormon Conference will be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah on August 7-8th 2014. This conference, which has been growing in popularity and size each year, will be tackling controversial issues that have sometimes challenged the faith of those within the international […]
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Presbyterian playwright addresses patriarchy at seminary

Presbyterian playwright addresses patriarchy at seminary | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Holmgren didn’t go to Princeton naïve about the challenges she would face; in fact, she went intending to be an agent of change. That’s what God Girl is about.


The play focuses on the pressure for the seminary to see the damage of patriarchy while telling the stories of women who feel assaulted rather than nourished. Physical attacks, humiliation, sexual harassment and inappropriate use of power are a few of the realities Holmgren and her classmates experienced and which are portrayed in the play.


In the play, professors address students by saying, “Men, open your books … Remember, you are sons of God ... This is a brotherhood of man…” This male-centered language is intentionally used to belittle the female students in the room.


Holmgren and other female students at the time believed themselves to be on the front lines, challenging a system of theological education that saw no need to change and frequently pushed away people who insisted it should.

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▶ Reconciling Paul Introduction - YouTube

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An Introduction to the 2014-2015 PW/Horizons Bible Study, Reconciling Paul by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty.

Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty teaches each lesson in this study. Includes conversations with guests who enhance lesson themes, questions and discussion starters, and main points and lesson summaries for each lesson.

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U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children

U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Across the theological spectrum, clergy are urging Americans to welcome the child migrants arriving from Central America, and many are providing services for them.
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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly - July 25 - Religion Press Release Services

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly - July 25 - Religion Press Release Services | 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 #1747 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on July 25 (check local listings).   Latino Converts to Islam - As Muslims around the world prepare to end their month-long Ramadan fasting, Managing Editor Kim Lawton looks at one of the fastest-growing segments of the […]
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What iReallyi Happened at the 2014 PCUSA General Assembly

What iReallyi Happened at the 2014 PCUSA General Assembly | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
What Really Happened at the 2014 PC(USA) General Assembly? Internet Download - Eva Stimson : TheThoughtfulChristian.com (RT @TTC_Thoughts: What really happened at the 2014 @Presbyga ?
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General Assembly: Looking Back (poem) - The Presbyterian Outlook

General Assembly: Looking Back (poem) - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
John Calvin would be lost here. John Knox would be hard put to find a place to rest his shaggy head, and even Eugene Carson Blake might be a bit bewildered by the way things have developed in this mean time.
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Elder evangelism * Philadelphia 11 * Holy 6-pack! : Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Elder evangelism * Philadelphia 11 * Holy 6-pack! : Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Trolling for souls in God's waiting room. Insult to injury in another botched execution. Pope Francis' evangelical BFFs. All that and more in today's Roundup.
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We are changing our logo at the top of this site to stand with those showing solidarity for Christians being persecuted in Mosul #WeAreN, and


Welcome! There are almost two years worth of searchable materials on THINKING PRESBYTERIAN. We collect 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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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Mr. President: Press firmly for ceasefire in Gaza and Israel

“Mr. President: Press firmly for ceasefire in Gaza and Israel (Mr.”
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Counting Bodies * "Poor Door" * Rocking Abuse: Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Counting Bodies * "Poor Door" * Rocking Abuse: Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Yes, a New York luxury condo building will have a separate door for lower income folks. Mark Driscoll is back on Twitter, sorta. Tom Petty has a protest song about clergy sex abuse. And in a New York diocese, lay people can no longer preach.
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from the curator:   Welcome! There are almost two years worth of searchable materials on THINKING PRESBYTERIAN. We collect 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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Pastor’s Tough Words About the Religious Right and Evangelicalism: ‘Big-Time Damage to the Brand of Christianity’

Pastor’s Tough Words About the Religious Right and Evangelicalism: ‘Big-Time Damage to the Brand of Christianity’ | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Pastor Tullian Tchividjian, senior pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, believes that evangelical Christianity has been tarnished by its association with the religious right. Tchividjian told TheBlaze that the relationship between Christianity and certain political movements and leaders has led to false impressions among nonbelievers...
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from Wikipedia:  "Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church is a Christian megachurch within the Presbyterian Church in America located inFort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. It was founded in 1960 by D. James Kennedy (1930–2007), who served as the church's senior pastor until his death in 2007. The present church building seating 2,800 persons was dedicated on February 3, 1974 by evangelist Billy Graham. It became affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Americadenomination on May 16, 1978; Coral Ridge was originally a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, the so-called "Southern" church before 1983."

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LGBT rights * Middle East woes * Secret of happiness: Monday’s Roundup - Religion News Service

LGBT rights * Middle East woes * Secret of happiness: Monday’s Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Life (endangered), liberty (maybe enhanced or endangered, depending on your LGBT views) and the pursuit of happiness -- all in today's religion news round up.
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from the curator:   Welcome! There are almost two years worth of searchable materials on THINKING PRESBYTERIAN. We collect 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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The Cove Community: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Situation Report - Unaccompanied Children

The Cove Community: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Situation Report - Unaccompanied Children | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Cove Community: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Situation Report ... http://t.co/gEcLLG33Xy
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Sarah Barringer Gordon and Nomi Stolzenberg: Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, and a New Religious Order

Sarah Barringer Gordon and Nomi Stolzenberg:  Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, and a New Religious Order | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court handed down its much-awaited decision in Hobby Lobby, holding that closely held business corporations are “persons” endowed with religious rights.  Then it followed up with an even more stunning order granting a temporary injunction to Wheaton College, which objects to signing forms that certify its eligibility for exemption from the “contraceptive mandate.
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Spare time to serve

Spare time to serve | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

STATESVILLE, N.C.


Coastal communities often attract retired residents or winter visitors with plenty of spare time. Rockport, Texas, is no different. But there, community members are using their time to serve others.


Seven years ago, members at Rockport’s First Presbyterian Church were discussing local hunger issues and decided to offer a free meal every Tuesday night. First’s pastor, the Rev. Charlie Schuler, took the idea to other local pastors to see if their churches would be willing to contribute time and money to the ministry — now, seven churches in Rockport help with the weekly meal.


Many of the 300 people who show up to Community Table every week are homeless or poor, but others are looking for the sense of community the dinners provide.

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