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An aging maverick, Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong has no regrets

An aging maverick, Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong has no regrets | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (RNS) At 82, retired and enjoying life, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesn’t have to be the liberal enfant terrible whose pronouncements for gay rights and against traditional dogmas once scandalized Christendom.
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Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day

Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“I fix all the blame of these extraordinary proceedings upon the Presbyterians.”  So one colonist loyal to King George wrote to friends in England.

Around the same time, Horace Walpole spoke from the English House of Commons to report on these “extraordinary proceedings” in the colonies of the new world.  “There is no good crying about the matter,” he said.  “Cousin America has run off with the Presbyterian parson, and that is the end of it.”
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The Struggle For The Soul Of The Church

Below is an edited version of the Keynote delivered in at the United Church of Christ General Synod on June 29, 2015 in Cleveland, Oh. The theme of the Synod was "Unexpected Places."

It is great a honor to speak with all of you this morning and I feel very fortunate that I am here, with the United Church of Christ, because walking among you and hearing the important conversations you are having is giving me hope for the church in this historic time for our country.

These last few days have been deeply emotional, with a whiplash between outrage and elation. The tears of joy at the Supreme Court vote to grant marriage equality to LGBT Americans blends with tears of loss and rage at the burial of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and the rest of the 'Beautiful Nine.'
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Gay marriage * Ramadan deaths * Abortion drone: June’s Religious Freedom Recap

Gay marriage * Ramadan deaths * Abortion drone: June’s Religious Freedom Recap | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
America remains buried under three feet of glitter. More than 1,000 people have died during a Ramadan heatwave in Karachi. And an “abortion drone” was spotted dropping pills over conservative Poland. Read on.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to help churches recently damage/destroyed by fire

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to help churches recently damage/destroyed by fire | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In a joint statement released on July 1, PC(USA) leaders urged everyone to offer prayers and financial support to the churches. “As Christians we live in hope of a Beloved Community where racism and other evils that divide us are washed away. Even as we wait, we are called to work with all our energy and resources to make that a reality. In support of that vision, we urge all Presbyterians and their congregations to reach out to their African American neighbors, assuring them of their love and support, including a willingness to stand with them in the face of danger.” 
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Mission Agency Consolidates Two Ministry Areas into Theology, Formation and Evangelism

Two Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries have merged to form Theology, Formation and Evangelism. The two areas involved were previously called Theology, Worship and Education and Evangelism and Church Growth.

Along with the new name comes a new reporting structure that was recently implemented by executive director Linda Valentine and approved by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee. The new structure has largely been in place since November of 2014, so this action simply makes the structure permanent. No jobs will be eliminated.

“This new structure was designed to best use the skills and gifts of the current staff in the most effective way possible, to increase synergy among some ministries and to eliminate need for new hires,” said Valentine.
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Union receives Parsons Foundation grant for Syngman Rhee Global Mission Center

RICHMOND, Va. – The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has approved a two-to-one challenge grant of $300,000 to Union Presbyterian Seminary for The Syngman Rhee Global Mission Center for Christian Education. The Parsons Foundation approved the...
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United Church of Christ votes to divest from Israeli companies in occupied territories

United Church of Christ votes to divest from Israeli companies in occupied territories | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) The vote marks a victory for a broad international movement which aims to pressure Israel into extracting itself from Palestinian lands by a strategy known as BDS -- Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions.
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Clergy Arrested as "Moral Mondays" Protests Legislative Corruption and Inaction | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

Clergy Arrested as "Moral Mondays" Protests Legislative Corruption and Inaction | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Rev. Shannan Vance Ocampo, of Albany Presbytery said: “The dysfunction in our legislature is frustrating to begin with, but the inability to advance policies which serve the common good is devastating for the people of our communities who continue to struggle in the most unequal state in the nation. As leaders of faith communities, we know this first-hand because we are at the front lines of help and service to these communities which have been long ignored and exploited. Hunger and poverty won’t take a break at the end of the session, and families will continue to bear an undue burden as the rich enjoy tax breaks and advantages bought through campaign contribution loopholes. As people of faith, we have a moral imperative to demand our elected officials work to serve every person in our state, and not just their wealthy benefactors. We can stand in no other place than here as faith communities because we stand for all people and believe in the equality and dignity of all people. We will continue to oppose an immoral state budget with all that we have.  We will not be silent."
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Ministers and Marriage

Ministers and Marriage | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
It is an odd relationship–the way ministers often act as agents of the state to sign civil marriage licenses. We can’t sign any other documents on behalf of the state.
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Kenneth J. McFayden appointed academic dean of UPSem Richmond campus

Kenneth J. McFayden appointed academic dean of UPSem Richmond campus | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
RICHMOND, Va. (Union Seminary communications) Kenneth J. McFayden, a widely recognized expert in leadership and change, has been appointed the next academic dean of the Richmond campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary.
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Congregations receive excellence grants of $35,000 each

Congregations receive excellence grants of $35,000 each | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) Three worshiping communities have been named winners of the 2015 Sam and Helen R. Walton Award—for their excellence as new church starts in their local communities. The winning communities will each receive $35,000.
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Huffington Post: We Forget That Clergy Have Always Stood On The Front Lines For Gay Rights

Huffington Post:  We Forget That Clergy Have Always Stood On The Front Lines For Gay Rights | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
On New Year's Day 1965, hundreds of gay San Franciscans arrived at 625 Polk Street in the city's Tenderloin district for a much-anticipated "Mardi Gras Ball."

The event organized by gay
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Text of Obama's 'Amazing Grace' eulogy for Charleston pastor - Religion News Service

President Obama spoke of the black church as the bulwark of the people, of gun violence and racism. But he wove it all in to a meditation on God's grace. "If we can find that grace, anything is possible."
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Korean American church leaders gather in nation’s capital

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Korean American church leaders gather in nation’s capital | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Korean American church leaders gather in nation’s capital
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The Charleston Nine: Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson Responds

The Charleston Nine: Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson Responds | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 on the occasion of remembering the Charleston 9 and embracing the issue of race in the United States.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - PC(USA) leaders issue statement on church burnings

PC(USA) leaders issue statement on church burnings
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Mission Agency Board responds to lawsuit

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Mission Agency Board responds to lawsuit | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Dermody, former deputy executive director for mission, filed a defamation suit against the PC(USA) May 29, 2015, in Louisville’s Jefferson Circuit Court.


He is one of four PC(USA) employees placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 14, 2014, while an independent investigation was conducted regarding the establishment of an unauthorized nonprofit corporation, the Presbyterian Centers for New Church Innovations, Inc. (PCNCI). An announcement was made June 1, 2015, that the four were no longer employed by the Presbyterian Mission Agency.


The Rev. Eric Hoey filed a similar suit on June 16, 2015. A response to Hoey’s suit is due on or before July 8. Hoey is the former director of Evangelism and Church Growth at the PC(USA).


The PC(USA)’s response claims Dermody is barred from bringing civil charges against the church by the “ecclesiastical abstention doctrine or ministerial exception.” These clauses assert Dermody, as a teaching elder of the PC(USA), agreed to the disciplinary process—including reporting of disciplinary actions—as a condition of his ordination.


The response further claims the reporting of disciplinary action against Dermody, made to the presbytery and the wider denomination, were “required by the Church’s policies and practices informed by its faith and polity.”


The church denies Dermody’s claims of defamation, asserting, “Any statements made by or attributed to the [PC(USA)] were true or substantially true.” The defense states moreover that the church is not legally responsible for rumors or gossip that spread after these truthful statements were made, or for reports published by third parties such as the Presbyterian Outlook.

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Racism and religious persecution: Who’s burning black churches?

Racism and religious persecution: Who’s burning black churches? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Guest commentary by Denise Anderson On June 17, 2015, nine people were shot and killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white supremacist. Since then six predominantly black churches across the South have gone up in flames.
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Adam Copeland: Same-Sex Marriage & the Christian Majority

Adam Copeland:  Same-Sex Marriage & the Christian Majority | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Within 10 minutes on Monday morning, I ran into not one, but two news stories covering the “Christian reaction” to the Supreme Court’s ruling last week affirming the rights of citizens to same-sex marriage.
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An Open Letter to Franklin Graham

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Brother, when you reference the Bible with a level of biblical illiteracy you have shown in your response to the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage, it is too much. You have embarrassed yourself and your clan.
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Presbyterian Mission Agency Consolidates Two Ministry Areas into Theology, Formation and Evangelism

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Two Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries have merged to form Theology, Formation and Evangelism. The two areas involved were previously called Theology, Worship and Education and Evangelism and Church Growth.
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A Presbyterian Perspective on Racism

A Presbyterian Perspective on Racism | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Lamenting with Mother Emanual AME June 29, 2015  DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson: nine human beings,...
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Former minister: ‘overwhelming feeling of gratitude’ in wake

Former minister: ‘overwhelming feeling of gratitude’ in wake | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Jane Spahr, the former Presbyterian minister who defied the mainline Protestant denomination’s
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USAToday: High-court ruling won't affect church weddings

USAToday: High-court ruling won't affect church weddings | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Rev. Cynthia Campbell of Highland Presbyterian Church said Friday that she looks forward to performing her church's first same-sex marriage now that Kentucky's ban on gay marriage has
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