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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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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) applauds New York City efforts to help fast-food workers

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) applauds New York City efforts to help fast-food workers | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) applauds New York City efforts to help fast-food workers
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To POTUS 45: How to win the white evangelicals - Christians, Conflict and Change

To POTUS 45: How to win the white evangelicals - Christians, Conflict and Change | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Rev. Dr. David Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. He is the author or editor of 20 books in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, and Changing Our Mind. He has been puzzling over Christians, conflict & change for a very long time.
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Rev. Dr. David Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. He is the author or editor of 20 books in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, and Changing Our Mind. He has been puzzling over Christians, conflict & change for a very long time.

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders urge presidential candidates to make poverty a priority

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders urge presidential candidates to make poverty a priority | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders urge presidential candidates to make poverty a priority
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The religious have gone insane: The separation of church and state — and Scalia from his mind

The religious have gone insane: The separation of church and state — and Scalia from his mind | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The headline on the News Nerd was almost too good to be true: “American Psychological Association to Classify Belief in God As a Mental Illness.”  A study, the story beneath it read, had led the APA to conclude that “a strong and passionate belief in a deity or higher power, to the point where it impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters, will now be classified as a mental illness.”  Faith’s recurrent lethality was adduced: “Every year thousands of people die after refusing life-saving treatment on religious grounds.”  Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, said the article, refuse lifesaving transfusions (on account of biblical prohibitions against the drinking of blood).
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Promises to keep: Sheldon Jackson College dissolves, but legacy continues

Promises to keep: Sheldon Jackson College dissolves, but legacy continues | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
by Jerry L. Van Marter In May 2007 Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska, conducted its last classes. On June 30, 2015, the storied Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related school officially ceased to exist and its board of trustees was dissolved. Few would have guessed that the concluding chapter in the 137-year-old saga of the college (known to most simply as “SJ”) was anything but another sad ending in the annals of Presbyterian history. As an SJ trustee since 2000, I’m here to tell why this n
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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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An open letter to all the presbyteries who voted against Amendment 14F - The Layman Online

I wish to thank all of you for voting against Amendment 14F. The finally tally is 121-48 with 2 not taking any action
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Jim:  sad, but no surprises here.

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Climate change at Big Tent 2015 – Q&A with Rebecca Barnes

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Climate change at Big Tent 2015 – Q&A with Rebecca Barnes | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
PC(USA) earth care advocate presenting two workshops at Big Tent 2015
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders urge presidential candidates to make poverty a priority

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders urge presidential candidates to make poverty a priority | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders urge presidential candidates to make poverty a priority
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W. SCOTT LAMB: Donald Trump is a Presbyterian? Who knew? - Washington Times

W. SCOTT LAMB: Donald Trump is a Presbyterian? Who knew? - Washington Times | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
When it comes to Presbyterian theology and social witness, Trump is an equal opportunity offender.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Water project changes lives and brings smiles in Congo

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Water project changes lives and brings smiles in Congo | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Water project changes lives and brings smiles in Congo
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Uncovering the Religious Roots That Led to Environmental Movement

Uncovering the Religious Roots That Led to Environmental Movement | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
An expert debunks the preconception that conservation and religion are inherently hostile toward each other.
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...thanks to Brit Johnston for recommending this article.

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - South African peacemaker promotes restitution model focusing on housing, education and employment

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - South African peacemaker promotes restitution model focusing on housing, education and employment | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
South African peacemaker promotes restitution model focusing on housing, education and employment
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Company of New Pastors program mentors clergy for success

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Company of New Pastors program mentors clergy for success | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Company of New Pastors program mentors clergy for success
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Jan Edmiston: Owning It

Jan Edmiston:  Owning It | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In life and in death, we belong to God. I’m recovering from reading Go Set a Watchman and Between the World and Me (assuming I will ever fully recover) – two books released on the same day with similar themes that you must read if you hope to be an...
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Going deep: God’s proven way of spreading the light of Christ

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Going deep: God’s proven way of spreading the light of Christ | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Going deep: God’s proven way of spreading the light of Christ
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PC(USA) celebrates 130 years of Korean mission

PC(USA) celebrates 130 years of Korean mission | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) In the 1880s, Presbyterians seeking to engage in foreign mission work were closely monitoring diplomatic developments in Korea.
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Presbyterian Outlook: Theological conversations highlight need for training on cultural diversity, humility

Presbyterian Outlook:  Theological conversations highlight need for training on cultural diversity, humility | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) Incidents of racially charged violence across the country—from Ferguson to Baltimore, and in many other cities in between—and the public reaction and outcry for justice that followed each have once again brought to light underlying racial tensions that exist in American society. While many victories have been won in terms of legislation over the past several decades, women and men from racial minority communities still face obstacles of prejudice and stereotypes that have yet to
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian young adults speak out on violence against women and girls

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian young adults speak out on violence against women and girls | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterian young adults speak out on violence against women and girls
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Theological conversations highlight need for training on cultural diversity, humility

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Theological conversations highlight need for training on cultural diversity, humility | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Theological conversations highlight need for training on cultural diversity, humility
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - National Black Presbyterian Caucus responds to the signs of the times

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - National Black Presbyterian Caucus responds to the signs of the times | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
National Black Presbyterian Caucus responds to the signs of the times
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PC(USA) Office of Public Witness: Action Alert: Congress, Protect the Human Rights of Migrants!

PC(USA) Office of Public Witness: Action Alert: Congress, Protect the Human Rights of Migrants! | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Hope despite war: Marilyn Borst speaks of the church in Syria and Iraq

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Hope despite war: Marilyn Borst speaks of the church in Syria and Iraq | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Hope despite war: Marilyn Borst speaks of the church in Syria and Iraq
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Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal http://t.co/OQ1f3qU9cV
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