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Thursday's Religion News Roundup: Prayer rules * Mystery exits * Naked 'Priests'

Thursday's Religion News Roundup:  Prayer rules * Mystery exits * Naked 'Priests' | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court hunts for prayers acceptable to all. Tuesday's elections have both parties in a tizzy. U.S. bishops, looking to elect their own leader next week, feel the effect of Pope Francis.
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Hijab Happiness * Bono's Poem * Harvest Bible : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Hijab Happiness * Bono's Poem * Harvest Bible : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A hijab could make you feel better about your body. Bono's love for Billy Graham. And Harvest Bible Chapel is sorry for the way it treated three of its own.
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Preparations for Weekend of Theology, Advocacy and Worship Ignite Hudson River Presbytery

Preparations for Weekend of Theology, Advocacy and Worship Ignite Hudson River Presbytery | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
September 16, 2014 by Noelle Damico Scarborough – September 27-­‐28th, Hudson River Presbytery will be hosting a weekend of theology, advocacy and worship called “Changing the Conversation: Claiming Our Voice.” Presbyterians throughout the...
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Steve Salyards: A Property Settlement In Texas | The GA Junkie

Steve Salyards:  A Property Settlement In Texas | The GA Junkie | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

While I accept and respect that statement, for those of us that have been through this we know there are also plenty of practical reasons to settle. In particular it allows the church to put the case behind them and move on. It is also a matter of counting the cost: What are the chances of prevailing in the courts a couple of years from now versus what can we settle for now.


In the end each side seems to have gotten an important result. The church has gotten their dismissal with property from the PC(USA) and in the $7.8 million payment the presbytery – and by extension the denomination – has gotten a tacit acknowledgement of the trust clause.

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Churches advocate for the rights of stateless people — World Council of Churches

Churches advocate for the rights of stateless people — World Council of Churches | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
To give visibility to the voices of stateless people in our society as well as to strategize together in how to support protection of their rights, a consultation was held by church organizations in Den Dolder, the Netherlands, in preparation of...
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In Ebola-ravaged Liberia, churches serve as a last gathering place

In Ebola-ravaged Liberia, churches serve as a last gathering place | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Formal gatherings of any kind are discouraged in Liberia these days, because the lethal Ebola virus is spread by contact with other people’s body fluids, including sweat and saliva.
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Back in the bow ties for church!! - Michael J Mcgeehan | Facebook

Back in the bow ties for church!! (Back in the bow ties for church!! — at Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville http://t.co/lad7r9PCSB)
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Church's tribute to Ian Paisley

Church's tribute to Ian Paisley | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Mr Paisley will be buried in County Down on Monday, following a private funeral service at his family home in east Belfast.


The church said it had learned of the former DUP leader and first minister's death "with deep sadness and regret".


Mr Paisley was a founder of the Free Presbyterian Church in 1951 after a split with the Presbyterian Church.

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First Presbyterian Church to celebrate 175 years - Iowa City Press Citizen

First Presbyterian Church to celebrate 175 years - Iowa City Press Citizen | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
First Presbyterian Church to celebrate 175 years
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The commencement of First Presbyterian Church's 175th anniversary year will be at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at 2701 Rochester Ave.
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Bounced from St. Catherine-St. Lucy 23 years ago, Sister Teresita welcomed home

Bounced from St. Catherine-St. Lucy 23 years ago, Sister Teresita welcomed home | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
On Sunday morning Sister Teresita Weind took the pulpit at St. Catherine-St. Lucy Church. And she preached about how long it takes for the deep hurts in people to heal. 
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This is not a drill: Guest commentary from Edward Koster - The Presbyterian Outlook

This is not a drill: Guest commentary from Edward Koster - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In 2010, the General Assembly approved an authoritative interpretation (AI) that included the following statements: “Neither the General Assembly nor the GAPJC [General Assembly Permanent Judicial Committee] may alter the wording of the Constitution by means of an authoritative interpretation. … The General Assembly and the GAPJC must exercise great care to ensure that any interpretation remains true to the plain meaning and context of the provision interpreted.” It was proposed by the Advisory Committee on the Constitution (ACC). This AI fully comported with the intent and historic use of authoritative interpretations, so it was not surprising when the ACC …
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‘People with a heart’

‘People with a heart’ | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
‘People with a heart’ (Host congregation provides help after tragedy http://t.co/K3rB2OGsq0 #faith #PCUSA)
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Ian Paisley's many faces: orator, inciter, charmer - TheNewsTribune.com

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O Lord Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz? Thoughts on Prosperity and the “Financialisation” of Christianity (by Matthew Sharpe)

Matthew Sharpe School of Humanities and Social Science, Deakin University, Australia This is the third post in a series on religion and political thought in Australia.  See introduction here.
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TimesWarp: What's left in Gaza? Don't Ask. Don't Tell.

A reader could spend a good deal of time scrutinizing this map and never learn that the Israeli attack on Gaza:


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Visit Israel-Palestine with Kate and PC(USA) World Mission!

Visit Israel-Palestine with Kate and PC(USA) World Mission! | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Come and See: Responding to the Call for Partnership, A PC(USA) World Mission Trip to Israel-Palestine; April 13-24, 2015; Cost: $2500 plus airfare (all other expenses included); Application deadline: November 1, 2014 (Visit Israel-Palestine with...
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Seminaries & the church: Moving forward

Seminaries & the church: Moving forward | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The number one goal at summer camp for my teenage son, Garrison, was to skipper a Lightning, a 19-foot-long fully rigged sailing sloop.
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Francis weddings * Anti-semitism rally * Ebola ban: Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Francis weddings * Anti-semitism rally * Ebola ban: Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Pope Francis wed couples, including cohabitating ones. German chancellor Angela Merkel led an anti-Semitism rally. Plus, Nigeria stopped religious gatherings to try to stop Ebola from spreading.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Resources - Proposed Amendments to the Constitution

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Resources - Proposed Amendments to the Constitution | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Proposed Amendments to the Constitution
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IMANI PERRY — The Fabric of Our Identity The first in a four-part series, "The American Consciousness."

IMANI PERRY — The Fabric of Our Identity  The first in a four-part series, "The American Consciousness." | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Imani Perry is a scholar of law, culture, race — and hip hop. She acknowledges wise voices who say that we will never get to the promised land of racial equality. She writes, “That may very well be true, but it also true that extraordinary things have happened and keep happening in our history. The question is, how do we prepare for and precipitate them?” We took her up on this emboldening question at the Chautauqua Institution, on the cusp of yet a new collective reckoning with the racial fabric of American life.

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Stories of Transformation: A Church Pursues Its Passion for Community - ChristianityToday.com

Stories of Transformation: A Church Pursues Its Passion for Community - ChristianityToday.com | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Stories of Transformation: A Church Pursues Its Passion for Community
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Bloomfield Hills Presbyterian church offers classes for the 21st century Christian - The Oakland Press

Bloomfield Hills Presbyterian church offers classes for the 21st century Christian - The Oakland Press | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Bloomfield Hills Presbyterian church offers classes for the 21st century Christian The Oakland Press The series features a variety of presentations by distinguished scholars from the surrounding community and across the country including the PC...
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Main global church groups agree to tackle Christian persecution together - Ecumenical News

Main global church groups agree to tackle Christian persecution together - Ecumenical News | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Ecumenical News Main global church groups agree to tackle Christian persecution together Ecumenical News It included representatives from the Vatican, the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Pentecostal World...
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Victoria Osteen’s Latest Prosperity Gospel Sermon

Victoria Osteen’s Latest Prosperity Gospel Sermon | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Christians around the world have been reacting with a mix of stunned horror and comedic reaction to Lakewood Church co-pastor Victoria Olsteen’s recent sermon in which the televangelist Joel Olsteen’s wife remarked that “when we obey God, we’re...
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This Week in God, 9.13.14

This Week in God, 9.13.14 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
U.S. Air Force told an atheist airman he must swear an oath to God -- or he'll be excluded from serving.
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Pew Research Center: How many people of different faiths do you know?

Pew Research Center: How many people of different faiths do you know? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A Pew Research Center survey shows how many people in religious groups know other people of different religions.
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