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Thursday's Religion News Roundup: Pray like JFK * Hug like Francis * Chanukkah Honey

Thursday's Religion News Roundup:  Pray like JFK * Hug like Francis * Chanukkah Honey | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) We're toying around with the Roundup format -- we wanna keep it interesting for y'all -- so let us know what you think.
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with eyes wide open...a reading list for Presbyterians & more...
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This Week in God, 3.28.15

This Week in God, 3.28.15 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This week, reality-TV star Phil Robertson shared a gruesome and violent vision -- apparently to make a point about "God's laws."
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Westminster's grace approach Church, pastor ready to work - Enid News & Eagle

Westminster's grace approach Church, pastor ready to work - Enid News & Eagle | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“We absolutely feel God called us here." — Rusty Mosley, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church
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Marci Glass: Boycott?

Marci Glass:  Boycott? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence signed a law this week for “Religious Freedom Restoration”. On the surface, this is presumably to protect people’s religious expression.
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The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act - An Analysis of Its Controversy

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act - An Analysis of Its Controversy | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I will preface this post by saying that I am not a supporter of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (IRFRA), a/k/a Ind. Code § 34-13-9, et seq. As this post goes on, those reasons will become self-evident but it is mostly because it is so vague and just a poorly written law. However, more than anything, there is a shocking lack of actual analysis of this statute and several arguments are being thrown out there which are rather unfounded. As an Indiana citizen and lawyer, I will do my best to provide insight as to what this bill purports to do and why it has drawn the ire of so many both within and without the borders of this state. So, I invite you, the reader, to take the time to go through this bill and decide for yourself, without prejudice, what you think of this newest piece of legislation (the full text of the law is below beside the titular parallel federal legislation.
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About Matt Anderson

I am civil trial lawyer with Wruble & Associates in South Bend, Indiana and have practiced on both sides of insurance and personal injury law in Illinois and Indiana for the better part of ten years. I created this blog as a way for other Indiana civil litigation and trial attorneys to get meaningful updates on cases ad issues that affect their practice. (I'll admit that there is some self-interest involved since it's also a handy way to summarize and file my own research.)

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Travels around country bring Presbyterian moderator to G.I.

Travels around country bring Presbyterian moderator to G.I. | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

In Grand Island, he first wanted to listen to members and pastors from all the area Presbyterian churches speak about “something that gives you joy, something that makes you excited about being part of the Presbyterian Church.”


The listening started off with Sudanese residents of Grand Island who have Sunday afternoon worship services at First Presbyterian as they sang a hymn in their native language.


From there, people started talking about programs such as middle school youth groups and handbell choirs that are helping to involve young people in church, go-and-serve missions by church members to communities that have been damaged by natural disasters, different forms of worship that have people mostly singing and hearing some Scripture readings, a very small congregation that spends one-third of its money on activities that have nothing to do with the local 40-member congregation, and casual worship services that allow people to talk about their past week, sing and have Bible study.


Some approaches are bringing people into church who do not normally attend church.


Mark Young of First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island noted the church’s new diversity. “The world has come to us,” said Young, who noted the church has reached out to those who have come from other parts of the world.

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Presbyterian Foundation adds new service for churches and ministries

Presbyterian Foundation adds new service for churches and ministries | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Jeffersonville, Ind., March 27, 2015 — The Presbyterian Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of the Planned Giving Navigator as a service to churches and other ministries involved in beginning or enhancing a stewardship and generosity program.  Developed under the leadership of Karl Mattison, the Planned Giving Navigator is a subscription service that provides a brochure design center, a library of best practices, a calendar of activities and planned giving web pages that integrate into existing congregation websites as well as reports on current giving trends and research.


Mattison, former executive director of Presbyterian Endowment Education and Resource (PEER) Network, recently joined the Presbyterian Foundation team to complement the work of the Presbyterian Foundation and its subsidiary New Covenant Trust Company (NCTC) who help congregations develop planned giving programs.

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Changes coming to PC(USA) ordination exams

Changes coming to PC(USA) ordination exams | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUSVILLE (PNS) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committee charged with preparing ordination exams has approved changes to administration procedures for the tests, complying with assignments it was given by the General Assembly.
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"Episcopal Presiding Bishop, A Former Oceanographer, Makes Religious Case ... - ThinkProgress

"Episcopal Presiding Bishop, A Former Oceanographer, Makes Religious Case ... - ThinkProgress | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
One of the most powerful women in American Christianity is condemning the path of the climate denier.
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God as a wild dog...and the Bible's other surprising divine metaphors - On Faith & Culture

God as a wild dog...and the Bible's other surprising divine metaphors - On Faith & Culture | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Bestselling author Lauren Winner explores provocative and often overlooked metaphors for God, such as a laboring woman and the "one who smells."
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Title 5: Knowledge of God is often best expressed (& produced?) in the language of metaphor...

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Obama gives Birmingham pastor shout-out for work against payday lenders

Obama gives Birmingham pastor shout-out for work against payday lenders | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
One of Alabama's most outspoken opponents of payday lenders has been the Rev. Shannon Webster, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham. Obama lauded him during his speech.
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Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials ...

Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials ... | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials accountable
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Calif. AG asks judge to halt initiative to kill gays

Calif. AG asks judge to halt initiative to kill gays | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES --The ballot initiative is given no chance of becoming law, but it gives sponsors a means to attract attention to their proposal.
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Indianapolis mayor calls state’s ‘Religious freedom’ bill a ‘wrong signal’

Indianapolis mayor calls state’s ‘Religious freedom’ bill a ‘wrong signal’ | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Church leaders and the GOP mayor of Indianapolis want the Indiana governor to veto, not sign, a bill that gives legal protection to business owners who refuse to serve gay couples.
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Donation to Wheaton's First Presbyterian means $100 to 100 members for good ... - Suburban Life Publications

Donation to Wheaton's First Presbyterian means $100 to 100 members for good ... - Suburban Life Publications | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
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Donation to Wheaton's First Presbyterian means $100 to 100 members for good ...
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Q&Amy: Saving the 99-year-old Third Presbyterian Church

Q&Amy: Saving the 99-year-old Third Presbyterian Church | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Q: What's happening with the old Third Presbyterian Church on Pete Hollis Boulevard? I heard another church was going to start using it.
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Shreveport Times: Women finding their place as church leaders

Shreveport Times:  Women finding their place as church leaders | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Women's roles as leaders have been limited in some cases, almost nonexistent in others.
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Timothy Tennent ~ Help Is On the Way: A New Wesleyan Network in a Post-Denominational World - Wesleyan Accent

Timothy Tennent ~ Help Is On the Way: A New Wesleyan Network in a Post-Denominational World - Wesleyan Accent | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Let me also remind us that the Wesleyan movement is a global reality, well beyond United Methodism, comprising many movements and denominations and tens of millions of people.
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United Reformed Church of Scotland divests from fossil fuels - The Guardian

United Reformed Church of Scotland divests from fossil fuels - The Guardian | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
United Reformed Church of Scotland commits to move assets out of oil, gas and coal companies and to not invest in fossil fuels in the future
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'Semper Reformanda' and the PCUSA

'Semper Reformanda' and the PCUSA | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I’m not one for the phrase “right side of history,” but I do think history is important for us to study and learn so that we might remember our own failures and right the ship. We are like Hansel and Gretel picking up these gumdrops placed by our past selves. These moments remind us that we were here before. We can find our way back home again.
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▶ Local Church to Split from national Presbyterian Church USA over Marriage Redefinition - YouTube

The Presbyterian Church gave its final approval last week to change the definition of marriage from being between a man and woman to being between "two peopl...
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The Slingshot: Pope Francis gives homeless people a private tour of the Sistine Chapel

The Slingshot: Pope Francis gives homeless people a private tour of the Sistine Chapel | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
NEED TO KNOW: 03/27/2015

'I'm in need of prayers by people like you'

Pope Francis surprises homeless people during tour of Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis surprised a group of homeless people yesterday when he joined them on a private tour of the Sistine Chapel. He told them: “Welcome. This is everyone’s house, and your house. The doors are always open for all.”
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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – March 27

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – March 27 | 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 #1830 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on March 27 (check local listings).
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Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, in with the new | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

The new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum is succeeding the long-standing denominational curriculum We Believe: God’s Word for God’s People.


Growing in Grace & Gratitude will help transform the lives of children and those who love them, shaped by grace and gratitude. This new quarterly curriculum, coming fall 2015, is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship. The curriculum extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love, and it reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.

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How bad is Indiana’s religious freedom bill?

How bad is Indiana’s religious freedom bill? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Not as bad as its opponents fear.
The post How bad is Indiana’s religious freedom bill? appeared first on Spiritual Politics.
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