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Tuesday's news roundup: Black priests * Mandela's memorial * Revenge porn resignation

Tuesday's news roundup:  Black priests * Mandela's memorial * Revenge porn resignation | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Mormon church explains the previous ban on black priests. World leaders honor Nelson Mandela. A teacher resigns when a nude photo of surfaces.
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Lessons & Carols Edition * Mark Driscoll returns * No, Really: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Lessons & Carols Edition * Mark Driscoll returns * No, Really: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
How many Americans are Christian? Can you question the Virgin Birth and still be a Christian? Do Christians over-emphasize the birth of Jesus? Can Santa make it to every house in one night? And why Driscoll again, so soon?
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Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary awarded $2.5 million grant

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary awarded $2.5 million grant | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's Louisville Institute has received a $2.5 million grant from the Lily Endowment to further the work of pastors, educators and others who seek to revitalize the North American Christian church.
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Incarnation: The Truth About God - Will Willimon

We declare to you what was from the beginning, that we have heard, what we've seen with their eyes, what we have looked at in touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – this life was rev...
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The Dallas Morning News: Legacy Presbyterian Church recognized as fully chartered congregation

The Dallas Morning News: Legacy Presbyterian Church recognized as fully chartered congregation | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Legacy Presbyterian Church in Frisco has recently been recognized as a fully chartered congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
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In DC, faith groups position to be a political force on homelessness - Washington Post

In DC, faith groups position to be a political force on homelessness - Washington Post | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
With shelters at capacity or filling fast, organizers warn more must be done to address the growing need.
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Blown away by the Christmas spirit

Blown away by the Christmas spirit | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

It was a “remarkable experience” to hear the children thinking out loud as they decided to pool their money to buy mittens for people who live at a nearby homeless shelter, Mpoyo said. The kids and leaders from Shalom plan to present their gifts to the homeless shelter sometime on Christmas Eve.


About 20 miles southwest of Atlanta, Clarkston is home to an estimated 8,000 residents from at least 30 countries. Many have had their lives ripped apart by the devastating consequences of war and natural disaster.


“To hear these kids saying, ‘We see that we’re OK. God has blessed us. We want to do what we can to share the gesture of wellbeing and peace,’ is incredibly gratifying,” Mpoyo said. “We have worked so hard to empower our young kids to be leaders. They are learning how, becoming disciples of Jesus.”

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Curia critique * Religious cop * Snaketivity Scene : Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Curia critique * Religious cop * Snaketivity Scene : Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
After Pope Francis' stunning rebuke of the Vatican bureaucracy, the curia may down an extra eggnog today. One of the cops murdered in Brooklyn this weekend thought he might want to serve the NYPD in a more spiritual way. And Snaketivity at the Michigan Capitol.
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St Augustine, FL - Florida's first Presbyterian congregation: Memorial Presbyterian Church

St Augustine, FL - Florida's first Presbyterian congregation: Memorial Presbyterian Church | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In my years in and out of the religous community of some shape or other it was never the Presbyterians I’d have expected to be prone to excess.. the Catholics? the Orthodox? Sure… But the Presbyterians?
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White and African American Pastors Join in Conversation about Issues of Race ... - Christianity Daily

White and African American Pastors Join in Conversation about Issues of Race ... - Christianity Daily | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Though it’s been close to four months since the time that Michael Brown was killed during a confrontation with former police officer Darren Wilson, the effect of the incident still remains a sensitive, open wound to many.
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This Week in God news, video and community from msnbc

This Week in God news, video and community from msnbc | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Get the latest on This Week in God from Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Chris Hayes, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Joe Scarborough.
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Mark Silk: Evangelicals respond to torture, Mormons not so much - Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk:  Evangelicals respond to torture, Mormons not so much - Spiritual Politics | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
On getting the prophetic word out on the Senate Intelligence Committee report.


As the report documents, the CIA’s initial proposal was to hold detainees in military prisons and treat them according to the canons of military justice. Tim Weiner, who wrote the history of the Agency, points out that it knew from long experience that torture was not an effective way of obtaining good intelligence, and did not propose to go down that path. But the cowboys in the Bush Administration wanted that to happen, and eventually two former military psychologists with no background in conducting interrogations were paid $81 million to conduct the “enhanced interrogation” program.

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Cuba: Navigating Reconciliation in a Sea of Dangerous Memories – Ramón Luzárraga

Cuba: Navigating Reconciliation in a Sea of Dangerous Memories – Ramón Luzárraga | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Spanish daily El Pais opened its headline story about President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba, based on months of secret negotiations with that island’s Communist, totalitarian government, by stating “The Cold War ended in ...
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New law firm hired to oversee independent investigation of ethics violations - decision made December 11, made public December 23 - Presbyterian Outlook

December 23, 2014 by Leslie Scanlon 


The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s executive committee has switched to a different law firm to conduct its investigation into ethics violations involving four employees working with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 1001 New Worshipping Communities program.


In November, the board hired as its independent legal counsel George Crawford III of Nashville, a PC(USA) ruling elder, and others from his Butler Snow law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the incident. In a closed meeting on Dec. 11, the executive committee voted to rescind that action and to hire instead Mark Calloway of Charlotte and others from his firm Alston and Bird, according to minutes of that closed meeting that were publicly released on Dec. 23.


The change was made, according to a statement from the executive committee, because of a potential conflict of interest: Crawford and a current PMAB board member are both involved in the work of another unrelated nonprofit board. According to the statement, although “there was no legal conflict of interest preventing him from conducting this work on our behalf, we determined that, in the interest of eliminating any questions about objectivity, we would pursue a change in legal representation.


Calloway is to be paid from unrestricted Presbyterian Mission Agency funds and is to report back findings of the investigation by early 2015, the minutes state.


The investigation results from the discovery in April 2014 that at the end of 2013, some employees had without authorization set up an independent nonprofit corporation in California called Presbyterian Centers for New Church Development Inc. A grant for $100,000 in PC(USA) funds was made to that corporation and a second was in the works before the entity was discovered. All the $100,000 was returned, and the second grant was halted before it could be paid.


The Outlookreported in November the results of an audit committee investigation into the incident. The executive committee later voted to hire a lawyer; conduct an investigation; and to have four PC(USA) employees placed on paid administrative leave until the inquiry is completed. They are:

  • Roger Dermody, the PC(USA)’s deputy executive director for mission (one of two deputy directors who serve directly under Linda Valentine, who is executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency);
  • Eric Hoey, director of Evangelism and Church Growth;
  • Philip Lotspeich, then coordinator for church growth, with responsibility for overseeing the 1001 initiative; and
  • Craig S. Williams, who staffs the western regional office of the Presbyterian Centers for New Church Development and is based in California.
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ACSWP names five people to Study Team on Prospects for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine - The Presbyterian Outlook

ACSWP names five people to Study Team on Prospects for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) has named five people to serve on a study team to report to the 2016 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) regarding the feasibility of a two-state solution to the conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East. The study team is being called the “Study Team on Prospects for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine” – not, as also was considered, a study team on a two-state solution. In announcing the appointments
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Immigrant mom seeks refuge in Philadelphia Presbyterian church

Immigrant mom seeks refuge in Philadelphia Presbyterian church | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Nine-year-old Mariana Mendoza had to give up her pink bedroom and bike when her family moved from a two-story rowhouse into a cramped church annex last month.
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Justice Unbound: Gender Equality is Just Freedom

Justice Unbound:  Gender Equality is Just Freedom | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A Concluding Editorial The practice of the General Editor and Managing Editor each doing an editorial for most issues goes back to when Patrick Heery was the Managing Editor.
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Police chaplain * Stained-glass cracks * Jesus' birthplace: Tuesday's news roundup - Religion News Service

Police chaplain * Stained-glass cracks * Jesus' birthplace: Tuesday's news roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
One of the police officers shot in Brooklyn was in a volunteer chaplain program. The stained-glass window industry isn't doing so great. And Jesus' birthplace is facing some modern-day struggles.
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Tahiti Anyabwile: Today Is a Time to Mourn

Tahiti Anyabwile:  Today Is a Time to Mourn | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I went to bed last night heartsick and distressed over the shooting deaths of two New York Police Department officers. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were sitting in their cruiser unsuspecting when an African-American …
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New York Times: Why We Need the Winter Solstice

New York Times:  Why We Need the Winter Solstice | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

 "Advances in science, industry, medicine and nearly every other area of human enterprise resulted from the influx of light. The only casualty was darkness, a thing of seemingly little value. But that was only because we had forgotten what darkness was for. In times past people took to their beds at nightfall, but not merely to sleep. They touched one another, told stories and, with so much night to work with, woke in the middle of it to a darkness so luxurious it teased visions from the mind and divine visitations that helped to guide their course through life. Now that deeper darkness has turned against us. The hour of the wolf we call it — that predatory insomnia that makes billions for big pharma. It was once the hour of God."

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Donations Pour Into Ferguson Church Destroyed In Protests

Donations Pour Into Ferguson Church Destroyed In Protests | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Caught in the midst of a wave of protests following a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, The Flood Christian Church suffered an arson attack that head pastor Carlton Lee said...
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Christa Tippett - ON BEING: James Martin — Finding God in All Things

Christa Tippett - ON BEING:  James Martin — Finding God in All Things | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
JAMES MARTIN —
Finding God in All Things


Before Pope Francis, James Martin was perhaps the best-loved Jesuit in American life. He’s followed the calling of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, to “find God in all things” — and in 21st-century forms. To delve into Fr. Martin's way of being in the world is to discover the "spiritual exercises" St. Ignatius designed to be accessible to everyone more than six centuries ago. Also his thoughts on the "un-taming" Christmas.

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Smart Chart: The Black-White Wealth Gap Widened During the Great Recession

Smart Chart: The Black-White Wealth Gap Widened During the Great Recession | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The average African-American household takes home around 40 percent less income than a similar white family. The gap between non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics (who can belong to any race) is just over 30% (Excel file).
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Minnesota Governor, Presbyterian Mark Dayton, Unloads On 'Hate Mongering' Against Transgender Students

Minnesota Governor, Presbyterian Mark Dayton,  Unloads On 'Hate Mongering' Against Transgender Students | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Gov. Mark Dayton (D) slammed opponents of the Minnesota State High School League's vote this week to allow transgender students to play on girls' sports teams, according to The Uptake.

The Minnesota Child Protection League had taken out newspaper ...
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