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SOTU: God or Godzilla? * Pope rips usury! * Mormons on birth control: Wednesday’s Roundup - Religion News Service

SOTU: God or Godzilla? * Pope rips usury! * Mormons on birth control: Wednesday’s Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Are Republicans reviving Bush's "compassionate conservatism"? Why did Sen. Mike Lee's response cite Godzilla and God the same number of times? A nun goes to see "Sister Act," and has this to say ...
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with eyes wide open...a reading list for Presbyterians & more...
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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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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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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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Colbert no more * Diplomatic broker * Silverman's thumbs up: Friday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Colbert no more * Diplomatic broker * Silverman's thumbs up: Friday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
America's most famous Catholic bids his audience adieu. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Pope Francis. Sarah Silverman gives feminist Jewish activists a thumbs up.
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Presbyterians take aim at slavery conditions in farmfields - Christian Examiner

Presbyterians take aim at slavery conditions in farmfields - Christian Examiner | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In 2011, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers launched the Fair Food Program, which encourages large retailers – fast food restaurants; supermarkets – to pay one cent more per pound of tomatoes picked.
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PCUSA Office of Public Witness Celebrates President Obama’s Work on Cuba

PCUSA Office of Public Witness Celebrates President Obama’s Work on Cuba | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Office of Public Witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejoices in the news of the release of US citizen Alan Gross from prison in Cuba, along with the release of Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, and Ramón Labañino, three Cubans being...
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How Pope Francis' diplomacy may change everything, not just US-Cuba relations - Religion News Service

How Pope Francis' diplomacy may change everything, not just US-Cuba relations - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“Pope Francis did what popes are supposed to do: Build bridges and promote peace,” Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said after the announcement Wednesday (Dec. 17) about the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement.
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Why did Israel intervene for convicted US felon Adam Milstein?

Why did Israel intervene for convicted US felon Adam Milstein? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
 A convicted tax fraud trying to conceal his past has become a key financier of anti-Palestinian initiatives on US campuses.
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Church of England names its first woman bishop; Libby Lane to assume historic role

Church of England names its first woman bishop; Libby Lane to assume historic role | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Libby Lane's appointment is as a suffragan bishop -- a bishop subordinate to a metropolitan or diocesan bishop.
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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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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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The courageous many: Undoing racism as a spiritual practice | American Friends Service Committee

The courageous many: Undoing racism as a spiritual practice | American Friends Service Committee | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
It’s been a hard summer. From the bombardment on Gaza to the refugee children on the border to Ferguson, it feels as though the world is cracking apart and oppressive policies and the militaries or police that protect them are proceeding with...
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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – December 19

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – December 19 | 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 #1816 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on December 19 (check local listings).
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Declaration of The Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba Regarding the Announcement of Reestablishing Relations Between the Governments of Cuba ...

Declaration of The Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba Regarding the Announcement of Reestablishing Relations Between the Governments of Cuba ... | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Declaration of The Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba Regarding the Announcement of Reestablishing Relations Between the Governments of Cuba and the United States of America
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PC(USA) Stated Clerk lauds historic action on Cuba

PC(USA) Stated Clerk lauds historic action on Cuba | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been working for more than 30 years to help ease the hardships caused by the United States’ economic embargo on Cuba and to end the embargo itself. Recently I have been participating in a series of meetings with government officials both in Cuba and in Washington. Along with the Reverend John L. McCullough, president and chief executive officer of Church World Service; and Rabbi Elhanan “Sunny” Schnitzer, executive director of the Cuba-America Jewish Mission; we emphasized the humanitarian reasons for the release of Alan Gross and the three Cuban prisoners. 
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prepared by Chicago Presbytery for Cuba Trip 2012 - an introduction to our Presbyterian Denomination and the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba

Several congregations sent a delegation to Havana Presbytery in November 2012. They were: Clarendon Hills Community Presbyterian Church, St. Luke in Downers Gr…
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What to buy for everyone on your holiday list : Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service

What to buy for everyone on your holiday list : Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) So you have absolutely no idea what presents to get for Pope Francis, Jeb Bush and that guy with the John 3:16 signs? Never fear. The Roundup Gift Guide will leave you merry and bright.
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Lizzie Lowe suicide: What help can churches offer teens struggling with sexual identity?

Lizzie Lowe suicide: What help can churches offer teens struggling with sexual identity? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The suicide of a Christian teenager who, it is thought, feared telling her parents that she might be gay could prompt the Church to think about how it deals with issues of sexuality.
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