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Abortion rate hits lowest level since 1973

(RNS) Researcher say the decline in both the abortion rate and the number of abortions was likely to do with the recession and increased use of contraception.
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This Week in God, 9.20.14

This Week in God, 9.20.14 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The U.S. Air Force this week, facing a lawsuit threat, made its "So help me God" oath optional. The religious right doesn't seem to be taking the news well.
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What is the lesson of Calvary? - Spiritual Politics

What is the lesson of Calvary? - Spiritual Politics | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
It's not that good survives amidst the ruins of the abuse scandal.
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Pope Francis to Jews: We're all under attack now - Religion News Service

Pope Francis to Jews: We're all under attack now - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
VATICAN CITY (RNS) "He said first it was your turn and now it is our turn. In other words, first Jews suffered savage attacks that were met with the world's silence and now it is Christians who are being annihilated and the world is silent."
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A Funny Thing Happened - Covenant Network

A Funny Thing Happened - Covenant Network | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Marriage equality was not that important to me.


The history of marriage and its current state among straight people renders it a questionable patriarchal institution, mostly tied to property and the potential for abuse. Straight people have done plenty to make marriage just another frequently violated contract that takes advantage of the power differential between men and women. Why anyone would really want into that mess was beyond me.


I think it’s generally good when people have rights, or what we call equal protections in the U.S. The legal rights to pension and death benefits, access to medical information and decision-making, that all seems fine to me. But these are what I would call “middle class problems.” Marriage is a civil issue, and I have long thought the church has no business in acting as an agent of the state. The state should provide equal protections, while the church should be free to have theological conversations about what marriage means.

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Where Princeton Buries Its Departed VIPs

Where Princeton Buries Its Departed VIPs | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Princeton Cemetery of Nassau Presbyterian Church, established in 1757, houses some of New Jersey's most famous (former) residents. (The Princeton Cemetery of Nassau Presbyterian Church houses some of New Jersey's most famous (former) residents.
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How congregations can run a voter registration drives: From our friends at the UCC - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Washington Office | Facebook

From our friends at the UCC - a great opportunity to learn how to run a voter registration campaign (which churches are allowed to do) (From our friends at the UCC - a great opportunity to learn how to run a voter registration campaign (which...
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Charlotte's Covenant Presbyterian seizes role in peace effort - Charlotte Observer

Charlotte's Covenant Presbyterian seizes role in peace effort - Charlotte Observer | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Charlotte's Covenant Presbyterian seizes role in peace effort
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Covenant Presbyterian's Holy Lands Peace Seeking ministry has worked for several years to build relationships and ministries with Israelis and Palestinians.
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Yale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel

Yale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) The Rev. Bruce Shipman, an Episcopal chaplain at Yale, resigned last week after he wrote a controversial New York Times letter.
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Jim Wallis: America and “Oil Economy” Created ISIS

Jim Wallis: America and “Oil Economy” Created ISIS | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners CEO and a White House spiritual adviser, appeared on The Bill Press Show Monday morning to discuss the crisis in the Middle East over the Islamist State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
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Giving Peace a Chance: GA Moderator Rada Joins Boulder Interfaith Peace Walk

Giving Peace a Chance: GA Moderator Rada Joins Boulder Interfaith Peace Walk | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
BOULDER, COLORADO (PNS) So, an iman, a rabbi, and a Presbyterian minister met in a parking lot… To be precise, they met on the afternoon of Sept.
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What Happens When Boomer Pastors Retire?

What Happens When Boomer Pastors Retire? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In an earlier article this year, I focused on the implications of Boomer retirements on congregations across America. The article took a high level look at how churches will be impacted with a large number of members in retirement.
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Teaching the Children: Sharp Ideological Differences, Some Common Ground

Teaching the Children: Sharp Ideological Differences, Some Common Ground | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
People with consistently conservative political values are particularly likely to say it is important to teach children religious faith, while those with consistently liberal values stand out for the priority they give to teaching tolerance.
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In McAllen, Texas, faith groups responded, while Washington dithered (COMMENTARY)

In McAllen, Texas, faith groups responded, while Washington dithered (COMMENTARY) | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Nowhere was religious leadership more apparent than in McAllen, Texas, where churches and local government forged an effective and compassionate response to the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the border.
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Peacemaker 'a voice in winderness' - Hutchinson News

Peacemaker 'a voice in winderness' - Hutchinson News | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“Peacemaker 'a voice in winderness'Hutchinson NewsHis organization's ties to the Presbyterian denomination date to Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services' founding in 1950 by the Rev.”
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3.3 million people agree: It’s time to get Back to Church - Religion Press Release Services

3.3 million people agree: It’s time to get Back to Church - Religion Press Release Services | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 19, 2014 – What can entice 3.3 million Americans to leave their homes on a Sunday in the fall? No, it’s not football. It’s church. This Sunday, September 21, approximately 27,000 churches across the globe are participating in Back to Church Sunday®, an ever-growing movement to reach out to communities with […]
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Many church choirs are dying. Here's why - Religion News Service

Many church choirs are dying. Here's why - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Praise bands aren't the only forces making church choir directors sing the blues.
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Climate Change: The Next Generation

Climate Change: The Next Generation | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
As world leaders converge for the UN’s global summit on climate and thousands gather in New York for the People’s Climate March, Bill talks to 18-year-old Oregonian Kelsey Juliana, who is walking across America to draw attention to global warming.
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A good foundation

A good foundation | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A good foundation (A good foundation: Stony Point, Ghost Ranch positioned to grow, consultants say - http://t.co/VimYGG91zq)
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We Need a New Way to Credential Pastors - ChristianityToday.com

We Need a New Way to Credential Pastors - ChristianityToday.com | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
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We Need a New Way to Credential Pastors
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The normal track for credentialing pastors includes college, seminary, and an ordination council. But what about ...
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Carmen sees America’s culture war shifting to a fight for religious liberty

Carmen sees America’s culture war shifting to a fight for religious liberty | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
By David M. Drucker, Senior Political Correspondent, The Washington Examiner David Drucker interviews Carmen Fowler LaBerge, president of The Presbyterian Lay Committee. Editor’s note: Drucker incorrectly identifies the Presbyterian...
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Book on pastoral succession: 'All pastors are interim pastors' - Religion News Service

Book on pastoral succession: 'All pastors are interim pastors' - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) For congregations that haven’t thought about who will succeed their current pastor, the authors of the new book “Next: Pastoral Succession That Works” have words of warning: Be prepared.
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Breaking news: Presbyterian Outlook interim consulting editor announced - The Presbyterian Outlook

Breaking news: Presbyterian Outlook interim consulting editor announced - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Dear Outlook Friend, On behalf of the Presbyterian Outlook Foundation Board of Directors I am pleased to share the news with you that the Rev. Dr. John Wimberly has accepted our call and been contracted with to serve as our interim consulting editor.  In a note below, John will share his own thoughts with you. We are in a true partnership with you, our readers and subscribers.  In this period of transition we have felt your support and are hearing your ideas.  Please keep both coming our way!  O
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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings - September 19 - Religion Press Release Services

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings - September 19 - Religion Press Release Services | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Religion & Ethics NewsWeeklyis a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1803 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on September 19 (check local listings). Identifying Missing Immigrants -The Arizona desert is so brutal it can take the lives of some would-be immigrants. As David Tereschuk reports, that can […]
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Un-Gala in Celebration of Anne Barstow and Tom Driver | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

Un-Gala in Celebration of Anne Barstow and Tom Driver | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the #Colombia Accompaniment Program with us on Oct 18: http://t.co/bxauCjKZqM
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Presbyterian Mission Agency Board kicks off meeting with optimism, reconciliation directive

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board kicks off meeting with optimism, reconciliation directive | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE – With the hit song “Happy” serving as the soundtrack for one of the videos played, an upbeat, optimistic attitude about the future of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) permeated the presentations at the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board...
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