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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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Ebola outbreak * Eid Mubarak * Wedding decline: Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Ebola outbreak * Eid Mubarak * Wedding decline: Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A doctor working with Samaritan's Purse in Liberia tested positively for Ebola. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr ending Ramadan has begun. And Catholic Church weddings have declined 40% between 2000 and 2012.
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Where refugees to the U.S. come from

Where refugees to the U.S. come from | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

A look at the makeup of where refugees come from and their number provides a glimpse into global events and the U.S.’s role in providing a safe haven for people around the world. Most of today’s refugees are from Burma (Myanmar) and Iraq. The U.S. admitted fewer refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in 2001, but the total annual number of refugees has trended upward since then.


The U.S. Code defines a refugee as any person outside of the U.S. that is of special humanitarian concern to the U.S. and “has a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Refugees are different from asylum seekers, who meet the same definition but are already residing in the U.S. or pursuing admission at a port of entry (like the U.S.-Mexican border), according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Carol Howard Merritt: Pastors in poverty | The Christian Century

Carol Howard Merritt:  Pastors in poverty | The Christian Century | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Most of us have seen this coming for a decade, but it’s still startling to read the headlines in theAtlanticThe Vanishing of Middle Class Clergy.


None of this is news. We know pastors who feed their children with food stamps.


When disastrous things happen, clergy have learned to give one another money because sometimes we’re the only ones in the church (or the neighborhood) who can’t go to the church with a financial problem.

Jim Collie's insight:


Carol Howard Merritt is author of Tribal Church and cohost of God Complex RadioHer blog is hosted by the Century.

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New, approved translation of the Heidelberg Catechism explored in Being Reformed study

New, approved translation of the Heidelberg Catechism explored in Being Reformed study | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
New, approved translation of the Heidelberg Catechism explored in Being Reformed study
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Israel-Palestine: Correcting Some Faulty Ideas on Both Sides

Israel-Palestine: Correcting Some Faulty Ideas on Both Sides | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
An edited version of this article originally appeared at LobeLog.
Like many of us, I’ve been very busy on social media since this started. I see a lot of ignorant nonsense there, and it’s not limited to the pro-Israel side.
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▶ Ministry in Peru - YouTube

Listen as Jenny Valles Koball shares how God’s presence has brought her to this place of ministry in Peru.
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The Politics of Choosing A Mate (or Two)—Genesis 29:15-28

The Politics of Choosing A Mate (or Two)—Genesis 29:15-28 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
15 Then Laban said to Jacob, ‘Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?’ 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes ...
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Terry Mattingly: Growing tensions on the Faith and Family Left

Terry Mattingly:  Growing tensions on the Faith and Family Left | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

It was one of those symbolic questions that pollsters toss into the mix when probing fault lines inside political coalitions.


The Pew Research Center recently asked, as part of its “Beyond Red vs. Blue” political typology project, whether voters agreed or disagreed that it is “necessary to believe in God to be moral.”

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Bay City Westminster Presbyterian pastor to lead U.S. House of Representatives in prayer this week

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Bay City Westminster Presbyterian pastor to lead U.S. House of Representatives in prayer this week | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Bay City Westminster Presbyterian pastor to lead U.S. House of Representatives in prayer this week (PC(USA)'s Matt @mwsrev Schramm will open U.S.
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This Week in God, 7.26.14

This Week in God, 7.26.14 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A Unitarian Universalist church in New Orleans this week held a moment of silence to honor a member who recently died. Then the anti-abortion protesters came.
Jim Collie's insight:


We changed our logo at the top of this site to stand with those showing solidarity for Christians being persecuted in Mosul#WeAreN, and


Welcome! There are almost two years worth of searchable materials on THINKING PRESBYTERIAN. We collect news from and about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - and issues it is concerned about. The odd shaped funnel like symbol in the upper right hand of the page opens a search function which will take you pretty quickly to articles collected here about your subject. Drop me a note if you have questions.



~ Jim

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Participating in the dance of life

Participating in the dance of life | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

“Is Jesus your dance partner?” Ingrid Reneau Wallsasked July 20 when speaking on the hymn “Lord of the Dance” at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church during worship.


The service was a part of the kick-off for the 109th New Wilmington Mission Conference, where Presbyterians of all ages come together for a week to learn about the mission work happening in the church.


A mission co-worker in Ghana, Walls is a research fellow at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture.

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Presbyterian pastor and his daughter write novel about their experiences with international adoption

Presbyterian pastor and his daughter write novel about their experiences with international adoption | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterian pastor and his daughter write novel about their experiences with international adoption
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Grace Presbyterian granted dismissal from New Covenant Presbytery - The Layman Online

Grace Presbyterian granted dismissal from New Covenant Presbytery - The Layman Online | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
One of the larger congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) has been dismissed from the denomination and will be voting to call a new pastor in less than...
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Grace for refugees from Central America

Grace for refugees from Central America | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Two years ago, Grace Presbyterian Church didn’t exist. In its place were three congregations—all worried they might not survive.


Now, after merging in November 2012, they are together and engaged in a much larger survival story of some 2,000 refugees from Central America.


How they and Grace ended up together—and what they did for each other—is remarkable.


“You don’t forget seeing the children’s mouths,” says Grace member Ruth Aguirre. “Full of sores from dehydration. They’d had no food and water for days at time in getting here.”

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Debunking Israel's 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes

Debunking Israel's 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
From 'Gaza isn't occupied' to 'Hamas doesn't want a ceasefire' to 'Israel doesn't target civilians', it's time to rebut the key talking points of Israeli spokespersons such as Mark Regev. After all, you're entitled to your own opinions, but not your ...
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New Name for CEP

New Name for CEP | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
On June 18, 2014, the 42nd General Assembly approved a name change for the Committee on Christian Education and Publications (CEP), which will now be known as the Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM).
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Jan Edmiston: What's Emerging Now?

Jan Edmiston:  What's Emerging Now? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Almost 5 1/2 years ago, Presbymergent was born when a group of PCUSA pastors met in Louisville face to face to discuss The Church. Although we had connected digitally for a couple of years, it was ...
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It's Already 2040 at a Seminary Near You

It's Already 2040 at a Seminary Near You | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Center for Religion and Civic Culture was founded in 1996 to create, translate, and disseminate scholarship on the civic role of religion in a globalizing world. CRCC engages scholars and builds communities in Los Angeles and around the globe.
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The Ecumenical Movement Remembers Rubem Alves, 1933-2014 - AllAfrica.com

The Ecumenical Movement Remembers Rubem Alves, 1933-2014 - AllAfrica.com | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Ecumenical Movement Remembers Rubem Alves, 1933-2014
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He earned graduate degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and Princeton Theological Seminary, also in the USA. Although ...
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Wading through the murky and treacherous waters of peace - The Presbyterian Outlook

Wading through the murky and treacherous waters of peace - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
GUEST COMMENTARY I was a member of the Middle East Issues Committee of this summer’s General Assembly.  Though we had inadequate time to address every issue with the thoroughness it deserved, the decision to divest from three American companies whose equipment is being used by the Israeli military for non-peaceful purposes was thoughtful, informed and, I believe, consistent with our stated values as a denomination. To portray the divestment decision as a one-sided gesture is wrong.  It could more justifiably be said that we were one-sided in our investment in equipment used in the conflict by Israel.  To redirect our …
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After a congregational split, First Presbyterian Church in Longview welcomes new pastor - Longview News-Journal

After a congregational split, First Presbyterian Church in Longview welcomes new pastor - Longview News-Journal | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
First Presbyterian Church in Longview welcomes new pastor Longview News-Journal The rift in the church came after a debate over the church leaving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), a national denomination that decided to allow the ordination of...
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▶ Called to Serve Women and Children in Africa - YouTube

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If we can have just war, why not just terrorism?

If we can have just war, why not just terrorism? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Giles Fraser: Loose canon: I was criticised for suggesting there could be a moral right of resistance to oppression but Christianity has thought a great deal about the idea of just resistance
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COMMENTARY: Scapegoats along the border

COMMENTARY: Scapegoats along the border | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) It isn't Mexican immigrants who caused sea changes in the American workplace. It wasn't Hondurans or Guatemalans who sucked the life out of American communities.
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Wilton Presbyterian Church Now Officiating Gay Marriages (Officially)

Wilton Presbyterian Church Now Officiating Gay Marriages (Officially) | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

The Presbyterian Church took a huge step in a June, voting to allow its pastors to officiate same-sex marriages in states where gay marriage is legal. Connecticut is one such state.


So now Rev. Shannon White of Wilton Presbyterian is free to perform gay marriages without fear of losing her ordination. White has never been afraid, however, citing that she's always had the full support of her congregation. 

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