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Quote of the Day: United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson

Quote of the Day: United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

“I’m not turning my back to the pain.

I want to head straight into it."

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Sex tape * Mormon weddings * Klinghoffer opera : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Sex tape * Mormon weddings * Klinghoffer opera : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
We made a sex tape. Some hopeful Mormons thought their rules on weddings had changed. And the Klinghoffer opera goes up at the Met -- but not without a hitch.
Jim Collie's insight:


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Welcome! There are over two years worth of searchable materials on THINKING PRESBYTERIAN. TP collects 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.

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SDOP grant recipients announced

SDOP grant recipients announced | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) has approved grants totaling $133,270 to 11 self-help projects in the United States. The money is from the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

The national SDOP, which met here Sept. 18-21, enables members and non-members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to form partnerships with oppressed and disadvantaged people in order to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

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Meet Alex McNeill, the trans advocate bringing equality to the Presbyterian Church

Meet Alex McNeill, the trans advocate bringing equality to the Presbyterian Church | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
"One of the things I've found people respond to in my story is that doing the hard thing, even if you're nervous or scared, that living with authenticity and integrity is worth it in the long run. It's the way we can honor God, who created us."
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Resources - Comparison of the proposed amendment of W-4.9000 on marriage

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Resources - Comparison of the proposed amendment of W-4.9000 on marriage | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

A side by side comparison of the proposed amendment of W-4.9000 on marriage and the current wording.

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Ministers sue * Ebola ban * 9/11 rebuilding: Monday's news roundup - Religion News Service

Ministers sue * Ebola ban * 9/11 rebuilding: Monday's news roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Ministers say they could face fines and jail for not conducting same-sex marriages. Experts say travel bans for Ebola would cut off the worst-hit countries. And the lone church destroyed on 9/11 will begin rebuilding.
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Scott Atran — Hopes and Dreams in a World of Fear -- On Being with Krista Tippett

Scott Atran — Hopes and Dreams in a World of Fear -- On Being with Krista Tippett | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
For over a decade, the French-American anthropologist Scott Atran has been exploring the human dynamics of what we analyze as “breeding grounds for terrorism”...
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Mattituck Presbyterian Church making plans for 300th anniversary - Suffolk Times

Mattituck Presbyterian Church making plans for 300th anniversary - Suffolk Times | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Mattituck Presbyterian Church recently unveiled the official logo designed to commemorate the its 300th anniversary in 2015.
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Presbyterian Church to present Kirkin o' the Tartan - Red Bluff Daily News

Presbyterian Church to present Kirkin o' the Tartan - Red Bluff Daily News | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Jefferson Pipe Band bagpipers and drummers and the choir of the Presbyterian Church of Red Bluff will present the Kirkin o' the Tartan ceremony at 11 a.
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Leslie Scanlon: Three Presbyterians arrested in Ferguson for civil disobedience - The Presbyterian Outlook

Leslie Scanlon:  Three Presbyterians arrested in Ferguson for civil disobedience - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Three Presbyterians arrested as part of civil disobedience this week in Ferguson, Missouri, say they stepped forward because of systemic racial injustice against people of color – and their belief that people of faith need to stand alongside the young blacks who have been protesting for more than two months now in Ferguson. “There is a new generation of leadership arising on the streets of Ferguson,” said Shannon Craigo-Snell, a professor of theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Semina
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iHOPE: Ebola & Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

iHOPE: Ebola & Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
With all the attention on Ebola cases in the United States, it is easy to forget about the ongoing crisis in West Africa. Other than the ever-growing death toll, there isn't much coverage about what is going on in the...
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The Slow-Motion Shipwreck of Theological Education

The Slow-Motion Shipwreck of Theological Education | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Both the Apostle Paul and Jonah have been appearing recently in the daily office lectionary of the Episcopal Church. Both stories feature shipwrecks: the one Jonah averted by having himself tossed ...
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The Bible term most misused by Christians today: An interview with Scot McKnight - On Faith & Culture

The Bible term most misused by Christians today: An interview with Scot McKnight - On Faith & Culture | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The New Testament scholar is out to set the record straight on a critical term in the Christian vernacular. As McKnight says, "When all words mean the same thing, no words mean anything."
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Relatio post disceptationem for 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family - National Catholic Reporter

Relatio post disceptationem for 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family - National Catholic Reporter | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Catholic Herald Online Relatio post disceptationem for 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family National Catholic Reporter The source of joys and trials, of deep affections and relations -- at times wounded -- the family is truly a "school of humanity"...
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Gordon Stewart: Seeing God from the Back

Gordon Stewart:  Seeing God from the Back | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
We do not get to see God face-to-face. None of us does. But we do see God's back. When Moses makes the request to see God, the writer puts it this way: But, God said, "you cannot see my face; for n...
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Self-Development of People grant recipients announced

Self-Development of People grant recipients announced | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (PNS)  The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) has approved grants totaling $133,270 to 10 self-help projects in the United States. The money is from the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.
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Swords into plowshares — Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Swords into plowshares — Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

The Rev. Alonzo Johnson has accepted a call  as a term Mission Associate with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.  Alonzo has concluded his service as the pastor/head of staff of Oak Lane Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) and is currently a candidate for his Doctor of Ministry degree at LPTS. He is passionate about peacemaking and social justice issues and has rich experience in urban ministry with a focus on mentoring youth in the arts.
 

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Statement by the Board of Directors of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians - Covenant Network

Statement by the Board of Directors of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians - Covenant Network | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

The Covenant Network Board of Directors expresses its admiration and gratitude for the congregations and ministers who, despite their unhappiness with the actions of the 221st General Assembly on marriage, have resolved to remain part of the denomination. Their presence is a great gift. Diverse views and patterns of spiritual practice keep the church honest and strong; all of us, in all our differences, are “knit together spiritually,” as scripture says, “into a dwelling place for God.”


The proposed Amendment 14-F specifically includes language protecting freedom of conscience for teaching elders and congregations who choose not to participate in or host same-sex marriages. We wholeheartedly support those important protections, which are in keeping with our Presbyterian principles. Indeed, we believe the amendment was greatly strengthened by their addition.


We have heard there is substantial concern among conservative and evangelical teaching elders and congregations that, in presbyteries where their views about marriage are in the minority, dissenting ministers would not be permitted to serve or dissenting congregations would be prevented from calling the pastors they want. As a board and as individual presbyters, we would oppose efforts to exclude persons who are qualified and called for service on the basis of their views about marriage, and we would urge other Presbyterians to join us in this commitment.

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▶ from Stony Point | "Chris Hedges: The Culture of War" - YouTube

©2014 Leigha Cohen Video Production http://www.leighacohenvideo... https://www.youtube.com/use.. Chris Hedges spoke at the Stony Point Center Stony Point, NY...
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Preachers on the Web: "Plant" and "Leaving Eden"

Preachers on the Web: "Plant" and "Leaving Eden" | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Two short-form web series explore the lives of ministers and congregations.
I'm a child of the Internet age, but until recently I hadn't given much though to web series as a serious medium for video-based storytelling.
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Hope for restoration: Sanger group raises money to refurbish 112-year-old church - Denton Record Chronicle

Hope for restoration: Sanger group raises money to refurbish 112-year-old church - Denton Record Chronicle | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
SANGER — The Presbyterian Church of Sanger is a building out of time. Built in 1902, it’s weathered severe storms, several droughts and the gas drilling boom that has changed the surrounding landscape.
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PC(USA) OGA

PC(USA) OGA | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
PC(USA) Office of the General Assembly, OGA
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This Week in God, 10.18.14

This Week in God, 10.18.14 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is convinced pastors may be literally imprisoned for opposing marriage equality. That's never going to happen.
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Churches Go Green by Shedding Fossil Fuel Holdings - New York Times

Churches Go Green by Shedding Fossil Fuel Holdings - New York Times | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The sums can be modest, but religious organizations can lend a powerful moral sway to the movement to divest.
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