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Baptist decline * Drive-through prayer * Burial rights: Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Baptist decline * Drive-through prayer * Burial rights: Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention declines. A Pennsylvania church opens a drive-through window. Lesbians in Berlin have a cemetery to themselves.
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from the curator:   Welcome! There are almost two years worth of searchable materials on this site. 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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Ebola spread * BYU beards * Bishop resigns : Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Ebola spread * BYU beards * Bishop resigns : Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
An American doctor exposed to Ebola has been admitted at the NIH near DC. BYU students are protesting the school's ban on beards. Plus, a bishop resigns after admitting he has been "unfaithful."
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Tucson University Presbyterian Church: Why One Man Hasn’t Stepped Outside Of A Church In A Month

Tucson University Presbyterian Church:  Why One Man Hasn’t Stepped Outside Of A Church In A Month | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
What does it mean for a church to offer sanctuary to an undocumented immigrant?
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Justine UnBound: Principalities of New Power

Justine UnBound:  Principalities of New Power | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Why Apocalyptic Language? When Prophetic Isn't Enough. In a recent article entitled "How Climate Change Will Kill Us in the Dumbest Way Possible," Buzzfeed commentator Akira Watts argues that the collapse of our society will be fairly prosaic due to…
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Peace and tolerance

Peace and tolerance | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Peace and tolerance ("@Presbyterian: #Peace and tolerance- New opportunities emerging for #church, Egypt International Peacemaker says http://t.co/KgnXcP8KZc…")...
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Look Inside: The transformation of the Crystal Cathedral

Look Inside: The transformation of the Crystal Cathedral | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Robert Schuller's Hour of Power ministry surrendered the landmark 1981 Philip Johnson building last year after filing for bankruptcy.
The post Look Inside: The transformation of the Crystal Cathedral appeared first on Religion News Service.
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10 (Unexpected) Church Trends to Surface by 2020

10 (Unexpected) Church Trends to Surface by 2020 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Sam Rainer: I believe these trends are critical for leaders to know as they lead their churches to advance God’s kingdom in the coming decade.
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How the Once-Every-Seven-Years Observance of Shmita is Changing Jewish Lives

How the Once-Every-Seven-Years Observance of Shmita is Changing Jewish Lives | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Cultural conditions are ripe for connection to shmita, which relates to food, economic justice and personal, as well as environmental, restoration....
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Agnes Scott and Presbyterian Church Event This Sunday

Agnes Scott and Presbyterian Church Event This Sunday | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
There will be a very special worship service on September 28, 2014, to commemorate the historical relationship between Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) and Agnes Scott College (ASC).  This event w...
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Hawfields Presbyterian Church, Historic Black Church in Mebane, NC, to Celebrate 150th Anniversary - BCNN1 - Black Christian News Network

Hawfields Presbyterian Church, Historic Black Church in Mebane, NC, to Celebrate 150th Anniversary - BCNN1 - Black Christian News Network | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
During the last full year of the Civil War, a slave founded a new church..
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Near Ghost Ranch: places to go and see

Near Ghost Ranch:  places to go and see | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Wonderful hand carved cave ~ Abiquiu, New Mexico near Ghost Ranch (Wonderful hand carved cave ~ Abiquiu, New Mexico near Ghost Ranch http://t.co/kuy5TNsu4T)...
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Three Things Conservatives Wrote This Week That Everyone Should Read

Three Things Conservatives Wrote This Week That Everyone Should Read | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Helping liberals understand where their ideological foes are coming from.
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First Presbyterian celebrating 50 years of family, friends & fellowship - Killeen Daily Herald

First Presbyterian celebrating 50 years of family, friends & fellowship - Killeen Daily Herald | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
First Presbyterian celebrating 50 years of family, friends & fellowship
Killeen Daily Herald
“For me, it's so comforting being with a community of believers that I've known so long ...
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Roger Dermody: ‘Over there’ is right here

Roger Dermody:  ‘Over there’ is right here | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Roger Dermody closed the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Board’s meeting Sept. 19 with a presentation, an invitation, and a charge.


After summarizing the new churchwide initiative, Living Missionally—which was unanimously adopted by the 221st General Assembly (2014) — the PMA’s deputy executive director for mission called upon the board for its help and engagement.

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Hudson River Presbytery says "children should carry toys!"

Hudson River Presbytery says "children should carry toys!" | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
September 29, 2014

At the Hudson River Presbytery's "Changing the Conversation Conference", participants traced our hands to raise awareness and send the message that it's not okay to use children under the age of 18 for soldiers.
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Ken Evers-Hood: Game Theory & How to Navigate Conflict - Alban Weekly

Ken Evers-Hood:  Game Theory & How to Navigate Conflict - Alban Weekly | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Alban at Duke believes that congregational leadership today requires a willingness to learn not just from the traditional disciplines of history, theology and scripture but must also be nurtured by a rich engagement with other disciplines and fields of inquiry. In this issue of Alban Weekly, pastor Ken Evers-Hood asks what communities of faith might learn about conflict from game theory.

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Ready to leave? - The Presbyterian Outlook

Ready to leave? - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Prior to deciding to leave the Presbyterian Outlook to take the call to pastor a congregation again, I sought the counsel of a few friends. One of them, an Outlook board member, sent me an email that asked four probing questions, the first one being, “The things you said you felt called to do with the Outlook in that first interview — are they largely accomplished or still left undone?” To what was I called? Not simply to turn a black and blue newsletter into a full color magazine (although I di
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Peace Communities

Peace Communities | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Hearing from our 2014-2015 peace communities grantees. Inspiring! Read about their work: http://t.co/XEP98yd4rQ http://t.co/OalnyfW8LH
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How Freedom House Ambulance Service in Hill District became national model

How Freedom House Ambulance Service in Hill District became national model | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Before 1967, the best ambulances had little more than oxygen bottles, suction units and gurneys. In Pittsburgh, they were privately owned and responded to calls in certain neighborhoods. In other neighborhoods, people rode to the hospital in the back of a police paddy wagon or a funeral home hearse. History turned on its ear in 1967 when the Freedom House Ambulance Service was born in the Hill District. It started because black people were excluded from the most rudimentary of ambulance service.
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Why Straight White Men want to close General Conference #UMC

Why Straight White Men want to close General Conference #UMC | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Current calls to "close" the highest doctrine-making body of the United Methodist Church are being made by persons of privilege who are ignoring what it means to put the abused in the same room with the abuser...alone.
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'Why do Shia and Sunni Muslims hate each...

Chris Hayes answers your questions about what's happening in Syria and Iraq right now, starting with a primer on a key distinction in the region.
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Harry Potter and a failure of the Christian imagination - Entertaining Faith

Harry Potter and a failure of the Christian imagination - Entertaining Faith | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A housewife takes it upon herself to rewrite Harry Potter as a Christian tale. Except there's more to the story. (A housewife rewrites Harry Potter as a Christian tale -- minus the witchcraft. Say what?
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How much should you pay a guest preacher?

How much should you pay a guest preacher? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
How Much Should You Pay a Guest Preacher? — Art Rainer
When I discuss pastor compensation on the blog, it creates robust discussion. But what about those who fill the pulpit while the pastor is out—especially those from outside the church?
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Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico — iNaturalist.com

Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico — iNaturalist.com | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Pics from recent Ghost ranch visit: http://t.co/rZ1BTYCOk3
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History of Westminister Presbyterian Church 1814-2014 - Washington Times Herald

History of Westminister Presbyterian Church 1814-2014 - Washington Times Herald | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
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History of Westminister Presbyterian Church 1814-2014
Washington Times Herald
History of Westminister Presbyterian Church 1814-2014. Story · Image (3).
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On Being with Krista Tippett: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr — Pursuing Happiness

On Being with Krista Tippett:  His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr — Pursuing Happiness | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The XIV Dalai Lama seems to many to embody happiness — happiness against the odds, a virtue that is acquired and practiced. Before a live audience in Atlanta, Georgia, Krista had a rare opportunity to mull over the meaning of happiness in contemporary lif
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