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'Not one more': At Seattle Pacific University or anywhere else - Religion News Service

'Not one more': At Seattle Pacific University or anywhere else - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (RNS) That is what we do after horrific events like Thursday's shooting. We trust in a good God who we still do not understand, against whom we rail and to whom we pray. We wait. And we hope, often impossibly, that not one more will be lost.
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Laura Turner is a writer and editor living in San Francisco. In addition to being a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s “Her.meneutics” blog, she has also written for publications such as Books & Culture and The Bold Italic. She is interested in the intersection of church and culture.

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New law firm hired to oversee independent investigation of ethics violations - decision made December 11, made public December 23 - Presbyterian Outlook

December 23, 2014 by Leslie Scanlon 


The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s executive committee has switched to a different law firm to conduct its investigation into ethics violations involving four employees working with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 1001 New Worshipping Communities program.


In November, the board hired as its independent legal counsel George Crawford III of Nashville, a PC(USA) ruling elder, and others from his Butler Snow law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the incident. In a closed meeting on Dec. 11, the executive committee voted to rescind that action and to hire instead Mark Calloway of Charlotte and others from his firm Alston and Bird, according to minutes of that closed meeting that were publicly released on Dec. 23.


The change was made, according to a statement from the executive committee, because of a potential conflict of interest: Crawford and a current PMAB board member are both involved in the work of another unrelated nonprofit board. According to the statement, although “there was no legal conflict of interest preventing him from conducting this work on our behalf, we determined that, in the interest of eliminating any questions about objectivity, we would pursue a change in legal representation.


Calloway is to be paid from unrestricted Presbyterian Mission Agency funds and is to report back findings of the investigation by early 2015, the minutes state.


The investigation results from the discovery in April 2014 that at the end of 2013, some employees had without authorization set up an independent nonprofit corporation in California called Presbyterian Centers for New Church Development Inc. A grant for $100,000 in PC(USA) funds was made to that corporation and a second was in the works before the entity was discovered. All the $100,000 was returned, and the second grant was halted before it could be paid.


The Outlookreported in November the results of an audit committee investigation into the incident. The executive committee later voted to hire a lawyer; conduct an investigation; and to have four PC(USA) employees placed on paid administrative leave until the inquiry is completed. They are:

  • Roger Dermody, the PC(USA)’s deputy executive director for mission (one of two deputy directors who serve directly under Linda Valentine, who is executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency);
  • Eric Hoey, director of Evangelism and Church Growth;
  • Philip Lotspeich, then coordinator for church growth, with responsibility for overseeing the 1001 initiative; and
  • Craig S. Williams, who staffs the western regional office of the Presbyterian Centers for New Church Development and is based in California.
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Segment: Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Segment: Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In a rare television interview, this visionary author, environmentalist and farmer discusses a sensible, but no-compromise plan to save the Earth.
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So, who’s training tomorrow’s 'mainline' Protestant pastors?

So, who’s training tomorrow’s 'mainline' Protestant pastors? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Seasoned by a religion bachelor’s from the University of Chicago and a
Harvard divinity degree, John Lomperis now monitors his United Methodist
Church for the Institute on Religion and Democracy. This small,
controversial D.C.
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Christmas trees from around the world - In Pictures

Christmas trees from around the world - In Pictures | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
From the traditional Norwegian Spruce in Trafalgar Square to the world’s largest digital Christmas Tree in Times Square here are just some of the festooned trees from around the world. Continue reading...
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Christmas Messages From Around The Presbyterian Branches - The GA Junkie

Christmas Messages From Around The Presbyterian Branches - The GA Junkie | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Over the last couple of weeks I have seen the following official Christmas messages from Moderators of various Presbyterian branches.

The Church of Scotland – The Rt. Rev. John Chalmers

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland – The Rev. Dr. Michael Barry: “Presbyterian Moderator calls for people to welcome strangers this Christmas”

The Presbyterian Church of Wales – The Rev. Neil Kirkham

The Presbyterian Church in Canada – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris

The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand – The Rev. Peter Cheyne

In the PC(USA) both the Moderator and the Stated Clerk get into the act

Reasons to celebrate the PC(U.S.A.) this Advent season – from RE Heath Rada

December 2014 – Link daily toil and holy quest in a deeper, earthier way this Advent – from The Rev. Gradye Parsons

And finally, a message from the Moderator-designate of the Free Church of Scotland posted on the web site which has gotten some coverage.

No Room In The Inn For Jesus – The Rev. David Robertson
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Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary awarded $2.5 million grant

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary awarded $2.5 million grant | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's Louisville Institute has received a $2.5 million grant from the Lily Endowment to further the work of pastors, educators and others who seek to revitalize the North American Christian church.
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Lessons & Carols Edition * Mark Driscoll returns * No, Really: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Lessons & Carols Edition * Mark Driscoll returns * No, Really: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
How many Americans are Christian? Can you question the Virgin Birth and still be a Christian? Do Christians over-emphasize the birth of Jesus? Can Santa make it to every house in one night? And why Driscoll again, so soon?
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The Dallas Morning News: Legacy Presbyterian Church recognized as fully chartered congregation

The Dallas Morning News: Legacy Presbyterian Church recognized as fully chartered congregation | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Legacy Presbyterian Church in Frisco has recently been recognized as a fully chartered congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
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In DC, faith groups position to be a political force on homelessness - Washington Post

In DC, faith groups position to be a political force on homelessness - Washington Post | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
With shelters at capacity or filling fast, organizers warn more must be done to address the growing need.
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Blown away by the Christmas spirit

Blown away by the Christmas spirit | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

It was a “remarkable experience” to hear the children thinking out loud as they decided to pool their money to buy mittens for people who live at a nearby homeless shelter, Mpoyo said. The kids and leaders from Shalom plan to present their gifts to the homeless shelter sometime on Christmas Eve.


About 20 miles southwest of Atlanta, Clarkston is home to an estimated 8,000 residents from at least 30 countries. Many have had their lives ripped apart by the devastating consequences of war and natural disaster.


“To hear these kids saying, ‘We see that we’re OK. God has blessed us. We want to do what we can to share the gesture of wellbeing and peace,’ is incredibly gratifying,” Mpoyo said. “We have worked so hard to empower our young kids to be leaders. They are learning how, becoming disciples of Jesus.”

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Curia critique * Religious cop * Snaketivity Scene : Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Curia critique * Religious cop * Snaketivity Scene : Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
After Pope Francis' stunning rebuke of the Vatican bureaucracy, the curia may down an extra eggnog today. One of the cops murdered in Brooklyn this weekend thought he might want to serve the NYPD in a more spiritual way. And Snaketivity at the Michigan Capitol.
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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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Ministry man: The force behind the revitalization of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church

Ministry man: The force behind the revitalization of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Palos Verdes - Dr. Rev. Sunny Kang was just 21 years old — a college junior in Wisconsin — when he accidentally founded his first church.
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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings - December 26 & January 2 - Religion Press Release Services

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings - December 26 & January 2 - Religion Press Release Services | 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 #1817 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on December 26 (check local listings). Show #1818 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. on January 2 (check local listings). Show # 1817: Look Back …
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14 striking findings from 2014

14 striking findings from 2014 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In 2014, Pew Research Center published more than 150 reports and some 600 blog posts. Here are 14 facts we found particularly striking, as they illustrate some major shifts in our politics, society, habits or families.
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When Merry Christmas Doesn't Come Easy

When Merry Christmas Doesn't Come Easy | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In Christ, we get to celebrate even in our sorrow.
I really loved my first forty-five Christmases. They certainly weren’t perfect, but they also weren’t painful.
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90-Year-Old Vet Arrested For Feeding Homeless Will Hand Out Christmas Eve Dinner

90-Year-Old Vet Arrested For Feeding Homeless Will Hand Out Christmas Eve Dinner | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old vet previously arrested for feeding the homeless, will hand out food on Christmas Eve CREDIT: Megahoboriffic Youtube page Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old veteran who has been repeatedly arrested for handing out food to the...
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Incarnation: The Truth About God - Will Willimon

We declare to you what was from the beginning, that we have heard, what we've seen with their eyes, what we have looked at in touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – this life was rev...
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ACSWP names five people to Study Team on Prospects for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine - The Presbyterian Outlook

ACSWP names five people to Study Team on Prospects for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) has named five people to serve on a study team to report to the 2016 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) regarding the feasibility of a two-state solution to the conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East. The study team is being called the “Study Team on Prospects for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine” – not, as also was considered, a study team on a two-state solution. In announcing the appointments
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Immigrant mom seeks refuge in Philadelphia Presbyterian church

Immigrant mom seeks refuge in Philadelphia Presbyterian church | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Nine-year-old Mariana Mendoza had to give up her pink bedroom and bike when her family moved from a two-story rowhouse into a cramped church annex last month.
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Justice Unbound: Gender Equality is Just Freedom

Justice Unbound:  Gender Equality is Just Freedom | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A Concluding Editorial The practice of the General Editor and Managing Editor each doing an editorial for most issues goes back to when Patrick Heery was the Managing Editor.
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Police chaplain * Stained-glass cracks * Jesus' birthplace: Tuesday's news roundup - Religion News Service

Police chaplain * Stained-glass cracks * Jesus' birthplace: Tuesday's news roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
One of the police officers shot in Brooklyn was in a volunteer chaplain program. The stained-glass window industry isn't doing so great. And Jesus' birthplace is facing some modern-day struggles.
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Tahiti Anyabwile: Today Is a Time to Mourn

Tahiti Anyabwile:  Today Is a Time to Mourn | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I went to bed last night heartsick and distressed over the shooting deaths of two New York Police Department officers. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were sitting in their cruiser unsuspecting when an African-American …
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