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Striking ISIS * Googling Hell * Postponing Marriage : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Striking ISIS * Googling Hell * Postponing Marriage : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Pope says "yes" to military strikes on ISIS. If you're Googling "hell," chances are you live in a tough neighborhood. And how to prevent that "hormonal rush."
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - PC(USA) leaders issue statement on church burnings

PC(USA) leaders issue statement on church burnings
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Mission Agency Board responds to lawsuit

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Mission Agency Board responds to lawsuit | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Dermody, former deputy executive director for mission, filed a defamation suit against the PC(USA) May 29, 2015, in Louisville’s Jefferson Circuit Court.


He is one of four PC(USA) employees placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 14, 2014, while an independent investigation was conducted regarding the establishment of an unauthorized nonprofit corporation, the Presbyterian Centers for New Church Innovations, Inc. (PCNCI). An announcement was made June 1, 2015, that the four were no longer employed by the Presbyterian Mission Agency.


The Rev. Eric Hoey filed a similar suit on June 16, 2015. A response to Hoey’s suit is due on or before July 8. Hoey is the former director of Evangelism and Church Growth at the PC(USA).


The PC(USA)’s response claims Dermody is barred from bringing civil charges against the church by the “ecclesiastical abstention doctrine or ministerial exception.” These clauses assert Dermody, as a teaching elder of the PC(USA), agreed to the disciplinary process—including reporting of disciplinary actions—as a condition of his ordination.


The response further claims the reporting of disciplinary action against Dermody, made to the presbytery and the wider denomination, were “required by the Church’s policies and practices informed by its faith and polity.”


The church denies Dermody’s claims of defamation, asserting, “Any statements made by or attributed to the [PC(USA)] were true or substantially true.” The defense states moreover that the church is not legally responsible for rumors or gossip that spread after these truthful statements were made, or for reports published by third parties such as the Presbyterian Outlook.

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Racism and religious persecution: Who’s burning black churches?

Racism and religious persecution: Who’s burning black churches? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Guest commentary by Denise Anderson On June 17, 2015, nine people were shot and killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white supremacist. Since then six predominantly black churches across the South have gone up in flames.
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Adam Copeland: Same-Sex Marriage & the Christian Majority

Adam Copeland:  Same-Sex Marriage & the Christian Majority | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Within 10 minutes on Monday morning, I ran into not one, but two news stories covering the “Christian reaction” to the Supreme Court’s ruling last week affirming the rights of citizens to same-sex marriage.
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An Open Letter to Franklin Graham

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Brother, when you reference the Bible with a level of biblical illiteracy you have shown in your response to the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage, it is too much. You have embarrassed yourself and your clan.
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Presbyterian Mission Agency Consolidates Two Ministry Areas into Theology, Formation and Evangelism

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Two Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries have merged to form Theology, Formation and Evangelism. The two areas involved were previously called Theology, Worship and Education and Evangelism and Church Growth.
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A Presbyterian Perspective on Racism

A Presbyterian Perspective on Racism | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Lamenting with Mother Emanual AME June 29, 2015  DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson: nine human beings,...
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Former minister: ‘overwhelming feeling of gratitude’ in wake

Former minister: ‘overwhelming feeling of gratitude’ in wake | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Jane Spahr, the former Presbyterian minister who defied the mainline Protestant denomination’s
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USAToday: High-court ruling won't affect church weddings

USAToday: High-court ruling won't affect church weddings | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Rev. Cynthia Campbell of Highland Presbyterian Church said Friday that she looks forward to performing her church's first same-sex marriage now that Kentucky's ban on gay marriage has
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Opening the Question of Race to the Question of Belonging. Our Responses to Charleston with Omid, Parker, and Courtney. Facing Fear with Sharon.

Opening the Question of Race to the Question of Belonging. Our Responses to Charleston with Omid, Parker, and Courtney. Facing Fear with Sharon. | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
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Presbyterian Mission Agency Board executive committee discusses next steps

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board executive committee discusses next steps | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
For leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), there is much work to be done in the months to come. Among the tasks: Find an interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, to replace Linda Valentine, who has announced that she is resigning effective July 10. Work on the next Mission Work Plan – a framework which will guide the PC(USA)’s mission budget for 2017 and 2018. Consider at the September 23-25 meeting of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board a process for a churchwide c
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▶ Ben Weir press conference, 19 September 1985 - YouTube

Live press conference held at the National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., upon Rev. Weir's release and return from Lebanon after being held hostage f...
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▶ Ben Weir interview, 1987 - YouTube

Paul Eckel interviews Ben Weir at First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Ga. Recorded at the joint meeting of the Synods of the South and the Southeast, May, 6,...
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterian Mission Agency Consolidates Two Ministry Areas into Theology, Formation and Evangelism

Two Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries have merged to form Theology, Formation and Evangelism. The two areas involved were previously called Theology, Worship and Education and Evangelism and Church Growth.

Along with the new name comes a new reporting structure that was recently implemented by executive director Linda Valentine and approved by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee. The new structure has largely been in place since November of 2014, so this action simply makes the structure permanent. No jobs will be eliminated.

“This new structure was designed to best use the skills and gifts of the current staff in the most effective way possible, to increase synergy among some ministries and to eliminate need for new hires,” said Valentine.
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Union receives Parsons Foundation grant for Syngman Rhee Global Mission Center

RICHMOND, Va. – The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has approved a two-to-one challenge grant of $300,000 to Union Presbyterian Seminary for The Syngman Rhee Global Mission Center for Christian Education. The Parsons Foundation approved the...
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United Church of Christ votes to divest from Israeli companies in occupied territories

United Church of Christ votes to divest from Israeli companies in occupied territories | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) The vote marks a victory for a broad international movement which aims to pressure Israel into extracting itself from Palestinian lands by a strategy known as BDS -- Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions.
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Clergy Arrested as "Moral Mondays" Protests Legislative Corruption and Inaction | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

Clergy Arrested as "Moral Mondays" Protests Legislative Corruption and Inaction | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Rev. Shannan Vance Ocampo, of Albany Presbytery said: “The dysfunction in our legislature is frustrating to begin with, but the inability to advance policies which serve the common good is devastating for the people of our communities who continue to struggle in the most unequal state in the nation. As leaders of faith communities, we know this first-hand because we are at the front lines of help and service to these communities which have been long ignored and exploited. Hunger and poverty won’t take a break at the end of the session, and families will continue to bear an undue burden as the rich enjoy tax breaks and advantages bought through campaign contribution loopholes. As people of faith, we have a moral imperative to demand our elected officials work to serve every person in our state, and not just their wealthy benefactors. We can stand in no other place than here as faith communities because we stand for all people and believe in the equality and dignity of all people. We will continue to oppose an immoral state budget with all that we have.  We will not be silent."
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Ministers and Marriage

Ministers and Marriage | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
It is an odd relationship–the way ministers often act as agents of the state to sign civil marriage licenses. We can’t sign any other documents on behalf of the state.
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Kenneth J. McFayden appointed academic dean of UPSem Richmond campus

Kenneth J. McFayden appointed academic dean of UPSem Richmond campus | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
RICHMOND, Va. (Union Seminary communications) Kenneth J. McFayden, a widely recognized expert in leadership and change, has been appointed the next academic dean of the Richmond campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary.
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Congregations receive excellence grants of $35,000 each

Congregations receive excellence grants of $35,000 each | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) Three worshiping communities have been named winners of the 2015 Sam and Helen R. Walton Award—for their excellence as new church starts in their local communities. The winning communities will each receive $35,000.
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Huffington Post: We Forget That Clergy Have Always Stood On The Front Lines For Gay Rights

Huffington Post:  We Forget That Clergy Have Always Stood On The Front Lines For Gay Rights | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
On New Year's Day 1965, hundreds of gay San Franciscans arrived at 625 Polk Street in the city's Tenderloin district for a much-anticipated "Mardi Gras Ball."

The event organized by gay
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Text of Obama's 'Amazing Grace' eulogy for Charleston pastor - Religion News Service

President Obama spoke of the black church as the bulwark of the people, of gun violence and racism. But he wove it all in to a meditation on God's grace. "If we can find that grace, anything is possible."
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Rev George Chapman in The News Virginian: Changes coming for Presbyterian Church

Has the Presbyterian Church lost its mind?  Many folks have been asking this question in light of two recent decisions by the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination.  
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - PC(USA) Stated Clerk issues statement on Supreme Court’s action on marriage

PC(USA) Stated Clerk issues statement on Supreme Court’s action on marriage
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The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission | Here We Stand

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission | Here We Stand | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The redefinition of marriage should not entail the erosion of religious liberty. In the coming years, evangelical institutions could be pressed to sacrifice their sacred beliefs about marriage and sexuality in order to accommodate whatever demands the culture and law require. We do not have the option to meet those demands without violating our consciences and surrendering the gospel. We will not allow the government to coerce or infringe upon the rights of institutions to live by the sacred belief that only men and women can enter into marriage.

The gospel of Jesus Christ determines the shape and tone of our ministry. Christian theology considers its teachings about marriage both timeless and unchanging, and therefore we must stand firm in this belief. Outrage and panic are not the responses of those confident in the promises of a reigning Christ Jesus. While we believe the Supreme Court has erred in its ruling, we pledge to stand steadfastly, faithfully witnessing to the biblical teaching that marriage is the chief cornerstone of society, designed to unite men, women, and children. We promise to proclaim and live this truth at all costs, with convictions that are communicated with kindness and love.
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