ETS Spirit of Unity Award: Ms. Rosy Latimore, Chairperson of the Multicultural Ministry Team Presbytery of Detroit
Rosy is being recognized for work she has done on her multicultural journey and the work she is doing in the presbytery of Detroit and PCUSA. You are encouraged to support her at the dinner on June 5. attached is additional information.
At the February 22 Presbytery Meeting, the Mission Interpretation Ministry Team is asking each congregation to make a pledge to Shared Mission of the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly. Each of these councils conducts mission. The Presbytery trains and equips leaders for ministry. Your mission dollars also support ministry with youth and young adults on the college campus and in the city of Detroit (Barnabas Youth Opportunities and the Second Mile Center). The General Assembly sends mission co-workers around the world. Will your congregation join the mission support of the Presbytery? We invite you to make a pledge and bring it to the February Presbytery meeting. Each congregation was sent a packet with the pledge and remittance forms, as well as the Per Capita Assessment for 2014. And thank you for your mission dollars in 2013. Much was accomplished last year in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Book of Order has been changed to require overtures from presbyteries to have a concurrence from at least one other presbytery. The overture part must be verbatim, but the rationale can be changed at will. This is an opportunity to draw greater interest in the work of the General Assembly. G-3.0302d.
From the perspective of the Presbytery of Detroit, it can be an opportunity to engage sessions in the work of the GA. Therefore, we propose the following Coordinating Cabinet Policy:
The Coordinating Cabinet will receive and consider requests from sessions to endorse overtures submitted to the General Assembly. It will receive such recommendations
Morning Psalm 99
1 The LORD is king; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 2 The LORD is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples. 3 Let them praise your great and awesome name.
Holy is he! 4 Mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity;
you have executed justice
April 23, 2014
Participants in an ecumenical consultation on human trafficking in Colombo. © National Christian Council of Sri Lanka. —WCC photo
World Council of Churches
World Council of Churches Communications
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
A communiqué adopted at a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation describes human trafficking as a “serious human rights violation” and its consequences are “most horrific results of the economic and social disparities that increase the vulnerability
Religion News Service
Cathy Lynn Grossman
Heaven is not only “for real,” it’s pretty much for everyone in the new movie based on the near-death experience visions of a precocious preschooler.
A PC(USA) mission letter from Zambia (2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 141)
April 22, 2014
Rev. M'hango discusses conservation farming with Kari Nicewander. —Joel DeJong
Presbyterian News Service
Kari Nicewander and Joel DeJong
“This harvest, there will be much food. We will not go hungry. And we have time for other things, too. We do not spend all our time in the fields.
‘A Change is Gonna Come’ is theme of June 16 fete
NBPC featured speaker J. Herbert Nelson —PNS file photo
Jerry L. Van Marter
A Change is Gonna Come” is the theme of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus dinner at this year’s 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The dinner will be held at the Marriott Hotel near the Detroit’s Cobo Convention Center on
Woman pastor with physical disabilities breaks African boundaries
The Rev. Dawn Gikandi, newly-ordained by the Presbytery of East Africa —Paul Mutitu Maina
Dawn Karungari Gikandi, a 31-year-old Kenyan, has been ordained as a minister by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA), a member church of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Gikandi is among only a few people who are
Presbyterian Writers Guild selects Robert John Andrews for prize
April 21, 2014
Nathaniel's Call by Robert John Andrews —Barnes & Noble
The Presbyterian Writers Guild has selected the Rev. Robert John Andrews, a pastor in Danville, Pa., to receive its prestigious Presbyterian Publishing Corporation First Book Award for 2014 for his novel set in the Civil War, Nathaniel’s Call.
PC(USA) mission worker in Russia reflects on the crisis in Ukraine
PC(USA) mission workers Ellen and Alan Smith and their two daughters. —Presbyterian World Mission
There is supposedly an ancient Chinese curse, may you live in interesting times. I suppose, that for people who value security and predictability, uninteresting times are preferable, if slightly boring. Otherwise, interesting is better. No one with
From our colleagues in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness
Support the people of South Sudan Please contact your members of congress and urge them to support increased diplomatic initiatives and funding for humanitarian aid for South Sudan. And, urge the Secretary of State and President to use all possible means to continue to press for humanitarian access. The people of South Sudan are in desperate need of help. On April 12, the United States along with the European Union and the United Nations out lined the problems and
Support the people of South Sudan
Please contact your members of congress and urge them to support increased diplomatic initiatives and funding for humanitarian aid for South Sudan. And, urge the Secretary of State and President to use all possible means to continue to press for humanitarian access.
The people of South Sudan are in desperate need of help. On April 12, the United States along with the European Union and the United Nations out lined the problems and
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
On the second Sunday of Lent, John Hendrix sits in one of the pews near the back of Grace and Peace Fellowship, a Presbyterian church with stained glass in green and orange, and a giant, organ pipe front and center. Casually decked in a striped, button-down shirt and jeans, he looks like any other member of the hip and young crowd. With his wife, Andrea, and his two children, Jack, 8, and Annie, 5, Hendrix
April 20, 2014
Office of the General Assembly
Toya Richards Jackson
Associate for Communications
A coalition of Christian leaders that includes the Reverend Robina Winbush of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has released a statement tied to Easter calling for the end of the war on drugs and mass incarceration.
“The ministry of Jesus the Christ was about challenging unjust systems that held individuals and marginalized communities in bondage,” says Winbush, the PC(USA)’s Associate for Ecumenical Relations and President of Churches Uniting In