So much big reconciliation work needs to be done—between races, political parties, theologies, religions—and even in our own families and personal lives. This issue of Presbyterians Today focuses on many ways to think about reconciliation. We need to practice mending relationships in our homes, our churches, our communities, our world. The more we practice, the better we get at it. And when we learn to let go of our egos, tell hard truths, and admit to being wrong, we can help create a better world. Read digital edition
Featured Stories from this Issue
A Rugged Road to Forgiveness
Despite experiencing unthinkable violence, two mission co-workers find ways to forgive. Read story
When Borders Break Relationships
Cuban and American churches discover a spirit of reconciliation. Read story
A Chance to Promote Peace
The PC(USA) Peace & Global Witness Offering supports Presbyterian reconciliation efforts far and near. Read story
Go Figure: Do We Really Want Gender Equity?
Surprise. Discimination against women is still a problem in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). See the figures
What Presbyterians Believe: Beginning and Ending in God
The cosmic significance of reconciliation. Read story
During Advent—the time before Christmas—we watch, wait, and prepare for the coming of the Messiah. We read Scripture and practice church traditions that have been around for 2,000 years. This 2016 devotional is a journey of memories—of the many sights, smells, tastes, and sounds that point to the promises of God in Jesus Christ. These are the daily incarnations of our faith. When does a touch remind us of Jesus? Can a candle bring God’s hope to a dark room? Can a smell take us to a holy place?
Sue Washburn, pastor and editor of Presbyterians Today, has put together a collection of daily reflections and prayers to help us experience the joy and wonder of Christ’s birth with the senses God has given us. Susan Blank’s exquisite quilts add to the beauty and remembrances in this year’s Advent Calendar.
Perfect for congregations, families, and individuals, A Journey of Memories provides a Scripture reading, meditation, and prayer for each day of Advent.
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