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Mending Relationships:
Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Hope

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.
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When Borders Break Relationships

Cuban and American churches discover a spirit of reconciliation.
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A Chance to Promote Peace

The PC(USA) Peace & Global Witness Offering supports Presbyterian reconciliation efforts far and near.
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Go Figure: Do We Really Want Gender Equity?

Surprise. Discimination against women is still a problem in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
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What Presbyterians Believe: Beginning and Ending in God

The cosmic significance of reconciliation.
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Bible Explorations: Understanding the Bible

It’s not a piece of cake.
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advent2016cover-339Advent Calendar for 2016
A Journey of Memories

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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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DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY  First Presbyterian Church, Joliet, IL, seeks a full time Director of Youth Ministry. Email resumes to Qualifications are a strong Christian faith, enthusiasm for youth, organizational skills, and ability to work with volunteers. This is a non-ordained position and a competitive salary package plus benefits is offered.

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ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR FAMILY MINISTRY  The First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth Michigan is seeking an individual called to become an Assistant Minister for Family Ministry. This position will need strong communications skills both for preaching in large groups and for teaching small groups both in Bible Study and through committee work. This position will have the opportunity to preach at least twice a month. Our 1,100-member church has three services, two traditional and one contemporary. This individual would also need to be pastoral; good listening skills are essential. S/he will minister not only to our young families, but will also assist, with support, the other pastors in care to the entire congregation. Technology skills are a must. They will coordinate pastoral support for all family ministry activities. The Assistant Minister would serve as a resource and counselor for the Family Ministry Team. The Assistant Minister would also be responsible for developing programs including relevant Bible Studies and creative life stage events for families while working with the other ministers to coordinate various ministries including New Member Classes. Please contact Matt Maginley, or 734-453-6464.

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Jeffrey grew up in and around New York City, the son of one of the founders of Harry N. Abrams Inc., an art book publishing house. He studied economics and finance at New York University, then law at Georgetown University. He was a partner and creative director of an advertising agency, published a consumer magazine focused on gourmet foods, then earned a Master of Divinity degree from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary (Md.). He joined Presbyterians Today in January 2009 after serving several Catholic parishes in central Illinois for 12 years.

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Guide for Young Adult Ministry

How well do you know what makes today’s young adults tick? This special issue published by Presbyterians Today is a must-read for everyone who wants to better understand young adults and engage them in worship, education, and service. You may be surprised to hear how ardent young Presbyterians are about their faith and their church—and… Read more »

Presbyterian Resource Guide for Ministry

An easy-to-read, in-depth handbook that puts loads of vital ministry information on dozens of subjects at your fingertips. This one-stop reference is ideal for congregations, presbyteries, and individuals looking for creative ways to improve their ministry.
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