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About Presbyterians Today
Presbyterians Today is the award-winning, general-interest magazine of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Published 10 times a year, it explores practical issues of faith and life, tells stories of Presbyterians who are living their faith and covers a wide range of church news and activities. Presbyterians Today features easy-to-understand articles about what Presbyterians believe, Bible study and devotional helps, and provocative commentary on the church’s role in society.
Presbyterians Today continues the mission of denominational magazines dating back to the late 1800s. Among these are its immediate predecessors: Presbyterian Survey, Presbyterian Life and A.D.
Presbyterians Today seeks to:
- Report in a fair, accurate and balanced way on the activities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and of its members, leaders and mission partners.
- Uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
- Illuminate the faith and heritage that bind Presbyterians together.
- Express the rich diversity within the denomination.
- Challenge readers to grow in their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord.
- Provide a Christian perspective on contemporary issues.
- Be a source of inspiration, spiritual direction and practical tools for life and ministry.
- Reflect the denomination’s priorities: evangelism, justice, spiritual formation and leadership development.
Presbyterians Today editorial and advertising offices
100 Witherspoon St.
Louisville, KY 40202-1396
Tel. (800) 728-7228, x5520 or (502) 569-5627
Fax: (502) 569-8632
PO Box 52
Congers, NY 10920
Tel. (800) 558-1669
Members with extension numbers may be reached by phoning 800-728-7228
Jeffrey Lawrence, publisher
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.
Patrick David Heery, editor
Patrick is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The great grandson of a minister and the son of two public school teachers, Patrick grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was ordained as a ruling elder while still a teenager. He earned degrees in English and Classics while attending Ohio University. Just a week after graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2011 with a Master of Divinity, he began work with the Presbyterian Mission Agency as associate for social witness and managing editor of Unbound, an online interactive journal of Christian social justice. Patrick is an Eagle Scout, has served as a prison and hospital chaplain, is formally trained in faith-based community organizing, and was formerly staff for the Ford Foundation's Difficult Dialogues Initiative at Ohio University, where he helped facilitate constructive discussion of religion, race, and gender.
Derek Keefe, copy editor
Born just up the road in Lexington, Derek is near where he started, but in between he has lived in two countries, five states, and more than a dozen cities, his wife of 16 years a cherished companion for much of the journey, which has included graduate degrees in theology and the history of Christianity. Raised Methodist, he has also worked for a year in Northern Ireland through the Mennonite Mission Network and is pleased that his concern for clear thought and careful expression is now being put to use serving the communication arm of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
I am currently a student at Covenant College as well as a member of the PC(USA) and I can testify that "When Helping Hurts" by Drs. Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert is a fantastic read! I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about missions and poverty issues.
M. Smith, there are two books that come to mind, though not knowing what issue of the magazine you're referring to, I am not positive they are the ones you're thinking of: Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton and When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Also, be sure to watch for the December 2013 issue of PT; it's all about mission and how we can do it even better.
Some months back, there was an article about a book stating that we should do mission work differently to help people become independent. What is the title, and who is the author. I deleted the article and could not reclaim it. I would appreciate this info. I want to purchase the book. Thank you.
David, I've shared your question about featuring Native American stories and art with the Planning Calendar team. We at Presbyterians Today will also explore this wonderful suggestion, as we seek to witness to the many and varied peoples of the church and to provide an opportunity for all voices to be heard.
Have you considered a Planning Calendar feature Native American stories/art/ etc?