Posts Categorized: Current Affairs

Lessons From The Wilderness

by William P. Brown,  William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary In the rush to reopen the economy, epidemiologists are warning of a second wave of the COVID19 infections that may be more severe. Time will tell. Meanwhile, angry white protesters, preferring guns over facemasks, have been expressing their outrage over constraints… Read more »

“If we say we are without sin…”

By Rebecca Barnes, Coordinator, Presbyterian Hunger Program “If we say we are without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” For many of us, this line of confession has been part of the liturgy of our worship and our lives for a long time. As Christians, we articulate a belief that… Read more »

White Fragility: Reflection from PHP Staff

As part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns purposes to accompany Presbyterians reflecting on decisions as an extension of their faith and values. As a staff we remember our own need for faithful discipleship through continuous education, questioning and discovery. Most recently we have done that by reading the book White… Read more »

A Pentecost Sermon

Pentecost Art installation at Hightstown PC written by Rev. Ashley Drake Mertz, LMFT, Pastor, Grace First Presbyterian Church, Weatherford, TX Pentecost Sunday 5.31.20 from Grace First Presbyterian Church on Vimeo. Sermon begins at 15:25 mark. First Reading:  Numbers 11:16-17; 24-30 Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 Today’s second reading comes from Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, chapter 12, verses… Read more »

Deforestation and Covid-19

Many of you may be asking yourself what this  Covid-19 pandemic is attempting to teach us about the state of Mother Nature and the ways in which we relate to her? While acknowledging that people all over the world are suffering from lost employment, diminished incomes and uncertainty, we  are seeing that in slowing down,… Read more »

COVID-19 Overshadows Environmental Rollbacks

by Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns, PHP In recent weeks a lot of our attention is focused on the coronavirus. Especially as information rapidly changes, we are constantly on high alert seeking information to clarify the situation. In this heightened state of consciousness though it is easy to overlook other… Read more »

Prayer and Beyond: Faithful Response

My new reality of working from home, a privilege that I am afforded,  is giving me space to reflect in different ways . I think I am not alone in that as I’m seeing  more and more thoughtful sharings from people I’m connected to online. In 2008, I spent a chunk of time in Haiti… Read more »

Responding Faithfully In A Pandemic

The current state of the world is new territory for many of us. As we respond to help slow the spread of COVID-19,  routine daily movements are grinding to a halt. Shelves stand empty inside many stores and most restaurant owners have posted ‘Closed’ signs. Many people are worried about having enough to get through… Read more »

Youth for Eco-Justice

Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults to Participate in Climate Negotiations The World Council of Churches (WCC) has teamed up with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to create “Youth for Eco-Justice.” This program, intended for Christians from 18-30 years old, will take place in conjunction with the 2011 United Nations climate negotiations. After a two-week… Read more »