OUR CURRENT ISSUE — OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017
Facing Racism: Stories and Resources for the Church
12-step programs agree that the first step to recovery is honest acceptance — admitting that we have a problem. Well, we have a problem: we are racists. Our attitudes and behaviors are often more subtle than overt, and perhaps more negligent or unseeing than intentional. Nonetheless, our racism is insidious, pervasive and incalculably cruel to people on the receiving end. This special and timely edition of Presbyterians Today contains a collection of stories and resources to help open our eyes and hopefully put us on the right track to start making things right. Read digital edition
Featured Stories from this Issue
Facing up to our racism
A call to have hard conversations about race
White parents, black sons
‘Our kids are somebodies’
Churches welcome refugee families
Opening doors and hearts
We are the racist culture
Step 1: Admitting the problem
Presbyterians see more racial discrimination than 4 years ago
Go Figure: Presbyterian attitudes on race — more emphasis on racial justice and worship diversity
Bicycle repair ministry benefits Native Americans
A true blessing to Lakota Indian reservation in South Dakota
2017 Advent Devotional from Presbyterians Today
Let Love Speak: Words and Actions to Pave the Way of the Lord
Deja que el Amor Hable: Palabras y Acciones para Preparar el Camino del Señor
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During this holy season of Advent, we are invited to contemplate the powerful words of the Psalms. The Scriptures — and Jesus, the Word Incarnate — impel us to speak and act in more just and loving ways, especially towards the strangers and foreigners among us.
Magdalena I. García, PC(USA) minister of Word and Sacrament and hospital chaplain for Vitas Healthcare in Chicago, has put together a collection of challenging daily reflections and prayers based upon the Psalms to help us experience the promise and power of Christ’s coming.
Perfect for congregations, families and individuals, each day provides a Psalm excerpt, meditation and prayer to deepen the Advent experience.
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A SMALL-TOWN CHURCH WITH A BIG TOWN MISSION! We seek God’s choice for a dynamic, warm, uplifting, and spiritually mature Pastor and Head of Staff, to guide our 700+ vibrant members to serve the Lord with our actions, faith and compassion. We have a 300-year history as inclusive and loving disciples of Jesus, doing for and giving to our diverse NYC-area suburban community and beyond. Our Church Family, with a staff of 12+ full- and part-time members, provides many programs for all ages. We feed and comfort the needy, educate the youth and worship through scripture, spirituality and music. All are welcome to join our faith journey, living out God’s will as we implement strategies toward new possibilities for our community in transition. Applicants (5-7 years’ experience as head of staff or comparable role) may submit your PIF through the PC(USA) CLC (MIF #04679.AF) or by contacting the PNC at firstname.lastname@example.org. First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, 270 Woodbridge Ave., Metuchen, NJ 08840-2100. fpcweb.org.
CONNECTIONAL PRESBYTER New Castle Presbytery, energized and excited to serve its congregations in new ways, is seeking a diverse pool of applicants for its newly created CP position. The Connectional Presbyter will: • connect us to our system of governance as Stated Clerk, • connect with ministers of Word and Sacrament and elders through work with Committee on Ministers and Congregations, and by providing pastoral support, • connect with the larger church, particularly as an advocate and agent for clergy recruitment. Interested elders and ministers of the Word and Sacrament with experience related to the work of COM and possessing a leadership style that fosters trust, respect, flexibility and openness are encouraged to read further the CP position description that can be found on the Presbytery website at ncpresbytery.org. The search committee anticipates filling the position in the first quarter of 2018 and asks that online applications arrive at Connectionalpresbyter@ncpresbytery.org no later than November 1, 2017.
PASTOR Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church, located among the mountains and lakes of the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York state, seeks a pastor to join us and guide us on our spiritual journey. Through meaningful worship, adult and youth education classes, a dynamic music program, and a commitment to mission, our church continues to grow in our experience of God’s presence. We are a vibrant and energetic congregation, with a wide range of ages including families. Deeply integrated with our community we seek to live out Christ’s love in thought, word and deed, and believe we must be a voice for peace and justice in our world. We are looking for a pastor to help us deepen our spiritual walk while honoring our rich history in this beautiful part of God’s world. Visit our website at niccolls.org, view our MIF#06010.ACO on CLC, learn about our area at oldforgeny.com, and contact us at Chris Kraft, email@example.com.
ANSWER THE CALL Called to Love is a new book that follows the lectionary (Cycle B) with brief essays and reflection questions that connect Scripture to real life. This isn’t only a book you read, it’s a book you use. The author, John Yeager, is the Pastor of Eleanor Presbyterian Church in West Virginia. Searching for a small group discussion guide, John found little success, so he set out to write Called to Love. John’s purpose for this book is to help others persevere in their spiritual walk — “to the ends of the Earth.” To review or order Called to Love, visit www.calledtolove.co. Contact Pastor John Yeager at firstname.lastname@example.org and 304-360-1198.
SOLO PASTOR Situated on the beautiful High Plains of Colorado, the First Presbyterian Church of Yuma is seeking a full-time solo pastor. We are a healthy, financially stable church in an average sized town in northeast Colorado, about two hours from Denver. We are a close-knit community with a backbone in agriculture and a tradition of taking care of each other. Come be a part of our team as we strive to transform lives, renew hope, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another! You can find us on Facebook at First Presbyterian Church of Yuma, or go to clc.pcusa.org (MIF #01195.AE1). Email contact: email@example.com.
3 ORDAINED MINISTER POSITIONS Grace Presbyterian Church, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is searching for three ordained ministers: a full-time Lead Minister, Vision and Worship, a full-time Associate Minister, Engagement and Service, and a part-time Associate Minister, Children and Youth. We’ve completed a thorough process of discerning better who we are, and where God is leading us in our urban context. We’re actively living out a new vision and mission, and we’re looking for leaders who can help inspire us to become meaningfully engaged with our community and grow disciples. For more information about the congregation and the positions, please visit www.gracechurchcalgary.com/MinisterSearches.
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HEAD PASTOR First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne — an urban church with a congregation established in 1831 — located in Indiana’s second largest city, is seeking a dynamic head pastor!
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