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Caring for Creation in Our Home

In my last letter, I shared about being an anti-destructivist and what that means in terms of Jenny’s and my work supporting the Latin American Biblical University (UBL, for its initials in Spanish) in its journey promoting climate justice both within the university, in communities around it, and throughout Latin America. Now I can add that the UBL recently received recognition for our work, through a program called “The Blue Flag,” which guides and monitors institutions working to become more sustainable. Areas that the Blue Flag is helping us monitor include the use of electricity, water conservation and waste management.

Union Presbyterian Seminary panel looks at biblical texts that can make antiracism work difficult

A panel of New Testament scholars convened by Union Presbyterian Seminary late last month took on the uncomfortable reality that “contrary to popular opinion, the Bible has not always been an ally in the struggle for antiracist work. Though replete with Scriptures that convey God’s vision for a world of equality and justice where every human being is created in the common image of God and viewed as equally valuable, the Bible has also been used for more nefarious ends,” including, as a webinar promotion put it, “theologically justified supremacist thought.”

Presbyterians Today looks at living out the Great Ends of the Church

Ministry candidates talk about them. Moderators share them with session members during meetings. Pastors do sermon series on them. “They” are the Great Ends of the Church — statements crafted in the early 20th century to guide the vision and mission of the Presbyterian Church. But who can recite all six Great Ends? (Be honest.) And what do these Great Ends look like when lived out? Presbyterians Today explores how congregations embrace these guiding principles in ways that show their communities the power of love in action.

Presbyterians Today columnist considers: Did Jesus really descend into hell?

Of the 12 entries in our Book of Confessions, odds are you’re most familiar with the Apostles’ Creed. Every branch of Christianity’s family tree accepts it. It’s often recited at baptisms, as it was originally a baptismal creed. And, since it’s only 110 words long, if you have any creed memorized, this is probably the one. But of those 110 words, four have tripped up Christians for centuries: He descended into hell.

희망의 씨앗을 뿌리다

위대한 나눔의 실천 헌금, 파나마 여성들의 삶과 살림을 새롭게 하다 에밀리 엔더스 오돔 루이빌 – 파올라 토그나렐레[Tog-na-rē-le]의 지구와의 연결은 성스럽다. 그녀는 지금 그녀의 삶에서 중요한 여성들과 깊은 유대관계를 형성하고 있다…. Read more »

Presbyterian senior living community’s talented residents featured on national news

It was standing room only in mid-November at Orchard Path, a Presbyterian Homes & Services senior living community located in Apple Valley, Minnesota. On that fall afternoon, the community gathered to hear a piano concert entitled “Four Ladies in their Eighties.” The concert was performed by Orchard Path resident Vicki Hall and her sisters Jan Goris, Val Duininck and Carol Hall.