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On June 19, Antwon Rose was looking forward to his upcoming birthday. Until his life was cut short by police bullets fired into his back, as he ran unarmed, from police in East Pittsburgh.
It’s a far cry from 2014 in the Presbytery of Nevada. This past year 12 of its 21 congregations experienced numerical, and spiritual, growth. Just a few year ago, churches were leaving the presbytery and the remaining congregations were resistant to paying per capita.
When racially insensitive photos surfaced at Cal Poly University in April, Front Porch, a coffeehouse and 1001 worshiping community in San Luis Obispo, California, began to engage students — the majority of whom were disgusted by what they saw.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency recently approved 10 worshiping community Mission Program Grants to a diverse range of “1001” communities.
The darkness is very scary for many of the kids who skateboard here. Living in poverty they go to bed hungry at night, which is when the police or CPS come.
At any given weekly meal and Bible study, or monthly worship at Faith Point Fellowship in Greensboro, North Carolina, the full scope of humanity is represented.
Full of angst, Chris Romine walked into a new church in Hoboken, New Jersey, which sits directly across the river from Manhattan, New York. In his mid-20s with a well-paying job at a startup logistics firm in Manhattan, he was wondering if this was all there was. Exploring all kinds of faith expressions, including Christianity, he kept coming back to the simple message of Christ’s life.
The Rev. Nikki Collins has been named the new coordinator for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities (NWC) initiative in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Serious JuJu, a 1001 New Worshiping Community for youth and skaters in northwest Montana and Faith Presbyterian Church of the North Georgia Mountains have been named winners of the 2018 Sam and Helen R. Walton Awards.
After the 2017 “Living, Dying, Rising” conference took place in August in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, a sociologist from the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Research Services department conducted informal interviews of participants, most of whom were leaders of new worshiping communities (NWCs).