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Worshiping Communities

California PC(USA) church opens arms to Syrian congregation

Partnership welcomes ‘brothers and sisters’ in faith into community by Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service When Saousan Jarjour came to Costa Mesa, California, the Rev. Tim McCalmont had no idea impact she would have on him. A young woman from Homs, Jarjour came from Syria to study music at Orange Coast Community College. Its… Read more »

Being Church Together consultation explores multicultural ministry

Church leaders and agencies unite to discuss diversity and immigration issues In response to a directive from the 220th General Assembly (2012), the offices of Immigration Issues and Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) recently held a three-day immigration consultation in St. Petersburg, Fla., called “Being Church Together.” The Rev. Charles Wiley, coordinator Theology and… Read more »

Making inroads against human trafficking

The following article was originally printed in theJanuary/February 2016 issue, “Children of God—not for sale,” of Presbyterians Today. When Jill Bolander Cohen’s stepdaughter called her one afternoon, she didn’t expect her stepdaughter to be asking for her to help a high school victim of human trafficking. “This young woman’s mother sold her to a trafficker… Read more »

Building a robust theological framework for new worshiping communities

The Presbyterian Mission Agency recently held a consultation at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to begin the process of building a robust theological framework for its 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement. To date, more than 300 fellowships have been established through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) evangelism effort.