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Communication

‘If you don’t tell your story, someone else will tell it for you’

Giving seminarians the tools and the confidence to use their access to the media effectively once they become pastors or do other ministry was the task at hand Wednesday for five Presbyterian communicators speaking at Columbia Theological Seminary during a talk and webinar titled “The News and the Good News: The Impact of Ministry on Journalism.”

Church leaders and public media subject of Wednesday online forum

Why is it important for church leaders to have a voice in public media? This is among the topics to be explored by seminary students, pastors, church communicators and others during a March 20 event jointly sponsored by the Presbyterian Writers Guild and Columbia Theological Seminary.

Most Presbyterians oppose government proposals to limit refugees, immigration

Presbyterians view immigrants more favorably than they did in 2011 and are more involved in immigrant ministries than they were in the past. These are the key findings of the May 2017 Presbyterian Panel survey on Immigration, Refugees, and Immigrant Ministries. The results were released earlier this month.

National Council of Churches outraged at use of tear gas

The National Council of Churches is outraged at the illegal use of tear gas on unarmed asylum-seekers at the US-Mexico border on Sunday. This asymmetrical use of force against a crowd that included children was immoral and disregarded the standards of international law. Our hearts go out to the people, especially the innocent children, victimized in this horrific act.

PC(USA) issues updated guidelines on election activities for religious organizations

The legal counsel of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has issued a set of guidelines for pastors, congregations and mid-councils during the election season. As tax exempt organizations, the guidelines prohibit PC(USA) entities from campaigning for or against a candidate but allows promotion of or lobbying for or against issues.

7 Easy Ways to Get Your Congregation Connected

Jesus was a great storyteller. He showed us that sharing a tale or a parable could stir hearts, win people over, inspire the lukewarm, and build up God’s realm on earth. We invite you to share our stories and yours.

A new way to network?

From Facebook to face-to-face care, passion, rather than programming, is fueling the connections in the Synod of the Northeast.

A Lament in the wake of the Bastille Day terror attack in Nice

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed….  2 Corinthians 4   God, whose presence we yearn toward in the stillness after our shaken, broken voices and the fires of violence fall silent: we have no words left. The… Read more »

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board concludes April 2016 meeting

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) concluded its April 2016 meeting with an approved 2017-18 bridge Mission Work Plan and a budget with 15 percent reductions over the same period. The board also approved a work restructuring plan that includes job reassignments, elimination of programming and staff reductions.