Communication

Board of Pensions portfolio outperforms assumptions

With a market value of $9.6 billion, the Board of Pensions’ Balanced Investment Portfolio returned 10.3 percent during the first eight months of 2019, more than 4 percent over the long-term investment return assumption of 3, 10 and 20 years.

Money matters at the A Corp board meeting

Questions and answers about finance dominated the conversation at this fall’s A Corp Board meeting, held Thursday and Friday at the Presbyterian Historical Society.

Moving Forward Implementation Commission sets budget summit

Meeting in Baltimore, the Moving Forward Implementation Commission voted this week to convene the leadership of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Office of the General Assembly and the A Corporation for what it called “an honest and open examination” of the 2021-22 budget “in order to establish a unified approach and plan for budgeting for the upcoming cycle.”

Ten churches selected to receive $1.9 million in preservation grants

Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago is among 10 churches around the country to receive a total of $1.9 million in repair and restoration funds designed to safeguard their physical legacies and strengthen the value they contribute to their communities. The grants were announced in a news release Thursday by the National Fund for Sacred Places.

Taking lessons from a Samaritan

In Luke 17:11–19, 10 people with a skin disease are healed, yet only one — a Samaritan — felt compelled to thank Jesus for his healing. 

‘Part work, part worship and part listening’

Last summer, the Rev. Dr. José Irizarry took a mission trip to Puerto Rico with 10 teenagers from his church. They knew he’d been a university professor and administrator, and on a break from repairing houses, they circled him, wanting how-tos on college life. Irizarry describes the trip as “part work, part worship and part listening.”