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Board of Pensions names the Rev. Lori Neff LaRue as Vice President, Education

The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has named the Rev. Lori Neff LaRue as Vice President, Education. Since joining the agency six years ago as Director of Board University, Neff LaRue has greatly expanded well-being support for members of the church benefits plan, including throughout the Covid crisis, when she reimagined educational offerings to provide support remotely.

A difficult Bible passage sparks widespread social media reaction over the choice for the exegesis ordination exam

The most recent exegesis ordination exam has resulted in a deluge of concerned and critical social media comments from clergy and others saying that requiring seminarians to exegete one of the most difficult texts in the Bible, Judges 19:1-30, “The Levite’s Concubine,” has caused many candidates for ministry to be re-traumatized after suffering previous harms.

PC(USA) pastor and film critic Dr. Edward McNulty releases his Top 10 film list for 2022

The year 2022 saw crowds returning to theaters after the Covid disaster, though not as large as before. However, James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequel again drew huge receipts, reaching as of January 23 over $2 billion world-wide, surpassing the receipts generated by “Top Gun: Maverick.” Of the two it is Camron’s film that made my Top Ten List because the latter was merely an escapist film waving the flag of nationalism — no doubt a well-made, exciting film but one running counter to Christ’s boundary-breaking teachings of love and acceptance.

New book from Westminster John Knox Press available Feb. 21

After 20 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a global pandemic, protests against racial violence, and frequent shootings, more Americans than ever are living with the effects of trauma. The good news is that Jesus was born and died in a traumatized world, and his story speaks forever to wounded people worldwide.

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.

President of the PC(USA)’s Board of Pensions talks about recent efforts to break down barriers to flourishing ministry

A shared ministry pilot project involving both the Board of Pensions and Pittsburgh Presbytery was among the cutting-edge items of discussion Wednesday when the Rev. Dr. Frank Clark Spencer, President of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), spoke to the Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty of the Presbyterian Foundation during the Leading Theologically podcast. Listen to their wide-ranging half-hour conversation here or here.