Education

Westminster John Knox Press titles receive top honors from the Academy of Parish Clergy

Each year, the Academy of Parish Clergy honors the top 10 books for parish ministry, which “display excellence and helpfulness to clergy,” as well as the Reference Book Top 5 list. Two 2020 Westminster John Knox Press titles have been named Top 10 honorees and another has been included in the top 5 list  of reference books. 

‘Oneness signals solidarity, not sameness’

When the Apostle Paul quoted what may well be Christianity’s first creed in his letter to the Galatians, he boldly proclaimed that all baptized believers are God’s children: “For you are all children of God in the Spirit There is no Jew or Greek; There is no slave or free; There is no male or female. For you are all one in the Spirit.”

A shot of hope

As we begin the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are reasons for hope, including vaccines approved for emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Yet even 95% efficacy for a vaccinated individual means that, statistically, 19 out of 20 people are effectively covered against becoming seriously ill from coronavirus, but 1 in 20 is not.

Reese’s pieces of wisdom

At age 97 and with 71 years of ministry under his belt, the Rev. Dr. Jim Reese had a story or two to tell the Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty during a Facebook Live event hosted last week by the Presbyterian Foundation and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Reese’s seminary alma mater (Class of 1949).

APCE workshop looks at spiritual development during the ‘Third Thirty’

While many people in their “third thirty” face problems related to health, loneliness and the inevitable slowdown that aging brings on, one constant in their life — and for many people it continues to grow until they depart this earthly realm — is their spirituality.

APCE opens the door to UN sustainable development goals

Friday afternoon the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) went to the United Nations — virtually, at least — to learn how they can involve their congregations in the work of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

‘For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World’ selected as a top-10 book

Flyaway Books is proud to share that “For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World” by author Michael W. Waters and illustrator Keisha Morris was selected for In the Margins Book Awards’ “Top 10 Fiction Titles” 2021 List. The book is also included in the organization’s “Fiction Recommendation List for 2021.” 

Leading through strength of diversity

A self-described “proud South African,” Dr. Warren Chalklen had plenty to teach the 1,000 or so people attending last week’s online national gathering of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators about how diversity makes churches and organizations stronger.