Faith & Worship

When good news is harder to find

On Wednesday, the Rev. Dr. Kimberly Wagner offered up the Rx that pastors preaching and leading congregations might well need the most during this time of trauma: practical advice from someone who’s been there, and who’s clearly researched and thought deeply about what trauma can do to individuals and faith communities.

Setting the table and adorning the walls

Commissioners and advisory delegates at every General Assembly will tell you a highlight is worship, which is always thoughtful and inspiring, appealing to both the eye and the ear.

The Rev. Adriene Thorne is called to be The Riverside Church’s eighth senior minister

The Rev. Adriene Thorne, leader of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, has been voted in by the congregation of The Riverside Church in the City of New York as the eighth senior minister in the church’s history. Thorne is the first African American woman to serve as senior minister. She will begin her post on Oct. 1.

Called to advocate for healing

During closing worship Friday at the Presbyterian Association of Musicians’ Worship and Music Conference, the Rev. Aisha Brooks-Johnson encouraged those present, in person and online, to become advocates for healing.

Having fun with the Bible

“What was Mary’s favorite nickname for baby Jesus, or Jesus as a toddler?” asked the Rev. Dr. Justin Reed. This was the opening question at Thursday’s Adult Bible Study at the Presbyterian Association of Musicians’ Music and Worship Conference.

Grabbing onto the incarnational theology of Jesus

In the latest Everyday God-talk from the Office of Theology and Worship, the Rev. Dr. Jan Edmiston tells host So Jung Kim that incarnational theology assures us that Jesus is with us. It nurtures her soul.

Police officer baptized by clergy couple he used to arrest

During Kevin Riley’s first interaction with Tom Wenzl, Riley was pinned in the parking lot of a grocery store in the Skagit Valley in Washington state. Wenzl, then a Mount Vernon police office, arrested Riley.