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The Church Benefits Association (CBA) has elected the Rev. Dr. Frank Clark Spencer, President of The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as vice chair of its Board of Directors. Spencer’s election, at CBA’s annual meeting in December, reaffirms the Board of Pensions’ strategic partnership with other religious denominations to better serve leaders across faith communities.
The Rt. Rev. Sally Foster-Fulton, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, took her turn in front of the “A Matter of Faith: A Presby Podcast” microphone earlier this month, chatting with hosts Simon Doong and the Rev. Lee Catoe about some of the ways the “Mother Church” and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are similar and yet different.
“The family members of the thousands killed under the previous Duterte administration are still working for justice and accountability but have few legal options in local and national courts,” reads a World Council of Churches statement on the human rights situation in the Philippines.
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ made history on Monday when it elected the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson as the first woman, and the first Black woman, to lead the denomination as General Minister and President.
The Governing Board of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) is pleased to announce that Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie has been elected to serve as President and General Secretary of the ecumenical organization. She is the first African American woman to serve as both President and General Secretary of the organization.
As participants in Ecumenical Advocacy Days prepared to head off to meet with their congressional representatives on Thursday, a minister from the Poor People’s Campaign provided a virtual pep talk with a one-word takeaway: “Surely.”
As they prepared to lobby Capitol Hill solons Thursday about the climate crisis, food insecurity and other significant ills, Ecumenical Advocacy Days participants took in an online session on the role that climate finance can play in securing enough food for everyone.
While serving as pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III became concerned about the nutrition and health of some of his members.
“I pastored there for 14 years and during my time, I saw many members of my church being hospitalized repeatedly for diet-related issues,” said Brown, a speaker at an Ecumenical Advocacy Days plenary on Wednesday.
Presbyterian Mission Agency Mission co-workers the Rev. Sarah Henken and the Rev. Jed Koball led country-specific workshops Wednesday at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days virtual conference. Nearly 50 participants logged into the virtual format to hear first-person accounts, discussions, and practical solutions centering on building peace in Colombia and opposing state-sponsored violence in Peru.
A trio of panelists moderated by the Rev. Carl Horton, coordinator of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, took to the airwaves Wednesday morning during Ecumenical Advocacy Days to discuss “Pursuing Peace: The Impact of Militarization on Global Food Security.”