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Peace & Justice

Church partnership leads to successful tutoring program in Kentucky community

Presbyterian Church invests in Educate a Child initiative By Rick Jones Compassion, Peace and Justice Communications Yvonne and José moved with their parents to Shelbyville, Ky., from Central America when they were second graders.  Their parents were looking for work in the agricultural and horse industry but wanted to ensure their children received a quality… Read more »

North Carolina church transforming the lives of resettled families

Education is the focus of 20-year initiative By Rick Jones Compassion, Peace and Justice Communications Editor’s note: Since this story was published, Rev. John Odom accepted a call to serve as the Presbyter for Community Life for Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.  For two decades the Starmount Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C., has been actively ministering to families resettling… Read more »

Presbyterians share ideas and vision for educating children

Big Tent 2015 workshop focused on national Educate a Child initiative by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service Around the corner and around the world, young people can benefit from the power of education. That was the resounding message from leaders of the “Educate a Child” national initiative, during a session at Big Tent last… Read more »

A congregation makes a commitment to peace

Unity Presbyterian in Denver, North Carolina, has a history of peacemaking engagement, yet the word peacemaking was not always a term understood as connected with the church’s mission. Jay Sloan, now the volunteer coordinator for Unity’s commitment to peacemaking, moved to Denver four years ago and saw Unity Presbyterian as a mission-oriented church. It was… Read more »

Tacoma church finds success in learning center for children

Science, Technology and Common Core Standards are Foundation of Program by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service Louisville, February 22, 2016—On any given afternoon, the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Wash., is abuzz with young people talking math, science or reading a good book. It’s not uncommon to find fifth graders sitting with kindergarteners, helping them… Read more »

Youth-led business co-op in Mississippi leaves big impression

By Margaret Mwale Mike Askew knows what it is like to be part of a Self-Development of People project and to serve on a Self-Development of People Committee. His initial involvement with SDOP was while living in Chicago over two decades ago. Fast forward to 2015. Mike is now an ordained Presbyterian pastor and serving… Read more »

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program shares the story of a peacemaker

Along the way Kathy nurtured partnerships and continued to build connections with others, leading her to participate, plan, worked behind the scenes at the Peacemaking Conferences. The Peacemaking conference has nurtured three generations of the Runyeon family as they educated themselves and those around about injustice, violence and what people can do to work for peace at home and abroad.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team to consider new volunteers

Discernment to determine heart and commitment to disaster support The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team gathered recently in Jacksonville, Fla., to consider adding a group of new members. The so-called “Discernment Weekend” is an opportunity for those interested in serving communities impacted by disaster to determine if they are physically, emotionally and spiritually committed to the… Read more »

Sierra Leone slowly recovers following 2014-15 Ebola outbreak

Ecumenical partners update Presbyterian Mission Agency staff Presbyterian Mission Agency staff received an update on life in Sierra Leone, post-Ebola this week. Two people, one who lives and works in the troubled country and another who works there, spent several days with staff in Louisville, reporting on the physical, psychological and economic health of the country,… Read more »