Presbyterian News Service

Taking lessons from a Samaritan

In Luke 17:11–19, 10 people with a skin disease are healed, yet only one — a Samaritan — felt compelled to thank Jesus for his healing. 

Cultivate common ground regarding faith in public life

“We make our own history,” Eleanor Roosevelt said. “The course of history is directed by the choices we make and our choices grow out of the ideas, the beliefs, the values, the dreams of the people. It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voice of the people themselves.”

Living Waters for the World celebrates 1,000 clean water partnerships

When 58 mission volunteers representing 17 states and four countries gathered at Camp Hopewell for the 62nd session of Living Waters for the World’s (LWW’s) Clean Water U training, their end-of-week celebration took on a deeper significance.  Special guests joined the students to celebrate a remarkable milestone for this 26-year ministry of the Synod of Living Waters — 1,000 clean-water partnerships formed in communities throughout the world.

Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan S. Williams interviewed on ‘Red Table Talk’

After spending 60 years as a man, Paul Williams came out to his family as transgender, becoming Paula. The married father of three was a prominent evangelical pastor before transitioning and recognized that transitioning would not be an easy process, personally or professionally. Nonetheless, “I’d been called [to transition], and you reject a call at your own peril,” Paula said.

A Labor Day prayer for family-sustaining wages

The following is a prayer from the Rev. Christian T. Iosso, who serves the Presbyterian Mission Agency as the coordinator for the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) and the senior editor of Justice Unbound. The ACSWP, according to their web page, “serves the prophetic calling of the whole Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by providing the General Assembly with careful studies of pressing moral challenges, media for discussion and discernment of Christian responsibilities, and policy recommendations for faithful action.”

San Francisco Theological Seminary’s first full-time African American professor

San Francisco Theological Seminary was established in 1871. In August 1969 under the leadership of President Arnold Come, the trustees of SFTS called the Rev. Dr. Cornelius O. Berry Sr. to join the faculty as their first full-time African American professor. Dr. Berry was an associate professor of systematic theology. He was a faculty member of both SFTS and the Graduate Theological Union located in Berkeley, California. He was also chairman of the Advanced Pastoral Committee and of Area 111 in the GTU until his untimely death in July 1973.