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Once upon a time, theological institutions were seen as stewards of self-sufficiency. Aside from a visiting professor now and then, tenured faculty formed the core of the identity and mission of most seminaries. Students sought out specific professors as mentors and advisers. Aside from denominational affiliation, a school’s internal prowess in missiology, homiletics, liturgy, music, pastoral counseling or evangelism was often the main draw for new students.
Almost 20 years ago, some members of First Presbyterian Church in Conrad, Iowa, heard a presentation about a program in which U.S. farmers and churches team up to raise money to help subsistence farmers in various parts of the world.
Having felt called to ministry as a youngster, retired Rear Admiral the Rev. Dr. Margaret Grun Kibben, ordained into ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), served her country as a Navy chaplain before being elected Jan. 3 as the 61st Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Communicators with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — those who tell Presbyterians’ stories with words, photos, videos, public relations plans and podcasts — were rewarded for their work throughout 2020 on Thursday with recognition from the Associated Church Press during its online Best of the Church Press Awards.
For more than a year now, businesses, schools, and places of worship have been closed because of COVID-19. With renewed hope from a vaccine that would allow the world to return to some type of normal, the world is slowly recovering and reopening. People are finding new ways to understand and inspire spirituality, especially as it relates to civic action and bridge-building.
When telling the church’s story, it helps to know one’s own faith story well enough to tell it succinctly and powerfully.
Each year there is spirited discussion in the media about the nominations for the Oscars. This year, though the movie schedule was terribly disrupted by the pandemic, is no different.
According to a recent study, nearly 50 percent of Protestant pastors frequently hear congregational members repeat conspiracy theories on various issues affecting the country.
The Rev. Dr. John F. Stephenson, Jr., a Presbyterian pastor who started a breakfast club called “The Bagel Boys” and continued to serve God despite having to retire from professional ministry in 1980 because of disabling rheumatoid arthritis, died on Oct. 4. He was 89.
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