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‘No Innocent Bystanders’ provides guide for social justice work

Can the people who benefit from unjust social systems actively work for justice with those who are oppressed by those systems? No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice (Westminster John Knox Press) by Shannon Craigo-Snell and Christopher Doucot is a start-up guide for spiritual or religious people who are interested in working for social justice but don’t know how or where to begin.

Presbyterian Writers Guild seeks best Presbyterian writer nominees

The Presbyterian Writers Guild (PWG) is accepting nominations for its 2018 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award. The award is given biennially in even-numbered years to recognize the cumulative work and influence — regardless of genre or subject matter — of a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) writer.

Board of Pensions issues statement on housing allowance ruling

On Friday, October 6, Judge Barbara Crabb, a federal district court judge in the Western District of Wisconsin, found Section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (the subsection dealing with housing allowances) to be unconstitutional based on the establishment clause of the First Amendment. Section 107(1), relating to the exclusion of the value of manse housing, was not the subject of the lawsuit and remains unaffected.

Presbyterian Church in Cameroon appeals for peace, dialog

The Rt. Rev. Fonki Samuel Forba, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, issued a statement yesterday urging peace and dialog in response to ongoing persecution and marginalization of the country’s Anglophone population.

Study up: A Reformation anniversary reading list

As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is celebrated later this month, that seems to be the case. Just as printing presses rushed to distribute copies of the 95 Theses that Luther reportedly nailed to a church door on Oct. 31, 1517, publishers have released a number of books in the past year on Luther, his fellow Reformers and the lasting impact of his action, which ultimately led to the schism in Christianity between Catholics and Protestants.

All Agency Review Committee considers General Assembly procedures

On its second day of meeting the All Agency Review Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) took up the topic of how certain topics are introduced at the denomination’s General Assembly and the ramifications of decisions made on the work of the agencies, often without input from the agencies.

Podcast hosted by PC(USA) co-workers debuts October 18

In the first episode of a new podcast “The Word on the Street,” hosted by thePresbyterian Mission Agency’s Charles Wiley and Alonzo Johnson, a Kentucky Hall of Fame Broadcaster recalled being in a person’s home during times of tragedy and being asked to pray for them.

New children’s book explores diversity and inspires empathy

In response to the lack of diversity found in children’s books, No One Else like You by author Siska Goeminne and illustrator Merel Eyckerman helps children appreciate the beauty of our diverse world and their place in it.

PDA emite oración a causa de la masacre en Las Vegas

A medida que los detalles siguen apareciendo sobre el mortal tiroteo en Las Vegas ayer por la tarde, la Rvda. Dra. Laurie Ann Kraus, directora del Programa Presbiteriano de Asistencia en Desastres, ha escrito una oración para compartirla con la iglesia.