Presbyterian News Service

Board of Pensions seminar addresses retirement in context of wholeness

“People often think of retirement strictly in financial terms. ‘Am I saving enough money?’ ‘How much does Medicare Supplement cost?’ ‘When can I afford to retire?’” said the Rev. Lori Neff LaRue, Director of Wholeness Education for the Board of Pensions. “Those are extremely important questions to address, but they are far from the only ones.”

PC(USA) communications survey results are in

In May, a denominational communications survey was launched to determine what the Church most wants and needs from Communications. Nearly 11,000 people responded to questions including “What is most useful about communications from the national offices?” and “What is most frustrating?” and “What denominational information would you like that you are not currently getting?” Some of their responses might surprise you.

Growing our comfort zone

Civility is easy when we’re in our comfort zone, but civility becomes more challenging as we move away from that easy place. But that’s what we need to do — and there’s a way to do it.

Board of Pensions repeats Best Places to Work honor

Right on the heels of being named one of the Healthiest Employers in Greater Philadelphia, the Board of Pensions has earned a spot on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s list of Best Places to Work for the second year in a row.

Board of Pensions spotlight: Meet Katherine Hamilton

For Katherine Hamilton, helping employers navigate benefits decisions is personal. At 26, as a full-time graduate student, she learned she had cancer. The Affordable Care Act didn’t exist, and her student health insurance didn’t cover treatment because it didn’t have to.

WJK author David Khalaf appears in The New York Times

David Khalaf, co-author with his husband Constantino Khalaf of the WJK Spring 2019 book Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage, has published an essay in the hugely popular Modern Love column of The New York Times.

What pastors ought to know beyond seminary

I graduated from seminary over 46 years ago and I have served in very large urban congregations, suburban large churches, campus ministry, hospital chaplaincy, congregations with schools and nursing homes — and in Miami, where about 70 percent of the folks are Latino. So I have learned a great deal over my career that was never brought up in seminary. My thesis therefore is that all effective pastors need to be prepared to know and be aware of resources that the folks we minister to need to survive.

Houston Hodges dies at age 89

When Houston Hodges — a dyed-in-the-wool rural Texan — accepted a call to serve as associate executive presbyter for the  Presbytery of San Francisco in the mid-1970s, the most daunting part of the job was navigating Bay Area traffic.

U.S. Supreme Court denies stay in defamation case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an application for a stay of proceedings in a defamation case filed by a former Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) A Corporation employee. The May 30 ruling allows the case to proceed in Jefferson Circuit Court in Louisville.

Trading hotel and resort management for hurricane recovery

In a single month, Elizabeth Little vacationed, all expenses paid, at Westin’s resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, as a top sales leader; oversaw a $150,000 bar mitzvah at the Westin Charlotte in North Carolina, as senior catering manager; and took a mission trip to Mexico’s Yucatan, where she slept in a hammock in a village where no child had access to middle school.The contrasts were jarring.“I just kept thinking, there has to be something more,” said Little, who has been a Church Consultant with the Board of Pensions since 2016. “How could I take my hotel experience into the mission world?”