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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
Each year, the Board of Pensions offers a unique Presbyterian CREDO conference. This year, the Board has partnered with Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary to offer a conference to African American ministers called to serve in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
News reports indicate that John T. Earnest, the 19-year-old man who’s been charged with murder and attempted murder following Saturday’s deadly synagogue shooting in Poway near San Diego, is a member of an Escondido, Calif., congregation in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Kelly Riley wasn’t looking to change jobs two decades ago when she accepted a position as the Director of Member Services with the Board of Pensions. “I always tell people I truly believe I was led to the Board by God,” said Ms. Riley, now the agency’s Senior Vice President, Plan Operations.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for everyone.” — 1 Timothy 2:1