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PC(USA) co-moderators to lead plenary session at Big Tent

The Rev. Denise Anderson and the Rev. Jan Edmiston, co-moderators of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly 222 (2016), will present a plenary session tentatively titled “At the Cross: Intersections the Church Must Navigate” during this year’s Big Tent.

Montreat College President Maurer responds to recent criticism

In response to media outlets, including Presbyterian News Service, reporting Montreat College’s disaffiliation from the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU) and the resignation of three of its faculty over disagreements with a newly published set of “core documents,” the college’s president, Dr. Paul J. Maurer, has published a guest commentary in the Black Mountain News.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board elects new Executive Committee

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) met today via conference call to nominate and elect its new Executive Committee in addition to considering an appointment to the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP). The board also received updates from the Executive Director search team and the Governance Task Force.

North Carolina woman leaves $2 million bequest to PDA and SDOP

While sorting through the papers of her late cousin Matilda Cartledge, Rebecca McClure found a couple of sentences in her recently-deceased relative’s handwriting that she says reflect Cartledge’s values. The unattributed sentences, which are a quote from President Franklin Roosevelt’s second inaugural address, read: ‘The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide for those who have too little.’

Big Tent to offer real-time plenary and worship service translation

For the first time ever, translation services are being offered as part of the plenary session and worship services at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Big Tent event. The churchwide gathering is July 6-8, 2017 on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

All-Agency Review Committee revises reports, plans next steps

Day two of the Denver meeting of the All-Agency Review Committee began with an expression of gratitude by committee Moderator Deborah Block, who asked the group to review the mission directives discussion from yesterday and look toward the work of future meetings.

PC(USA) All-Agency Review Committee meets in Denver

The All Agency Review Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is meeting May 1-2 at Central Presbyterian Church for its second face-to-face meeting. Topics discussed included a review of the 2010-2016 General Assembly mandated agency reviews and more discernment of the scope of its work.

D.C. church changes worship from passive to participatory

Melissa Scaggs had attended Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, D.C., for about a year when the Rev. Ashley Goff, the church’s minister for spiritual formation, invited her to share a personal story during an upcoming Sunday service.