The Rev. Dr. Jack Bartlett Rogers (1934-2016), Moderator of the 213th General Assembly (2001) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and author of nearly 50 published works, died at his home in Pasadena, California, on Wednesday, July 13.
Frederick Buechner turns 90 this Monday, July 11, and his friends and admirers have turned out a compiled volume of work in honor of the beloved writer and public theologian. Curated by author Anne Lamott, Buechner 101 samples his essays, sermons, and excerpts from memoirs and novels. The book also features homages by devotees such as Lamott, Barbara Brown Taylor and Brian McLaren.
Building on the momentum and success of its inaugural writing contest last year—in which the winning submissions were recently published in a book titled An Experiment in Modern Parables that debuted at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland, Oregon, last month—the Presbyterian Writers Guild (PWG) calls all writers and anyone who has ever dreamed about writing to compose a short story.
Czech Television (CT2) devoted 90 minutes of programming yesterday afternoon to a liturgical commemoration of national and religious leaders, chief among them the reformers Jan Hus and Jerome of Prague who were executed in 1415 as heretics and are celebrated today as martyrs and champions of faith, intellect and liberty.
After a two-year period of denominational soul-searching, the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is poised this June to consider dramatic changes to the ways the 1.66 million-member church conducts its ecclesial and mission work.