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The Rev. Eugene Blackwell died yesterday following complications from bone cancer. He was 43. A graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he served as founding pastor of House of Manna in Pittsburgh beginning in 2009, and as assistant minister to North Way Christian Community.
Reversing several years of a downward trend in congregational giving, a report today from to the Audit and Finance committees of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board showed 2016 mid-year giving at $2,794,449, which is an increase of $1,000,699 over the budgeted $1,793,750, and $610,021 over last year’s mid-year mark.
The Synod gathering of Waldensian and Methodist Churches met in Turin, Italy, August 21-26, 2016. The meeting included ministers and member commissioners from congregations and 32 ecumenical guests from Europe and from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Leaders and ecumenical representatives spoke Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson was welcomed to Louisville by staff at the Presbyterian Center today with a flourish of bow ties – a signature wardrobe item of Nelson’s – provided to attendees by the Presbyterian Foundation.
What has become an annual ritual for many churches – the “Blessing of the Backpacks” – has taken on special importance at First Presbyterian Church in Findlay, Ohio. This year, the event was integrated into the larger concept of commemorating milestones within the life of the church and its members, with back to school being just one of them.
While it may be true from a Christian perspective that “all lives matter,” says the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Campbell of Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, she points out that from the very beginning of United States history we have violated this standard of belief: that all are created equal.
The Rev. Floyd N. Rhodes (1933-2016), Vice Moderator of the 211th General Assembly (1999), died on Saturday, July 23. He was 83 years old.
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.