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Usually, when you hear about Presbyterian Pan American School on this blog, it is because they are recipients of the Christmas Joy Offering. So when members of the Student Council wanted to host a fundraiser, they decided to raise funds to give back to PC(USA) mission.

Minute for Mission – Mari Duran

Mari Duran is a happy seventh grader who wants to be a judge when she grows up. Right now, however, she is enjoying life as an honor student, a cheerleader, a volleyball player, and a budding actress at the Presbyterian-related Menaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Water protectors at Standing Rock prepare for brutal winter

While the setting sun cast long shadows over the land, residents of the Sacred Stone Camp gathered near a community campfire as volunteers nearby prepared the evening meal. Children and a handful of dogs welcomed the night as if it were day, running and playing, oblivious to the changing weather and the cause that brought so many to the Missouri River in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Racial Ethnic and New Immigrant coaches trained to meet congregations’ culturally specific needs

The day following an unprecedented election of this nation’s 45th president, many were left wondering about the state of cultural diversity and immigrants in the U.S. To help the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) move past cultural differences, 22 coaches from across the country met in Louisville, November 9-11, 2016, for Racial Ethnic & New Immigrant coaches training.

Austin Seminary’s ‘Beyond the Walls’ program breaks down barriers

Melissa Wiginton remembers the first thing she did after being hired by Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. “We had to come up with a title when I started in 2011,” she says. “We wanted to make a statement about the seminary’s commitment to education with people who weren’t going to school here every da

Middle East mission in the 21st century

What will ministry and mission look like in the twenty-first century? Leaders from the Presbyterian Church of Egypt and other Protestant denominations came together to meet with American pastors, professors, synod and presbytery executives, and lay leaders from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania to answer the question.

Two PC(USA) protestors arrested at North Dakota capitol

Following an interfaith solidarity gathering of more than 500 clergy and lay people at the Oceti Sakowin camp on the northern border of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota last Thursday, a group of approximately 70 faith leaders and “water protector” activists traveled to Bismarck to stage a sit in at the Capitol building’s judicial wing.

Presbyterian Center holds prayer vigil in solidarity with Standing Rock protests

While Presbyterians and more than 500 other clergy gathered in North Dakota in support of the Native American water protectors last Thursday, the Presbyterian Center in Louisville was the site of a prayer vigil held at the same time. The short vigil, organized by staff, allowed Presbyterians and others in and around Louisville to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

PC(USA) faith leaders join Standing Rock solidarity gathering

More than 20 representatives from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined a 500-person-strong gathering of clergy and lay leaders at the Oceti Sakowin prayer camp yesterday, adding voices of solidarity to self-described “water protectors” at the site and taking part in a ceremony repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery.