Special Offerings

Give me Liberty or give me debt

Dick Liberty wanted to teach voice at the college level. He was working on a master’s degree in vocal performance at Temple University, but he needed a job to pay tuition. An employment agency tested him, found he had an aptitude for math, and sent him to accounts receivable at the Board of Pensions.

Special Offerings relaunches website

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Special Offerings ministry launched a redesigned website Friday, (specialofferings.pcusa.org) giving church leaders and users a more intuitive and robust presence to interact with the Special Offerings staff and access to the many resources available to congregations wishing to participate in the Church’s four Special Offerings. The ministry built the new site as a response to feedback its staff has received from church leaders and individuals over the past several years.

For one youth, messages have lasting value

In an age when fleeting social media messages saturate the lives of teens, Kylie Carlson treasures the lasting impact of some powerful words scrawled on tiny slips of paper.

Presbyterians’ presence felt in famine-stricken countries

It’s considered the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet today. In 2018, the United Nations estimated that 14 million people in Yemen were on the brink of starvation. UNICEF estimates that 1.8 million Yemeni children suffer from acute malnutrition.  Thirty thousand die each year. Earlier this year, the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) responded to the crisis with funding geared toward providing long-term solutions to hunger and poverty in the mostly Islamic nation. PC(USA)’s Special Offerings ministry asked Presbyterians to help Yemen and three more famine-stricken countries, and they’ve answered the call by donating more than $150,000 to date. 

Surprised by the Spirit in New Orleans

While serving as a Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer (YAV), Cherokee Adams learned about the heavy toll that human trafficking exacts from women caught in its clutches.