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Two years ago Presbyterian mission co-workers John and Gwen Haspels were driving down a road in Ethiopia when a man carrying an assault rifle jumped out in front of them. As the couple drove on, the man fired at them, severely injuring both of them. Presbyterians Today recently invited them to reflect on that fateful day and what reconciliation means in the aftermath of such an attack.
Reconciliation among Cubans and Cuban Americans. Hope for reconciliation between the United States and Cuba reached a peak when Barack Obama became the first sitting president in 88 years to visit the island nation. People lined the streets of Havana, chanting for the American president—an act that could have sent them to jail in another era.
The PC(USA) Peace & Global Witness Offering supports Presbyterian reconciliation efforts far and near.
Most Presbyterians believe that discrimination is still a problem for women in the United States, despite anti-discrimination laws and policies. But is this still a problem in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a denomination that has been ordaining women for decades?
Reconciliation is a word frequently invoked but seldom understood. Paul’s words from 2 Corinthians beautifully capture a defining aspect of reconciliation: its cosmic significance. In Christ, “there is a new creation” because “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself” (2 Cor. 5:17–19). Reconciliation is part of who we are as Christ’s church.
Why do we think the Bible is so easy to understand when we so easily misunderstand one another in day-to-day communication?
In the northeast corner of the country, the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse made a dramatic decision. It reduced presbytery staff to just one person and got rid of its office space. Today, Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery has no building. The office is a laptop, and its number rings to a cell phone in Steve Plank’s pocket.
The church is all about unity in our diversity—one network with many different parts.
From Facebook to face-to-face care, passion, rather than programming, is fueling the connections in the Synod of the Northeast.
Stories of churches that connect to serve their communities by Emily Enders Odom | Communications strategist for the Presbyterian Mission Agency Career network: ‘The most meaningful thing I’ve ever done’ From an early age, Bill Linton knew just what he wanted to do. Like a lot of other people growing up in South Carolina… Read more »