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Do We Really Want Gender Equity?

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?

Beginning and Ending in God

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.

Understanding the Bible

Why do we think the Bible is so easy to understand when we so easily misunderstand one another in day-to-day communication?

Presbytery in my pocket

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.

A new way to network?

From Facebook to face-to-face care, passion, rather than programming, is fueling the connections in the Synod of the Northeast.

Partners in Christ’s Service

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 »

Unglued Church: A faithful response to church decline

When Sarah Robbins accepted her first call, at Dormont Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, she knew it would be a challenge. The church had been experiencing declining membership, deteriorating facilities, and dwindling finances. While she hoped that she might bring new life to the congregation, she realized that couldn’t happen unless she talked about death and resurrection.

Working together

Challenges and changes bring innovation By Sue Washburn | Interim editor of Presbyterians Today Presbyterians connect in countless ways. We can upload a YouTube video to a great cloud of witnesses and be affirmed by thousands of little thumbs-up. We can tweet a prayer request, surf the net to find like-minded people, Snapchat a smile or… Read more »

New worshiping communities create webs of relationships

GO FIGURE by Angie Andriot | Research associate with Research Services for the Presbyterian Mission Agency New worshiping communities are all about relationships. A recent study by Research Services found that leaders of new worshiping communities rate building relationships as the most important activity for their community, whereas immigrant fellowships, traditional new church developments, and traditional… Read more »