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United Church of Canada shares a new vision of mission

On Nov. 1, the Rev. Michael Blair will assume the role of general secretary of the United Church of Canada (UCC), a PC(USA) ecumenical partner. Despite an increasingly busy schedule, he took time to meet with Presbyterian World Mission’s regional liaisons from across the world by Zoom last week to talk about the UCC’s new vision of mission, as World Mission reimagines its work in light of new contextual realities.

Forgiving debts and spreading the Good News

In a year like no other, five faith communities in southeastern Minnesota have worked together to clear more than $2 million in medical debt for 1,057 households in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Seeking justice in the death of George Floyd by honoring his life

Before some 60,000 supporters met together at Houston’s Discovery Green park to join the family of George Floyd in a peaceful march to City Hall this week, about 200 clergy from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds gathered in the ballroom of a nearby hotel to pray.

New book combats misunderstanding of Islam in America

From the Iranian Revolution to the attacks on September 11, 2001, questions and fears about Islam have proliferated American Christian life for decades. Yet more recently, the tangle of Christian-Muslim relations has become more complicated, with those in power mainstreaming Islamophobia as a path to political and societal power.

Forty days of Lenten prayer

The Rev. Duke Dixon, pastor of Presbyterian Church of Easton in Easton, Md., part of New Castle Presbytery, returned from a sabbatical last summer feeling his congregation needed to pray — really pray — for its community.

Building interfaith understanding in Cuba

Gita, a toddler, sits on her mother’s lap, her head lying on the table in front of them so quietly she might be napping. It is as if she is willing her mother, Hiromis, to concentrate on her studies in the Superior Ecumenical Institute of Religious Sciences (ISECRE), a weekly interfaith academic program of the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Theological Seminary (SET) in nearby Matanzas.

A night of ‘trepidation and enlightenment’

The director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness recently found out what life is like behind bars. The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, along with other clergy, was arrested earlier this month while praying outside the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. 

Faith leaders speak out against Supreme Court decision on travel ban

Calling it a ‘stain on our country’s moral conscience,’ faith leaders are speaking out on the Supreme Court decision upholding President Donald Trump’s travel limit into the U.S from several countries. The ruling restricts entry for travelers coming from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea as well as some travelers from Venezuela.