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    What sports should — and should not — be about

    What sports should — and should not — be about

    by Leslie Scanlon
    The following is an edited version of a conversation the Outlook’s Leslie Scanlon had with theologian Marcia Mount Shoop, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister and author of “Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports.” Shoop’s husband, John Shoop, is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Purdue University football team. Shoop is the fourth generation in her family to be ordained to the Presbyterian ministry. She earned a doctorate in religious studies from Emory University, and has served the PC(USA) on the Committee… continue reading...
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    News from Presbyterian-related colleges and universities

    News from Presbyterian-related colleges and universities

    AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE, DECATUR, GA. ASC has received a $2 million grant from The Goizueta Foundation for two new programs: the Goizueta Global Leadership Project and the Goizueta STEM Success Initiative. ALMA COLLEGE, ALMA, MICH. Alma has launched a four-year nursing program that will emphasize creative problem-solving and interpersonal skills in addition to nursing fundamentals. ARCADIA UNIVERSITY, GLENSIDE, PA. Arcadia, in cooperation with the Peace Corps, has established the Arcadia University Peace Corps Prep Program, an academic and service initiative designed to build cultural awareness and develop practical skills sought… continue reading...
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    Dwelling in and stumbling through “the middle” (Outlook college partnership essay)

    Dwelling in and stumbling through “the middle” (Outlook college partnership essay)

    OUTLOOK COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP AWARD RUNNER-UP ESSAY BY MCKENNA LEWELLEN I GREW UP IN A CULTURE that placed a premium on intelligence, until it came to church. There, right practices and service rather than intellect were celebrated. The gap between theologians and congregations was too wide to bridge, so without the endorsement of a clergyperson, academics were regarded with a level of suspicion. My childhood church often engaged in service first and study second. I was 15 before I discovered that the New Testament extended beyond gospel accounts. My curiosity was… continue reading...
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What sports should — and should not — be about

Marcia Mount Shoop

The following is an edited version of a conversation the Outlook’s Leslie Scanlon had with theologian Marcia Mount Shoop, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister and author of “Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports.” Shoop’s husband, John Shoop, is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Purdue University football team. Shoop is the fourth generation in her family to be ordained to the Presbyterian ministry. She earned a doctorate in religious studies from Emory University, and has served the PC(USA) on the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly and the Mid Councils Commission. Q: Why did you choose sports and football as a topic? A:   “It’s because of the peculiar position I find myself in in my life – I’m a trained theologian and actually a theologian with a pretty good amount of feminist training also, and I’m married to a professional football coach, one of the most male-dominated and some would say … [Read more...]

On the front lines of the fight against Ebola: Presbyterian Dr. Jim McAuley reports from Sierra Leone

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Presbyterian minister and medical doctor James “Jim” McAuley has been sent by his employer from Zambia to Sierra Leone. Trained as an infectious disease specialist, McAuley is a member of the Presbytery of Chicago, while his family are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston Ill. He wrote to his wife in Zambia: Sierra Leone is not in good shape ― really poor, lots of corruption, no infrastructure. I think things will likely get worse before they get better. People are being told not to touch dead bodies (good idea given that over half of all Ebola cases can be traced to contact with a body), but the government is slow to pick up bodies. The workers briefly went on strike (can you blame them? ― poorly paid and risking their lives). There was a body on the roundabout outside our hotel ― left for several days. Our workers are really working hard, but tempers are flaring. Everyone who gets sick reports to me ― I decide if it can be watched or if it’s … [Read more...]

Condolences offered following Jerusalem killing

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Our thoughts and prayers are with the family whose baby was killed and those whose loved ones were injured when a man slammed his vehicle into pedestrians at a light railway stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday. We mourn over this senseless loss of life and the injuries sustained, and condemn the violent act that also led to the death of the perpetrator. We pray for God’s hand of comfort on all who are grieving, and that the Spirit of peace will fall fresh on the land. The Reverend Gradye Parsons Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) … [Read more...]

‘1001’ grant program is retooled

LOUISVILLE (PNS) The funding arm of the Presbyterian Mission Agencythat helps establish New Worshiping Communities is revising its “1001” grant program to better serve the movement. “We’ve learned so much about the 1001 ministry from our mid-council partners and leaders of these new worshiping communities,” says Mission Program Grants associate Tim McCallister. “We’ve re-designed these 1001 grants to better serve our constituencies.” The New Worshiping Communities “Seed Grant” provides an initial $7,500 to help start a 1001 community. After a year the ministry can apply for an additional $25,000 “Investment Grant.”  18-months later they would have the opportunity to apply for of a $25,000 “Growth Grant” Both the “Investment” and “Growth” grant require dollar matching from a mid-council, congregation or in kind support. All new worshiping community leaders are still eligible to apply for a Health Insurance Grant, worth $1,500 per year — twice renewable. Since the … [Read more...]

News from Presbyterian-related colleges and universities

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AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE, DECATUR, GA. ASC has received a $2 million grant from The Goizueta Foundation for two new programs: the Goizueta Global Leadership Project and the Goizueta STEM Success Initiative. ALMA COLLEGE, ALMA, MICH. Alma has launched a four-year nursing program that will emphasize creative problem-solving and interpersonal skills in addition to nursing fundamentals. ARCADIA UNIVERSITY, GLENSIDE, PA. Arcadia, in cooperation with the Peace Corps, has established the Arcadia University Peace Corps Prep Program, an academic and service initiative designed to build cultural awareness and develop practical skills sought by the Peace Corps and other organizations and employers. AUSTIN COLLEGE, SHERMAN, TEXAS Austin has launched the Austin College Gateways initiative to provide students with preferred access to graduate and professional schools. BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY, JACKSON, MISS. Belhaven offers a new online master of science in leadership degree with a ministry … [Read more...]