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    Mission Agency Board approves plan for Stony Point

    Mission Agency Board approves plan for Stony Point

    by Leslie Scanlon
    LOUISVILLE, KY. — Those involved in discussions over the last two months about the future of Stony Point Center outside New York City voiced realism April 24 about the difficulty of the center’s challenges. They also expressed gratitude they are being given more time to try to make the center’s finances work. The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, meeting in Louisville April 23-25, approved a recommendation April 24 that it establish a series of milestones to move Stony Point on a path of full financial sustainability over a period of three years,… continue reading...
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    Valentine nominated to third term as executive director

    Valentine nominated to third term as executive director

    by Leslie Scanlon
    Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, makes a presentation to the executive committee of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board April 23. Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, has been nominated for a third four-year term as head of the national staff of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, meeting in Louisville, convened in closed session April 23 to consider a performance review of Valentine. Afterwards, it was announced that the board had nominated Valentine to a third term as executive director,… continue reading...
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    Denominational mission budget pared down

    Denominational mission budget pared down

    by Leslie Scanlon
    LOUISVILLE – With fewer resources, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the next two years will be doing fewer things and focusing on tasks with a more significant impact. That’s part of the message from Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, in presenting the PC(USA)’s proposed mission budgets for 2015 and 2016. Although Valentine didn’t refer specifically to programs or jobs being cut, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board is expected to meet in closed session April 24 to discuss the budget proposal – often an indicator that layoffs… continue reading...
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The Outlook’s summary of the 2014 GA in Detroit

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Protestant and Jewish leaders try to mend rift

by Lauren Markoe (RNS) Prominent mainline Protestant and Jewish leaders are trying to revive an interfaith group that dissolved 18 months ago over a letter the Protestants wrote to Congress about Israel. The Christian-Jewish Roundtable was founded about a decade ago to deepen understanding between the two groups, particularly on the topic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, over which Jewish groups and more liberal Protestant churches have frequently disagreed. After a private meeting in New York before Holy Week and Passover, both sides announced they want to work together again. “It was not a ‘kumbaya, everybody loves each other’ meeting,” said Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, where the March 27 meeting was held. But the 15 participants and two facilitators — one a rabbi, the other a minister — showed goodwill, he said. “I don’t want to overstate it, but I’m hopeful,” said Gutow, who convened the meeting with the Rev. Mark … [Read more...]

Statement from the Moderator about the GA221 Middle East Issues Committee

by Toya Richards Jackson LOUISVILLE (PNS) - The Reverend Neal Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), affirmed his moderator and vice moderator choices for the 14 committees of the 221st General Assembly, emphasizing a nonpartisan, objective selection process. His assertion came on the heels of questions regarding leadership choices for the assembly’s Middle East Issues committee. The initial moderator tapped for the position resigned and has since been replaced. Presa said his decision to accept that resignation and select a new committee moderator was not the result of lobbying efforts, and was tied to upholding the assembly principles of fairness and impartiality that undergird the committee process. “These committee moderators and vice moderators have the important task of guiding and facilitating discussions and careful deliberation of the many issues coming to the 221st General Assembly,” he said. More than 70 … [Read more...]

Mission Agency Board approves plan for Stony Point

Kitty and Rick Ufford-Chase, co-executive directors of Stony Point Center outside New York City.

LOUISVILLE, KY. — Those involved in discussions over the last two months about the future of Stony Point Center outside New York City voiced realism April 24 about the difficulty of the center’s challenges. They also expressed gratitude they are being given more time to try to make the center’s finances work. The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, meeting in Louisville April 23-25, approved a recommendation April 24 that it establish a series of milestones to move Stony Point on a path of full financial sustainability over a period of three years, ending on December 31, 2017. Decisions about Stony Point’s future would depend on whether the center’s leadership meets those milestones, which will be spelled out by early June. The possible outcomes range from keeping Stony Point as a mission of the PC(USA) to making it a separate nonprofit corporation to discontinuing the mission and selling or leasing the center’s property. “We’re not ready to pull the plug on this,” said Linda … [Read more...]

Valentine nominated to third term as executive director

Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, makes a presentation to the executive committee of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board April 23.

Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, has been nominated for a third four-year term as head of the national staff of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, meeting in Louisville, convened in closed session April 23 to consider a performance review of Valentine. Afterwards, it was announced that the board had nominated Valentine to a third term as executive director, with that nomination contingent upon approval in June by the 2014 General Assembly. Valentine, a lawyer and a ruling elder, came to work at the PC(USA) in 2006, and previously worked at Motorola from 1984 to 2002 and at Opportunity International, a Christian nonprofit group in Illinois. … [Read more...]

Denominational mission budget pared down

Earline Williams

LOUISVILLE – With fewer resources, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the next two years will be doing fewer things and focusing on tasks with a more significant impact. That’s part of the message from Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, in presenting the PC(USA)’s proposed mission budgets for 2015 and 2016. Although Valentine didn’t refer specifically to programs or jobs being cut, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board is expected to meet in closed session April 24 to discuss the budget proposal – often an indicator that layoffs are impending. The proposal calls for a PC(USA) mission budget of $73.6 million for 2015 and $78.2 million for 2016. That compares with a revised mission budget for 2014 of $79.9 million – pared down more than $2.5 million from the 2014 budget of $82.5 million originally approved. The proposed budget for 2016 is slightly higher than for 2015 in part because it includes about $3.1 million in funding for the Youth … [Read more...]