• Book Reviews 18 hours ago

    Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians

    Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians

    by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky. 223 pages REVIEWED BY LYNNE TAYLOR CLEMENTS Do not read this book … unless you are ready for a challenge and charge. In a compelling narrative that spans the 20th century, Hinson-Hasty introduces the reader to the woman who began the Catholic Worker movement and dedicated her life to ending poverty and working for justice and peace. Hinson-Hasty, professor of theology at Bellarmine University, spent a year studying the life and works of Dorothy Day. Drawing on her exploration into the… continue reading...
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  • Outpost Blog 2 days ago

    Can introverts be missional?

    Can introverts be missional?

    by Rachel Young
    Our congregation has been wrestling with the concept of missionality — that we, as the church, engage with God in God’s mission to redeem and restore our lives and our world. We don’t build God’s Kingdom, but we build for the Kingdom (to borrow from NT Wright). Acts of beauty, social justice, community service, kindness and evangelism are all missional activities. Our congregants are fairly comfortable with community service and showing kindness to strangers, but, like many Presbyterians, they shy away from words like “evangelism.” In fact, when we talk about being missional as… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Features 3 days ago

    Family-sized congregations: Presbyterians in Texas

    Family-sized congregations: Presbyterians in Texas

    Many PC(USA) congregations are considered “family-sized.” According to Alice Mann’s work on congregation sizes, a “family” congregation has up to 50 adults in worship, is organized around matriarchs and/or patriarchs, may have a part-time pastor and operates like an extended family. These churches have the strengths and weaknesses of families. Positively, everyone knows everyone. Negatively, everyone knows everyone else’s business! Family-sized congregations can be resistant to growth because current members treasure the benefits of their smaller size. Pastors in these congregations are not, typically, the most important leader. Leadership is… continue reading...
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Stated Clerk/ Communications Director

As the Presbytery of Tampa Bay embarks on a renewed journey, we need a special and unique person who is able to serve full-time as both a traditional Stated Clerk and also as Communications Director. This person will be significant by providing the glue that holds us together but does not hold us back as we organize in three geographical areas around the core values of being unapologetically Christ-centered, meaningfully connected, relentlessly congregational, and faithfully constitutional. The position is posted on the Church Leadership Connection. Apply before April 15 to: [email protected] Presbytery of Tampa Bay 4704 Kelly Rd Tampa Bay FL 33615-5019 presbyteryoftampabay.com Job Type: full-time … [Read more...]

Winter storms spell catastrophe for New England: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Confronting what one meteorologist has called a “once every 26,000 years” event, New Englanders are reeling from the cumulative effect of multiple winter storms that have dumped more than 100 inches of snow within a 30-day period. And it may not be over. More heavy snow is expected this weekend, making a critical situation even worse. Coupled with frigid temperatures that have not allowed thawing, these storms may have long-term implications for the future survival of Presbyterian congregations in Boston and northern New England.   “We could see churches cease to exist because of these storms. It could result in 20 or more church closings, nearly a third of Presbyterian congregations in the area,” says Cindy Kohlmann, resource presbyter for the Presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England. “These are churches that have vibrant congregations but don’t have the resources to deal financially with the issues brought about by the snow and cold … [Read more...]

When Christ Went to the Temple

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A new hymn for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B, by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.  This hymn is offered free of charge to all friends of the Presbyterian Outlook. Thank you, Carolyn! Carolyn's newest hymn, "When Christ Went to the Temple," is based on Jesus' protest in the Temple. Biblical References: Matthew 21:12–17; Mark 11:15–19; Luke 19:45–48 and John 2:13–16. Tune: Welsh Folk Melody. Evans' Hymnau a Thonau, 1865 as in English Hymnal, 1906. To preview and order other Lenten hymns for Year B, click here. Download the scored music (PDF). Download the lyrics (Word). Carolyn's husband Bruce says: Thirty years ago when I was a student at Princeton Seminary, I did a paper for Professor Bruce Metzger arguing that John 2:15 in the RSV Bible was an inaccurate translation:  "And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables."  Dr. Metzger chaired the … [Read more...]

Louisville Seminary enters new affiliation with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and Christian Theological Seminary recently announced a new affiliation. This relationship will benefit the constituents of all three institutions, who will gain increased access to knowledge about congregations as well as other opportunities to support the congregations they serve. This affiliation involves a governance role, as representatives from the two seminaries will serve on the Center’s board of directors. The new relationship is based on the Center’s role as a supporting organization of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) and Christian Theological Seminary (CTS). According to Tim Shapiro, president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations (ICC), this relationship is unique in that no other seminaries are supported by the Center in such a capacity. ICC, LPTS and CTS engage congregations from many different faith traditions and are committed to … [Read more...]

Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities names new executive director

LOUISVILLE (PNS) The Board of Directors of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities (APCU) has named Jeffrey E. Arnold to be its new executive director effective April 1, 2015. He will succeed Gary Luhr, who is retiring after serving as executive director since October 2002. Arnold most recently served as vice president for business strategy with RuffaloCODY, a provider of technology-enabled fundraising and enrollment management services and software based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The company serves more than 1,500 not-for-profit organizations and institutions of higher education throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK. “Jeff brings a wealth of experience working in the higher education field in important strategic capacities, and the board of APCU is excited about the skill sets he will bring to the role as we re-envision the Association in response to the many challenges our institutions face,” says Dr. Richard H. Dorman, president of … [Read more...]

Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians

Dorothy Day

by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky. 223 pages REVIEWED BY LYNNE TAYLOR CLEMENTS Do not read this book ... unless you are ready for a challenge and charge. In a compelling narrative that spans the 20th century, Hinson-Hasty introduces the reader to the woman who began the Catholic Worker movement and dedicated her life to ending poverty and working for justice and peace. Hinson-Hasty, professor of theology at Bellarmine University, spent a year studying the life and works of Dorothy Day. Drawing on her exploration into the life of Dorothy Day, Hinson-Hasty illustrates how Day answered the call of loving service of one’s neighbor, which is at the heart of the authentic Christian life — a life not defined by church attendance or denominational hierarchy, but in community, radical hospitality and spiritual discipline. Enhanced by anecdotes and stories, Hinson-Hasty brings to life the multi-faceted elements of Day’s character as religious … [Read more...]