• Outlook Features 23 hours ago

    The Bible and the liberal arts

    The Bible and the liberal arts

    by Davina C. Lopez and Todd Penner Since 2012, a select group of chaplains and Bible professors at Presbyterian-related colleges has explored the relationship of the Bible and the liberal arts across vocational and institutional locations. These discussions have focused on values identification, critical thinking and civic engagement. The project originated in conversations among the two of us and Doug McMahon, director of the Center for Spiritual Life and chaplain at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Center’s program, “Faculty Fellows,” draws on faculty members from across the disciplines… continue reading...
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  • Movie Reviews 2 days ago

    Film in review – “The Book of Life”

    Film in review – “The Book of Life”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    All Saints Day, in the Catholic tradition, is when those who are officially declared “saints” by a sitting pope are all honored at once. It’s a traditional “holy day of obligation,” meaning the faithful believers are supposed to attend Mass that day (November 1st). Not surprisingly, it also became a day when people remembered their loved ones who have departed, though it’s unlikely that Rome officially declared them as “saints.” Also not surprisingly, there quickly arose a counter-tradition on October 31st, or All Hallowed Eve, shortened to Halloween, when the… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Reporting 3 days ago

    Three Presbyterians arrested in Ferguson for civil disobedience

    Three Presbyterians arrested in Ferguson for civil disobedience

    by Leslie Scanlon
    Three Presbyterians arrested as part of civil disobedience this week in Ferguson, Missouri, say they stepped forward because of systemic racial injustice against people of color – and their belief that people of faith need to stand alongside the young blacks who have been protesting for more than two months now in Ferguson. Shannon Craigo-Snell (left) of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and another protester in the back of a police van following their arrest. (Photo provided by Craigo-Snell) “There is a new generation of leadership arising on the streets of… continue reading...
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7 lessons from the Vatican’s wild and crazy Synod on the Family

(RNS) Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up their two-week Vatican summit on the challenges of modern family life on Sunday (Oct. 19) without reaching a consensus on a number of hot-button topics. So where does that leave Francis’ papacy? And the church? Here are seven takeaways: 1. Hard-liners won the battle A midpoint status report on the debate among some 190 cardinals and bishops was described as a “pastoral earthquake” because of its unprecedented (for Catholic churchmen) language of welcome of and appreciation for gay people, as well as divorced-and-remarried Catholics and cohabiting couples. The media tsunami over that apparent breakthrough panicked conservatives, who waged an intense public and private campaign to make sure none of that language — apparently favored by Francis himself — made it into the synod’s final report. They succeeded, and even the few watered-down paragraphs on gays and remarried Catholics did not reach the two-thirds threshold … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox launch rebuilding of St. Nicholas, the only church destroyed on 9/11

NEW YORK (RNS) Leaders of a Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center broke ground on a new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that will overlook the 9/11 memorial. The new domed building is scheduled to open in 2016, the same year as the church’s 100th anniversary. The church has raised $7 million of about $38 million needed. Plans to rebuild the church were stalled by a dispute with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is in charge of overall rebuilding efforts at Ground Zero. Under a 2011 agreement brokered by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the church agreed to drop its lawsuit in return for building at a larger site. On Saturday (Oct. 18), government and church leaders joined on a concrete platform surrounded by steel foundation beams and orange construction netting to break ground for the church, designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Patrick J. Foye, executive director of the Port … [Read more...]

Presbyterian ‘kirks’ everywhere are called to celebrate John Knox’s legacy on 500th birthday of Scottish reformer

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Kirk in the Hills. Kirk of Kildaire. What’s in a name? Plenty, it would seem, for Presbyterians. “Although the names of these churches — and the familiar strains of bagpipes — are reminders of the key role Scottish Presbyterianism has played in shaping the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),” said the Rev. Barry Ensign-George, associate for theology in the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s office of Theology and Worship, “central to Scottish Presbyterianism is John Knox, the fiery Reformation-era leader of the Protestant church in Scotland.” Because 2014 marks the 500th anniversary of Knox’s birth, the 221st General Assembly (2014) designated October as the John Knox memorial month, encouraging all PC(USA) congregations to celebrate the faithful witness of John Knox on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 26. Reformation Sunday is traditionally observed on the Sunday before Reformation Day, Oct. 31, when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in … [Read more...]

October 27, 2014 : Digital issue for subscribers

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The digital issue of the Presbyterian Outlook’s October 27,  2014 issue is now available!  It is viewable on almost all computers, tablets, and smartphones. Click here to view the digital issue. PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY BOARD LAUNCHES WITH OPTIMISM New PMA Board members face old challenges with a fresh sense of hopefulness. MISSION BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS Although new draws on financial reserves were authorized, projections indicate that additional draws have to stop by 2017. WHAT MAKES A GOVERNING BOARD GOOD? PMA Board members ponder: “What makes for an effective board?”   … [Read more...]

Hymns for Advent Year B

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

The Presbyterian Outlook commissioned Presbyterian hymn writer, Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to compose Advent hymns set to familiar Christmas tunes. After purchase, you will be emailed the master PDF with musical score and can print as many copies as you need.   First Sunday of Advent B – November 30 “Open Wide Your Heavens!” Preview hymn text CRANHAM Irregular (“In the Bleak Midwinter”) Biblical Reference:  Isaiah 64:1-9 “God, You Alone Know What You've Planned” CAROL (8.6.8.6 D) (“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”) Biblical Reference:  Mark 13:24-37 Click here to purchase Second Sunday of Advent B – December 7 “O God, We Hear Your Word of Grace” Preview hymn text  CAROL CMD (“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”) Biblical Reference:  Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 “When John the Baptist Preached” VENITE ADOREMUS 10.10.10.10. with refrain (“The Snow Lay on the Ground”) Biblical Reference:  Mark 1:1-8 Click here to purchase Third Sunday of Advent B – December … [Read more...]

The Bible and the liberal arts

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by Davina C. Lopez and Todd Penner Since 2012, a select group of chaplains and Bible professors at Presbyterian-related colleges has explored the relationship of the Bible and the liberal arts across vocational and institutional locations. These discussions have focused on values identification, critical thinking and civic engagement. The project originated in conversations among the two of us and Doug McMahon, director of the Center for Spiritual Life and chaplain at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Center’s program, “Faculty Fellows,” draws on faculty members from across the disciplines who engage students in conversations related to the intersection of academics and questions of meaning, purpose and spirituality — the so-called “big questions” that are highly relevant to undergraduate students. We thought this model would be ideal for a larger project that could draw the interest of other liberal arts colleges. We also thought that both biblical scholars and … [Read more...]