• Outlook Features 22 hours ago

    Living soil

    Living soil

    by Jacob Bolton I was learning about compost. I’d never composted before, but a member of the church I serve informed me that it was simple and that we should start a composting program at the church. I took him to coffee and he shared with me how easy it was to construct a compost bin. He talked about his own family’s composting experiences. He informed me how once the right microbes are placed in the right environment, they can take almost any kitchen scrap and turn them into the… continue reading...
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  • Outpost Blog 22 hours ago

    Canceling VBS

    Canceling VBS

    by Caitlin Deyerle
    I would love this to be one of those articles whose title is a misnomer – an article that claims it is about canceling Vacation Bible School but is really about the amazing new innovative program that a church chose to do in place of Vacation Bible School — but it is not. Maybe next summer I will be able to write the article about the amazing, new, innovative creation we have replaced VBS with, but we are not there yet. This summer is the summer that we really did… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Features 2 days ago

    Fertile soil, faithful hands

    Fertile soil, faithful hands

    by Rick Morris Early in the morning last December I awoke to a call from my classmate Kiko. A fox had gotten into the hen house. Literally. We tromped through the field with our shovels and boots to the garden where we first became friends and where work now brought us together. We re-dug the fence, hoping our work would avert another attack on the chickens. When we returned to my apartment for a hard-earned breakfast, we talked about the connection between our food and faith, our work in the… continue reading...
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Jason Brian Santos to head PC(USA)’s collegiate ministries

Jason Brian Santos, new associate for collegiate ministries —PNS file photo

LOUISVILLE (PNS) The Rev. Jason Brian Santos has been named the new associate for collegiate ministries for the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) of the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.). In his new role, Santos will work closely UKirk, the church’s network of collegiate ministries. In announcing the Santos hiring, PMA Evangelism Coordinator Ray Jones said he was excited for a number of reasons.  “Jason was hired through a committee that represented a range of collegiate ministry professionals,” said Jones.  “All of them felt he had a good sense of how to equip and nurture them in their work.” Jones added: “Plus he has such a heart for the spiritual experience and journey of college-aged young adults.” Santos, who just completed a Ph.D. in practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was named a Timothy Scholar for the research and study of youth and young adult spirituality. Most recently, Santos served as the associate pastor to families, young adults, … [Read more...]

US Muslims ask John Kerry for protection on Mecca pilgrimage

(RNS) Concerned for the safety of U.S. citizens soon headed to Mecca, 27 Muslim-American groups are asking the State Department to better protect them from violence that has plagued those who have made the pilgrimage in the past. A letter from the group sent Tuesday (Aug. 26) to Secretary of State John Kerry was prompted in part by a 2013 incident in which a group of Sunni Muslims from Australia threatened to kill and rape a group of Shiites from Michigan. The letter reads: “We urge you to take immediate action to protect American citizens who travel overseas to perform one of the five mandatory acts of their faith and ensure that Saudi Arabia addresses this urgent security matter in preparation for the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage.” The pilgrimage to Islam’s most sacred place is required of all Muslims who are physically and financially able to make the journey to Mecca. The hajj takes place during the 12th month of the Islamic year and typically attracts 2 million or more … [Read more...]

Living soil

Rev. Jacob Bolton Headshot

by Jacob Bolton I was learning about compost. I’d never composted before, but a member of the church I serve informed me that it was simple and that we should start a composting program at the church. I took him to coffee and he shared with me how easy it was to construct a compost bin. He talked about his own family’s composting experiences. He informed me how once the right microbes are placed in the right environment, they can take almost any kitchen scrap and turn them into the most amazing compost, which we could then use in the church flower gardens. “These microbes,” he said as he looked up from his coffee and smiled, “well, it’s like the soil is alive.” Living soil isn’t a phrase thrown around in the church that often. The much more common concept is that of the “living waters.” These living waters, whether the waters of creation, the waters of baptism or the “living water” inside each of us all babble around the concept of ways the Holy Spirit has made itself manifest to … [Read more...]

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Canceling VBS

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I would love this to be one of those articles whose title is a misnomer – an article that claims it is about canceling Vacation Bible School but is really about the amazing new innovative program that a church chose to do in place of Vacation Bible School — but it is not. Maybe next summer I will be able to write the article about the amazing, new, innovative creation we have replaced VBS with, but we are not there yet. This summer is the summer that we really did have to cancel VBS. After months of watching my friends post beautiful pictures of their churches all decorated for creative play and learning, it was finally our turn — we made flyers and sent out postcards, we lined up volunteers and purchased curriculum, we made calls and crafted decorations. There was just one problem… no one signed up. Yes, that’s right. Fewer than 10 kids signed up to come to our church’s Vacation Bible School. I know some of you, many of you, live and move and have your being in churches where … [Read more...]

Presbyterian Outlook Editor (also CEO/Publisher)

Full time position.  To apply, please send your cover letter and résumé to Christopher Edmonston, chair of the Board of Directors for the Presbyterian Outlook Foundation,  c/o Rebecca Turner at [email protected]  Write "Outlook Editor Search" in the subject line of your email.    Major Skills Writer Theologian Ecclesiastical leader Entrepreneurial business developer Business manager Staff manager Computer skills in word processing and financial statements Networker, highly engaged in relationships with leading thinkers and influencers in the church Definition and Nature of the Work Editor functions Provides the “face” for the Outlook Writes editorial for all editions of the magazine (26 per year). Writes news and feature stories on occasion. Formulates primary themes of issues, assigns national reporter to write on related subject and secures the services of other writers to cover the subject. Formulates and manages the “Storylist” for … [Read more...]

WCC commission leadership selected

GENEVA - At the Central Committee meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC), leadership of the Council’s consultative bodies was announced. These bodies will steer through the work of the WCC in accomplishing the call from its 10th Assembly to engage in a “pilgrimage of justice and peace.” The WCC assembly was held in Busan, Republic of Korea, in the fall of 2013. The Rev. Susan Durber from the United Reformed Church in United Kingdom is among the leaders of the WCC’s consultative bodies. She will serve as moderator of the WCC’s Commission on Faith and Order. The Rev. Mvume Dandala of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa will serve as moderator of the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, while Rudolf Eduard von Sinner of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB) will lead the Commission on Ecumenical Formation as its moderator. The WCC’s Echos Commission -- on youth in the ecumenical movement -- will be moderated by … [Read more...]