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    Advent: A time for fasting or feasting?

    Advent: A time for fasting or feasting?

    “For nearly one thousand five hundred years Christians have spent the days of Advent not in passive inaction, but in activities strenuous and profitable: they have prepared themselves by scrubbing and cleaning their lives, by examining and repairing their souls – even as people generally prepare themselves body and home to receive a visitor of ineffable importance.” (Walter Wangerin, Preparing for Jesus) In getting ready for an Advent Sunday school class, I encountered this wisdom from Walter Wangerin.  From a young age, I understand Advent to be about waiting and preparation.  But,… continue reading...
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    Community and basketball: Learning to love people where they are (and where God leads)

    Community and basketball: Learning to love people where they are (and where God leads)

    by Erin Dunigan
    Church gatherings have started taking place on Sunday afternoons in the park near the basketball counts. EAST HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.  – Though La Canada and East Hollywood are only 15 miles from each other geographically the two communities are, in many ways, worlds apart. This is what drew Kim Gilmore from La Canada Presbyterian Church, where she grew up, to a gritty East Hollywood neighborhood. That and God’s call, of course. Gilmore moved to East Hollywood in 2009 after graduating from USC and sensing a desire to be involved in her… continue reading...
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  • Advent Outlook Features 1 day ago

    Nothing For Christmas

    Nothing For Christmas

    by J. Barrie Shepherd
    That’s what I’m asking for this year. That’s how I’m responding to my spouse, siblings, kids and grandkids too who, once again, insist upon a list of every single thing I want for Christmas. Don’t you see, it gets to be that, after almost eighty of these weary feasts of dutiful generosity, there’s nothing left to ask for? Haven’t they noticed, no one wears neckties any more, and even in these northern climes – and losing/leaving things behind, as I do more and more – I already own sufficient pairs… continue reading...
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Advent: A time for fasting or feasting?

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“For nearly one thousand five hundred years Christians have spent the days of Advent not in passive inaction, but in activities strenuous and profitable: they have prepared themselves by scrubbing and cleaning their lives, by examining and repairing their souls – even as people generally prepare themselves body and home to receive a visitor of ineffable importance.” (Walter Wangerin, Preparing for Jesus)   In getting ready for an Advent Sunday school class, I encountered this wisdom from Walter Wangerin.  From a young age, I understand Advent to be about waiting and preparation.  But, my childhood perspective on waiting included decorating the house, setting up nativity scenes (sans baby Jesus), reading Christmas picture books, baking Christmas cookies and driving around the neighborhood admiring Christmas lights.  It was a fun kind of preparation that had little to do with self-examination or reflection.  Lent is a time of fasting, but Advent?  Advent is part of the … [Read more...]

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New Zealand Tour For Presbyterians

The tour runs April 19 to May 5, 2015. For details e-mail [email protected] or Telephone 704-537-8747.   … [Read more...]

Pastor/Head of Staff

First Presbyterian Church, York, Pennsylvania is a multi-cultural, vibrant congregation of more than 900. The church is in historic center of the city focused on continued growth in local mission outreach. The congregation seeks an experienced pastor with strong preaching skills, vision, innovative outlook, and administrative abilities. View MIF #11621.AG on the church website at fpcyork.org. Submit PIF through CLC or to [email protected] First Presbyterian Church 225 E. Market St York PA 17403 fpcyork.org Job Type: Full-time   … [Read more...]

Pastor/Head of Staff

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Are you an energetic person who enjoys challenges and is willing to cross roads to test new ideas? Are you a person who is motivated by change? If so then Lenape Valley Church in New Britain, Pennyslvania may be your calling. In 2012 our congregation celebrated our 50th year of founding. We believe the best years are ahead of us but need a change agent to help guide us in living out our new WINning mission: To Welcome, Inspire and Nurture all people into lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. LVC is located in beautiful central Bucks County. Its local school district is ranked among the top five in the Commonwealth. We encourage serious pastoral candidates to give this missional congregation a serious look. View our MIF on our website at lenapevalleychurch.org/pastoral-search. Send résumés to [email protected] Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church 321 W. Butler Ave New Britain PA 189011 lenapevalleychurch.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Columbia Seminary establishes Kathleen O’Connor Lectures

Decatur, GA—Distinguished scholar Dr. Louis Stulman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Findlay, OH will present the first Kathleen O’Connor Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on February 3-4, 2015. Dr. Stuhlman’s lectures will be titled: “The Scandal of the Prophets: Language of Trauma and War” and “Healing the Wounds of the World: The Promise of Prophetic Sign-Acts for Today.” The lectures will be offered free to the public each day on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA. These lectures honor the many contributions of Kathleen M. O’Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, who made to biblical scholarship for the sake of the world. For nearly three decades, first at Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, NY (1982-1994) and then at Columbia (1995-2010), Prof. O’Connor has modeled close reading of the biblical text, rigorous engagement of the text in light of … [Read more...]

PC(USA) Stated Clerk lauds historic action on Cuba

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LOUISVILLE (PNS) Today, after many long years, we welcome the historic steps taken by President Obama on normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba. The humanitarian release of Alan Gross by the Cuban government along with the release of the three Cuban prisoners, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, and Ramón Labañino, by the Obama administration moves the roadblocks that have held back progress in improving relations between our two countries for far too long. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been working for more than 30 years to help ease the hardships caused by the United States’ economic embargo on Cuba and to end the embargo itself. Recently I have been participating in a series of meetings with government officials both in Cuba and in Washington. Along with the Reverend John L. McCullough, president and chief executive officer of Church World Service; and Rabbi Elhanan “Sunny” Schnitzer, executive director of the Cuba-America Jewish Mission; we emphasized the … [Read more...]