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Raising Arms

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

The raising hands and the lifting of arms is an act of total surrender. It says, "I give up." It communicates, "I have nothing to hide." It means, "Take me as I am." Most often, it's an act of surrender to a power greater than oneself.

7 Reasons Not to Freak Out About Protestant Mainline Decline

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Year-over-year, our loss of Total and Participating Membership sits close to 20 percent, but that our Average Worship Attendance is only a little over 4 percent. That is a shocking loss to absorb in a single year.

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

Presbyterian Church Fights

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

I think we need to accept the fact that we are going to have disagreements, just as the people of Jerusalem did. So, how does Jesus guide us through these church fights? How does he want us to approach the tough issues of marriage and peace in the Middle East?

Evolution and the Presbyterian Church (USA): Not Quite the Relationship It Could Be

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

When people believe that being religious means that some scientific concepts can't be discussed or accepted, damage is done to both religion and science.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterians Make A Move Against Controversial Zionism Booklet

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed a controversial publication from its website that was targeted by prominent Jewish organizations and church ...

Presbyterian Church Crawling Toward Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Many Presbyterians jubilantly proclaimed that the Holy Spirit had unquestionably descended upon the 221st General Assembly when commissioners voted to amend the definition of "marriage" in the Book of Order from a union of "a man and a woman" to a union of "two people."

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church Makes Controversial Move Against Israel

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

The largest U.S. Presbyterian church narrowly voted Friday to divest from three multinational corporations that it said supply Israel with products th...

Why Proposed Presbyterian Divestment From Israel Is Wrong

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

I believe in divestment, where appropriate. Threatening to pull our money out of corporations doing business in certain parts of the world can be a good idea, if done in the right place and for the right reasons. Divestment is a terrible idea for Israel.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church's Next Move Could Be A Tipping Point In The Israeli Divestment Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

When thousands of leaders of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination meet this week for the church's biennial General Assembly, they'll pore th...

Standing on Political and Religious Principle -- That Doesn't Stand on Us

Robert Hall | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Hall

It is high time to stand on the principle of relationship -- loving what unites us more than we hate what divides us.

Silence = Death In The Church

Rev. Mieke Vandersall | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rev. Mieke Vandersall

I want to tell you about a secret that we have had in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for many years. Sadly, it came about because many of us have been only able to speak from a place of silence, from the edges of the story.

Jaweed Kaleem

Catholic And Protestant Churches Come To Major Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion

In a monumental occasion for ecumenical relations, the U.S. Roman Catholic church and a group of Protestant denominations plan to sign a document on T...

The Bible And Our Moral Lives

Greg Carey | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Sometimes, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, biblical interpretation flows easily. But reading the Bible in the search for moral guidance is indeed hard work.

We The People, We The Institution

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

There is a tension in identity between every institution and its community: whether the institution sets itself up as the core of a collective identity, or whether the community shapes the institution's identity as a reflection of its diaspora.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterians Come Out Against Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.06.2012 | Religion

Members of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination on Friday voted against a proposal that would have created a path to same-sex marriage cerem...

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterians Take Controversial Stand On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.06.2012 | Religion

Members of the largest U.S. Presbyterian denomination rejected a controversial proposal Thursday night to divest millions of dollars of investments in...

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterians Gear Up For Gay Marriage, Divestment Debates

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion

When thousands of members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) convene in Pittsburgh this week for their denomination's biennial gathering, they will deba...

Trusting God As Some Leave The Presbyterian Church

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Like most new church planting pastors, when someone chooses to leave, no matter the reason, my heart and soul aches: I question my pastoral abilities, grieve the loss of relationships and always have an urge to do something to get them back.

Creating A New Progressive Ecumenical Church Relationship

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

I simply do not believe that at this point in time the distinctiveness of our different churches is more important than the values and common understandings of Scripture that unite us.

Promoting A Spirit Of Inclusion And Peace

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The challenge for those who have formed the Evangelical Order of Presbyterians, is to find joy in being a fan of Jesus, and to discover peace in the living of a Christ-like life.

Jaweed Kaleem

Major Churches Consider Divesting From Select Businesses In Israel

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion

A major body within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Friday to recommend that the church vote to stop investing in three companies "until they h...

Church Court To Review Rebuke For Performing Gay Marriage

Reuters | Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion

(Adds details from hearing) By Ronnie Cohen SAN ANTONIO, Feb 17 (Reuters) - A lesbian minister rebuked by the U.S. Pres...

My Thoughts On The Fellowship And The Evangelical Covenant Order Of Presbyterians

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.25.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

What will prevent ECO from becoming just another Presbyterian denomination burdened by structure and organization? 

Dear God, I Would Like My Presbyterian Church (USA) Back

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

With recent developments in the PCUSA constitution that now make it possible for openly LGBTQ folks to be ordained into leadership, there has been quite a bit of finger-pointing and blame.