A community garden organizer in Billings, Montana, and a sustainability coordinator and teacher in South Berwick, Maine, were recognized with Eco-Justice awards Saturday during the final day of the Presbyterians for Earth Care hybrid conference.
The Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo, an eco-theologian and Presbyterian pastor who coordinates the Climate Justice and Faith Spanish online program at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, went to two sources — Matthew 20:1-16, the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, and a landmark study using the board game Monopoly — to offer Friday’s sermon during the hybrid Presbyterians for Earth Care conference.
After conference musician Warren Cooper delivered a soothing version of “There’s Just Something About That Name,” those attending the Presbyterians for Earth Care conference heard a sermon Thursday by the Rev. Dr. Diane Givens Moffett, this time drawing on familiar themes from Esther 4:12-14 and 5:1-2.
A federal court ruling last week created more uncertainty for younger migrants protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). It also added urgency to the efforts of immigration relief advocates inside and outside the church.
Presbyterians for Earth Care began its four-day “The Climate Crisis & Empowering Hope” hybrid conference Wednesday with worship, where the Rev. Dr. Diane Givens Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, used Psalm 46:1-7 to preach on “Consider Our Hope.”
Singing “We Will Go Out with Joy,” the 2023 International Peacemakers capped off a worship service that aired Wednesday and served a dual purpose — marking Thursday’s International Day of Peace (one day early) and providing an official send-off for the newcomers who’ll be sharing the triumphs and struggles of their home countries with Presbyterians throughout the country.
“Nourish” and “Encounter,” two halves of the “Along the Road” podcast whole, are back with a second season. Building off last season’s discussions for ruling elders, deacons and other leaders of congregations and mid councils, season two will feature inspiring conversation for anyone in the church seeking to pair tradition with creativity. Becuase 2024 is a General Assembly year, there will be looks up the road to Salt Lake City.
A delegation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is present this week as world leaders, such as U.S. President Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, attend the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
This weekend, South Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York, will celebrate the beginning of the second decade of selling its building and implementing its Acts of Faith community, a throwback to a first-century model of being the church.
Like so many people she knows, Mary Osburn has more than she could ever need or want.