A design on ministry

by Mike Ferguson
5/18/2020

Asked what’s made her come alive during the pandemic and the Rev. Emily McGinley doesn’t hesitate. “It’s the creative opportunities that are part of this moment in ministry,” said the executive pastor at Urban Village Church, an inclusive community with...

Acquiring pastoral skills at age 13

by Mike Ferguson
5/11/2020

The Rev. Dr. Trace Haythorn, now the CEO and executive director of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, learned his first pastoral care skills at the tender age of 13 after his friend died of leukemia. “I started asking questions...

Jarvie Program hires new chaplain

by Presbyterian Foundation
5/5/2020

Rev. Shelley S. Gardner joined the Jarvie program as a full-time chaplain on May 1. She previously served in this role as a consultant since summer 2019. [caption id="attachment_9427" align="alignleft" width="225"] Rev. Shelley Gardner[/caption] Well acquainted with the Jarvie catchment...

Leadership in a pandemic: time for the church to shine

by Sally Scherer
5/1/2020

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Bullock believes that moments like this - when a worldwide pandemic is spreading and some people are losing their jobs, their hope and possibly their lives - are designed for the church. [caption id="attachment_9382" align="alignleft" width="133"] Rev....

Building community one cup of coffee at a time

by Rebecca Mallozzi
4/28/2020

When members of the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley wondered how to transform an underused space in their building, they knew they wanted a missional space to encourage community. Bridget Satchwell, former director of the church’s mission ministry and a...

Spirituality in a pandemic: Teaching Zoom while changing focus

by Sally Scherer
4/27/2020

When the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann and Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri became co-moderators of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), they never imagined they’d be teaching others to use Zoom. They were elected to, "embody a spirit of...

Scripture in a time of pandemic: Where to find hope

by Sally Scherer
4/21/2020

Editor’s note: Join Lee Hinson-Hasty on Facebook on Wednesday, April 22, for a conversation with Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and Cindy Kohlmann, co-moderators of the 223rd General Assembly. You can watch last week’s conversation with Rev. Dr. Brian Blount here. When asked...

Forman continues to offer education in Pakistan amid pandemic

by Robyn Davis Sekula
4/20/2020

Though in-person classes are suspended at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan, faculty are doing all they can to ensure the university’s more than 5,000 students are still receiving an education. After two weeks of re-writing course objectives and outlines,...

Share your CARES money (if you can)

by Robert Hay
4/15/2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is giving most Americans a stimulus check that the U.S. Treasury says should be directly deposited in many bank accounts today (April 15). As this money...

Presbyterian co-pastors ‘fill the church’ with members’ photographs during broadcast services

by Gregg Brekke
4/6/2020

There’s no need to have an empty church on Sunday mornings, even in the midst of Coronavirus social distancing directives. Co-pastors Tami Seidel and Chip Low of First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown (New York) aren’t encouraging disobedience to stay-at-home orders....