Toiling in the spotlight of public ministry

by Mike Ferguson
4/4/2022

[caption id="attachment_13086" align="alignright" width="288"] Dr. Sarah Bereza[/caption] One week after Westminster John Knox Press published her first book, Dr. Sarah Bereza elected to start her online book tour Wednesday as the guest of the Presbyterian Foundation’s the Rev. Dr. Lee...

Planned gifts of any size honor God

by Nancy Crowe
3/31/2022

A conversation about planned giving doesn’t have to be about death. “It’s about providing ministry into the future,” said Olanda Carr, Senior Ministry Officer of the East Region for the Presbyterian Foundation. Carr and Rev. Dr. Brandi Casto-Waters of Reid...

Create an effective planned giving program at your church

by Nancy Crowe
3/31/2022

A planned giving program can range from basic conversation starters to advanced policies and procedures. Choosing the right-sized approach for your congregation can make the difference between a program that succeeds and one that stalls, said Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations...

A nation of shut-ins

by Mike Ferguson
3/17/2022

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor (Photo by Melissa Golden) Until the pandemic, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor spent a lot of her time meeting deadlines, paying careful attention to a full calendar and making sure to get to...

The Rev. Dr. John Burgess of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary explains the religious dimensions to the crisis in Ukraine

by Mike Ferguson
3/8/2022

The Rev. Dr. John Burgess teaches systematic theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The Rev. Dr. John Burgess has never lived in Ukraine. But over the years he and his family have enjoyed three extended stays in Russia, the final time...

Using a blacklight to point out and clean up our messes

by Mike Ferguson
3/3/2022

The Rev. Melanie C. Jones Multiple pandemics over the last two years, including COVID-19 and efforts to bring about racial justice in U.S. communities — even among communities of faith — have benefitted from a blacklight that highlights and helps...

Wilmore, Yamada to receive Theological Education Awards

by Robyn Davis Sekula
3/2/2022

Rev. Dr. Gayraud S. Wilmore and Rev. Dr. Frank Yamada will receive Excellence in Theological Education awards at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 225th General Assembly this summer. Rev. Dr. Gayraud Wilmore, who died at 98 in 2020, served in both...

Praying for Ukraine

by Tom Taylor
2/28/2022

It was just a few years ago that I was in the small town of Bila Tserkva, Ukraine meeting with Nita Hansen to see the mighty work that she started that assists disabled and forgotten orphans and the elderly. Her...

Fulfilling Pittsburgh’s Promise

by Mike Ferguson
2/17/2022

The Rev. Saleem Ghubril The numbers put up by The Pittsburgh Promise over the last 13 years are astounding: to date, the organization has funded higher education for 10,635 students, helping them attend 142 institutions by raising more than $160...

Telling Your Stewardship Story requires a shift from money to mission

by Erin Dunigan
2/15/2022

Rev. Dr. Rose Niles considers it a delight to be able to restore a sense of joy and hope to the conversations congregations are having about stewardship. In the first of a four-part webinar for the Synod of the Northeast,...