It is that time again to order your copy of the Book of Order. If your church would like to order one or more copies of the 2013-2015 Book of Order please complete the attached order form. The presbytery office will be taking orders until June 1st. Please note that the official printed copies of the next Book of Order will not be available until July. If you do not want a printed copy of the Book of Order you can also download an electronic version for free from the PCUSA store. Remember June 1st is the deadline to order.
The members of the Iona Community commit to a fivefold rule of life: 1) daily prayer and Bible-reading; those of us who consider ourselves to be faithful probably have a difficult time living up to this standard; 2) sharing and accounting for the use of money; it appears to me that we are more willing to talk about things of a sexual nature than being accountable to others about the way we use money; Continue reading
Pew Research Center – June 2010
Out of 32 questions on religion these are the responses by correct answers?
- Atheists/Agnostics 20.9
- Jewish 20.5
- Mormon 20.3
- White Evangelical 17.6
- White Catholic 16.0
- White Mainline 15.8
- Nothing in particular 15.2
- Black Protestant 13.4
- Hispanic Catholic 11.6
If this doesn’t spur us to action I don’t know what will. Continue reading
Alternative to Debate
The form of mutual invitation I like best is a two-part event. First, the topic is introduced through communicating pertinent information that everyone present might need to know in order to speak intelligibly on the subject. After the initial presentation, another group member is then invited to speak; they then invite another member of the group to do the same until all have had a chance to speak. At this point, I recommend a period of silence, concluding with a prayer before entering into another round of reflection. Landon Whitsitt
As opposed to systematic theology and practical theology.
Systematic theology establishes a systematic set of beliefs about God. In the Information Age this grew to great heights. COM’s ask candidates which theologian they study or espouse. Preachers are taught to teach the laity the right theology as though one theologian or theology can truly capture all there is to know about God.