PC(USA) Articles September 14–20, 2016

International Peacemaker hopes to shed new light on Palestine
Areej Masoud inhabits a world full of challenges

Four Presbyterian seminaries among top rated theological institutions
PC(USA) institutions join 31 schools named ‘Seminaries that Change the World’

Lamenting the police killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa
Another unarmed African American man killed

PC(USA) churches invited to become ‘Courageous Congregations’
Speak up about sexual violence during October

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and Environmental Ministries team up for Travel Study Seminar
Guatemala and Costa Rica trip scheduled for January

Presbytery leader training event energizes a larger-than-expected crowd
Leaders from about two dozen presbyteries across the country gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, August 26–27, for the trial run of a new kind of training event.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board concludes its Fall 2016 meeting
San Juan, Puerto Rico announced as tentative spring meeting location

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board approves actions on Ghost Ranch
Transfer of operations to National Ghost Ranch Foundation pending definitive agreements

Ministerial Teams report their work to Presbyterian Mission Agency Board
Newly formed working groups tackle strategic priorities for church

Board of Pensions names Elizabeth M. Little as church consultant
Charlotte based specialist will serve five presbyteries in N.C.

PMAB action on transfer of Ghost Ranch operations expected Friday
National Ghost Ranch Foundation slated to assume day-to-day management

Immigration Legal Assistance Program Turns One-Year-Old
The Hispanic Affairs Project is celebrating its the first anniversary of their Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) certification and program.

J. Herbert Nelson casts a vision for the denomination in sermon to PMAB
Challenges the group to work beyond agencies and silos and be one church committed to transforming lives

PC(USA) Board of Pensions nominates new executive team
New group streamlines decision making, adds expertise

Ted Hickman, Commissioned Ruling Elder and Moderator of New York City Presbytery, dies unexpectedly at age 51
PC(USA) mourns loss of gifted presbyter

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board explores new meeting structure
Focused teams and discussions expected to foster creativity and productivity