News in the PC(USA) May 4-10th

James Hickson Lee dies at age 48
Prophetic pastor and intercultural ministry leader envisioned Christ’s church as new, diverse community

Support grows for national boycott of Wendy’s Restaurants
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) endorses the initiative

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Middle East Issues Committee will consider divestment, two-state solution and child-detention

‘Partners for Just Trade’ organization celebrates tenth anniversary
Non-profit credits Presbyterian Hunger Program for its success

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Immigration and Environmental Issues Committee will mull fossil fuel divestment

Jeanne Bishop wins Presbyterian Writers Guild’s Best First Book Award
Story of woman’s account of redemptive struggle to cope with sister’s murder

Rebuilding in Homs, life slowly returns in Syrian city devastated by civil war
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance visits displaced residents

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Committee on Mid Councils considers eight overtures

Pittsburgh pastor shares passion for the work of mission
Sending, receiving and experiencing the lives of co-workers

Committee receives one challenge to its nominee for PC(USA) Stated Clerk
The Reverend David M. Baker is challenging the nomination of the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson for the office of Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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Committee on Church Polity and Ordered Ministry takes up 14 overtures

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance meets with ecumenical partners in Lebanon
Ongoing civil war in Syria and impact on refugees top agenda

Office of Theology and Worship to host #TheoConvo Twitter chat May 17
Charles Wiley, author of ‘Polity Matters,’ to discuss call to faithfulness in the church

Report submitted to assembly on identity, purpose of PC(USA)
A vibrant family portrait of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has emerged from the recent church-wide conversation on the identity and purpose of the denomination, and God, Christ, love, and the world are among the most prominent subjects.