PC(USA) News for June 1–7, 2016

Guidebook app lets users navigate GA with the click of the finger
One-stop shopping best describes the 2016 Guidebook app for the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which kicks off June 18 in Portland, Oregon.

Presbyterians to commemorate World Refugee Day at Portland General Assembly
Organizers say this year has special significance

New Book Asks Pastors to Rethink Their Role in Weddings
Kimberly Bracken Long offers foundational understanding of marriage for today’s church

PC(USA) mourns the loss of pastor, justice advocate Kelly Allen
The immigration and refugee advocacy community has lost a co-laborer in the field with the untimely death of the Reverend Kelly S. Allen on June 5.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium speaker highlight: Perryn Rice
Inspired 30 years ago at PYT, pastor returns to encourage attendees to ‘Go Into the World’

Hunger Action Advocate finds challenges and rewards in Oregon and beyond
Don Shaw sees hunger work filter into all ministries

New worshiping community pastor receives seminary debt assistance
A thankful Dana Vaughn encourages others to apply for PC(USA) loan forgiveness

Presbyterian Youth Triennium speaker spotlight: Alice Ridgill
Pastor and teacher to deliver message on ‘Teach Me the Way I Should Go’

PC(USA) General Assembly Committee 11 Preview
Social Justice Issues Committee to confront wide range of recommendations, including changes to the future of social witness policy proposals

New worshiping community started by dwindling New York congregation creates hope
Neighborhood Esperanza brings together rich and poor in Manhattan neighborhood

As frustration mounts in Flint water crisis, Presbyterians respond
Residents have ‘a feeling that things were intentional, that we were lied to’

Kathy Lancaster, renowned advocate for social justice and peacemaking, dies at age 80
The Rev. Kathy Lancaster, (1935-2016), a teaching elder member of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery and a tireless advocate for social justice, died on Saturday, May 28, of complications from Parkinson’s disease.