J. Herbert Nelson among speakers at two-day race seminar in Philadelphia

Posted March 2, 2015

For two days in mid-February, “Race and Christian Witness” and other race-related topics were discussed in Philadelphia. It offered a chance for people to be involved in conversations centered on racial equality and justice and how those talks need to be started in a church setting. Organized by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in partnership with…

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Hoover finds her passion in Palestine

Posted February 27, 2015

About five years ago, Sandi Hoover was on a sight-seeing trip through the Middle East, making stops in places like Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Israel. The final stop of the tour was in Bethlehem, and while she was taking in the scenery she bumped into a group of students from the city’s local university. As…

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Remembering a helping hand – 30-plus years later

Posted February 24, 2015

It’s been nearly 40 years since “Brian” graduated from college. The education he received has helped pave the way for a successful career in engineering for the man who now lives in Texas. As “Brian” begins to reflect on that profession as retirement looms, the 60-year-old can’t help but think back to his days in…

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Book Review: Englund-Krieger takes look back at influential mission leaders

Posted February 23, 2015

The Rev. Mark Englund-Krieger enjoys writing. He also enjoys research and history, so it’s not a stretch that the executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Carlisle just recently polished off his second book. “The Presbyterian Mission Enterprise: From Heathen to Partner,” which became available on Amazon.com in mid-February for $22.50, traces the history of mission…

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Westminster provides avenue for drive-thru service ashes

Posted February 13, 2015

There are a lot of things you can get conveniently at a drive-thru. Big Macs, banking services and prescriptions are just a few of them. Westminster Presbyterian Church has added to that list. For 90 minutes on the morning of Ash Wednesday, the West Chester congregation offered drive-thru ashes – along with a free cup…

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Wilson College chaplain Magee taking talents to Iona Community

Posted February 12, 2015

Northern Ireland and the Isle of Iona are separated by only 145 miles, as the crow flies. Yet to travel between the two is a journey of about 330 miles and involves going via the mainland of Scotland and two ferry rides. For the Rev. Dr. Rosie Magee, such a circuitous route is familiar. She’s…

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Synod SDOP coming to rescue of WEEE, others

Posted February 10, 2015

Alice Williams is no stranger to “downsizing.” She has been laid off three times during her career and knows the road back to gaining employment can be a tough one. So Williams, as much as anyone, can appreciate the opportunity to land back on one’s feet and get going again. Williams is the founder and…

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Riverlawn PC doing its part to be an Earth Care Congregation

Posted February 4, 2015

When most people plant a garden, they pretty much start and end with what kind of produce they’re looking to grow. If they have a need for potatoes, corn, carrots and green beans, then that’s what they’ll plant. The worshippers at Riverlawn Presbyterian Church in St. Albans, WV, are not your average garden growers. They’re…

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Overbrook houses T-shirt ‘Memorial to the Lost’

Posted January 27, 2015

Last year, 203 people were killed by guns in Philadelphia. To put that number into perspective, the entire country of Japan averages less than 50 gun deaths per year. Places like Germany, Italy and France average less than 150 homicides by guns in a year, and Canada is under 200. On the other hand, the…

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Forum helps educate Williamsport community on racial issues

Posted January 20, 2015

The Rev. Sam Hwang feels strongly that things like racial justice should be part of sermons on a Sunday morning. And in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., the preacher at First Presbyterian Church in Williamsport hasn’t been shy about sharing his feelings on the subject. “It’s on TV all the time. Everyone’s…

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