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As we prepare to celebrate the Passion of Jesus Christ during Holy Week, this note is to invite you to join us on Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 1:15 PM on the steps of East Liberty Church for a 30-minute Prayer Vigil and Press Conference. We want to speak out strongly in support of voting rights that are threatened by measures in our state and around the country that will make it difficult or even impossible for many people to vote on account of their race, or where they live, or their party affiliation.

PNews 9/29/22

September 29, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

One O’er All the Earth The church has been prone to schism from day one, something Paul fought against valiantly in his letters to first-generation churches. If nothing else, World Communion Sunday reminds us at least once a year that …


One O’er All the Earth

September 29, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 29, 2022 “One O’er All the Earth”  Really? We confess in our creed that the church of Jesus is “one” and “catholic.” We lift our …


Homecoming

September 22, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 22, 2022 Homecoming* We are entering a season of “Homecoming” – a rich tradition when schools and churches welcome back those who have been away …


PNews 9/22/22

September 22, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Homecoming We are entering a season of “Homecoming” – a rich tradition when schools and churches welcome back those who have been away from one another. Today our presbytery is gathering at Crestfield Camp and Conference Center. We will celebrate Holy …


PNews 9/15/22

September 15, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

In Praise of Restraint Queen Elizabeth demonstrated the grace of remaining influential by practicing restraint in her declarations. She knew that if she was to be everyone’s Queen, she could not side with one party against another. For most leaders …


In Praise of Restraint

September 15, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 15, 2022 In Praise of Restraint  At the beginning of a letter in which he has plenty to say, James famously counsels us, “Let everyone …


On Making Rules

September 8, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 8, 2022 On Making Rules Mike Krzyzewski, the renowned former basketball coach at Duke University, was asked how he went about making rules for his …


PNews 9/8/22

September 8, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

On Making Rules Consistency, accountability, and transparency matter. And rules help us maintain those important commitments. But we must beware the proliferation of rules that insulate us from making difficult decisions. How will we choose – to live by exercising …


Measuring Church Vitality

September 1, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 1, 2022 Measuring Church Vitality Presbyterians love to document things. The meeting records of the Consistory (the church’s regional governing council) in Geneva during the …


PNews 8/25/22

August 25, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Refuge In this week’s Presbytery News “article”, Associate Minister Brian Wallace talks about the church as a place of refuge for its people and the community at large. Oh, and gets on his usual soapbox for a little while. read …