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Disagreements in a Time of Crisis

April 2, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister April 2, 2020   Helping congregations handle internal disagreements graciously is one of the most critical tasks of church leadership. Faced with disagreements about which foods are …


With Measured Steps

March 26, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister March 26, 2020   The Board of Pensions’ CREDO program gathers pastors for intensive eight-day seminars during which the thirty participants are led in a comprehensive, granular examination of …


A Message from Brian Wallace, Associate Minister

March 19, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Prudence or Panic?

March 12, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister March 12, 2020   Last week’s letter addressed the growing impact of the coronavirus epidemic on church gatherings. Registration for June’s General Assembly (GA) was supposed to open …


Congregational Health and Physical Contact

March 5, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister March 5, 2020 We are in a series looking at markers of congregational health, something we ordinarily term “congregational vitality.” Many measures of health can be adduced …


Vital Ministry

February 27, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister February 27, 2020   Vitality – it’s something we all want for our own selves, for those we love, for work about which we care, and for institutions …


Hope That Never Disappoints

February 20, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister February 20, 2020   In his litany of the good fruit Christ bears in us, Paul says that Jesus gives us hope that “does not disappoint us.” …


The Memorial Mandate

February 13, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister February 13, 2020 In Hebrew Scriptures, God’s people are commanded to erect memorials to help them remember God’s saving acts in very specific times and places. One …


Of Councils, Emperors, and Powers

February 6, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister February 6, 2020   As I write, we still await the final Senate vote on whether President Trump shall be removed from office in response to the …


Wisdom Amid Acrimony

January 30, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister January 30, 2020   During last week’s Senate trial, Chief Justice John Roberts reprimanded Democrat accusers and Republican defenders of President Trump by asking them to remember …