General Church News


Justice Delayed

January 23, 2020 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister January 23, 2020 In his Letter From A Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr. cites a legal maxim to his clergy colleagues who claim to be in …


Naming the Elephant

January 16, 2020 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister January 16, 2020 When I was interviewing for their pastoral vacancy, the congregation’s search committee told me that the church needed its next pastor to lead them …


Persistence and Adaptability

January 9, 2020 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister January 9, 2020   Jesus prizes persistence. He teaches that persistence has more to do with salvation than great faith and power. (Matthew 10:22) Persistence is never …


A Holy Night, A Holy Place

December 19, 2019 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister December 19, 2020 Much is made of the inhospitable “no room” response Mary and Joseph encountered as they sought accommodations in Bethlehem. Yet there was a place for them, …


Hopes and Fears

December 12, 2019 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister December 12, 2019   The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight. (Phillips Brooks, 1868) These familiar words from verse one of “O …


The One Who Comes to Stay

December 5, 2019 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister December 5, 2019   Today our presbytery gathers for its final meeting of 2019. My but how our years together have flown by! At our 2009 December …


The Gift of Thanks

November 28, 2019 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister November 28, 2019   The Greek word for “thanks” is eucharisto, which we transliterate “Eucharist.” Receiving the gifts of Christ’s body and blood both expresses and elicits …


You Can’t Go Home Again – Or Can You?

November 21, 2019 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister November 21, 2019   Thomas Wolfe’s final novel, published posthumously, is entitled You Can’t Go Home Again. It explores the disconnect and rejection the protagonist feels from his …


Spiritual but Not Religious

November 14, 2019 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister November 14, 2019 Last week I was privileged to spend some Continuing Education time, together with Tammy, learning about the rapid rise in our culture of those …


With All the Saints

November 7, 2019 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister November 7, 2019 Last weekend the Presbyterian Association of Musicians hosted a workshop on the newly revised Book of Common Worship, led by its editor, David Gambrell. …