General Church News


Waiver of 2019 Minutes Reading Requirement

September 2, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Waiver of 2019 Minutes Reading Requirement Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic which has prevented in-person minutes readings and the disparity in access to technology to permit electronic minutes readings, the Ecclesiastical Committee has granted congregations within Pittsburgh Presbytery a …


Guidelines for Returning to Public Worship

August 27, 2020 | Posted in COVID-19 Resources

The PCUSA has published comprehensive practical guidelines for returning to public worship. They include counsel on administering sacraments, sharing Christ’s peace, uses of hymnals and handouts, singing, music, safe distancing, entering and exiting, and much more. As you prepare for …


PNews – 8/27/20

August 27, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News From Pittsburgh Presbytery What’s Your Story? Last year our presbytery voted to enroll as a “Matthew 25 Presbytery,” joining in our denomination’s national Matthew 25 Initiative, encouraging and equipping congregations to: 1. Strengthen congregational vitality, 2. Dismantle structural racism, and …


The Power of Testimony

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

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 27, 2020 I grew up in a church that had Sunday night services, which always included time for sharing personal “testimonies” about what God has …


Awareness and Transformation: Black lives matter, de-funding the police, and all THE things

August 27, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Episode 5: Black lives matter, de-funding the police, and all THE things In a conversation that has been long in coming, Ralph and Brian tackle difficult topics including the biblical concept of social justice as it relates to black lives …


Whom Shall We Fear?

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

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 20, 2020 Stoking fear and resentment is a powerful way to gain a mass following. Some politicians, and even some preachers, traffic in raising anxieties …


PNews – 8/20/20

August 20, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery When Should We Embrace Fear, and When Should We Resist It? Stoking fear and resentment is a powerful way to gain a mass following. But not all fear is bad. We do our children a great …


COVID-19 Financial Assistance Updates

August 19, 2020 | Posted in COVID-19 Resources

As the pool of grants shrinks for financial assistance related to economic hardship caused by COVID-19, it is helpful to know where to look for the assistance that is still available. The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is still offering some …


Awareness and Transformation: What about reverse racism?

August 13, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Episode 4: What about reverse racism?  (August 2020) In conversations about race, it’s not unusual for someone to ask “What about reverse racism?”  They point to affirmative action, “minorities encouraged to apply” statements, and other examples of situations where being …


There Will Be A Day

August 13, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Elder Ralph Lowe Director of Justice Ministries August 13, 2020 A few months ago, I wrote a letter to my white siblings in Christ expressing my exhaustion, outrage, worry, desperation, and hurt as a …