Regional & National


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 …


Sanctuary

August 18, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 18, 2022 Sanctuary “Praise God in his sanctuary!” the psalmist cries out. A sanctuary is literally a place set apart. It is a place of …


PNews 8/18/22

August 18, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Sanctuary A sanctuary is literally a place set apart. It is a place of safety from external intrusion and malevolence. Last week, Chautauqua’s cherished identity as a place of sanctuary was brutally shattered when celebrated author Salman Rushdie was assaulted …


PNews 8/11/22

August 11, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

The Things We Do for Love When he commanded his disciples to love one another in the same way he loved them, it was just after he had washed the feet and shared the bread and cup with Judas. It’s …


The Things We Do for Love

August 11, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 11, 2022 The Things We Do for Love  Last week’s letter, What’s Love Got to Do with It?, explored the necessity of pastors loving their …


PNews 8/4/22

August 4, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

What’s Love Got to Do with It? The most important ingredient of a strong abiding relationship between pastors and their congregations is love. Not just any kind of love will do. A pastor needs to love the congregation just as …