Tag Archives: PNews

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


PNews 7/28/22

July 28, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Escaping the Echo Chamber We cannot grow if we listen only to voices that declare what we already believe to be true; however, we tend to gravitate to voices and viewpoints that confirm our own already-settled convictions. When we stay …


PNews 7/14/22

July 14, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

225th General Assembly Action Highlights This year’s General Assembly convened over the period of June 17 through July 9. Committees met in person in Louisville, then the entire assembly met in plenary online to discuss and act on committee recommendations. …


PNews 7/7/22

July 7, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Domestic Abuse Overture Goes to GA At the February Presbytery meeting, the Pittsburgh Presbytery approved a motion to send a Domestic Abuse Overture to the 225th General Assembly regarding removal of guns from domestic abusers. The overture was written by …


PNews 6/30/22

June 30, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Fear Fear is a compelling, controlling power in our lives. Too often, we make decisions in life based in fear instead of trusting the life path we are called to in Jesus Christ. This is not faithful. Faithfulness is living …


PNews 6/23/22

June 23, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Fear Fear is a compelling, controlling power in our lives. Too often, we make decisions in life based in fear instead of trusting the life path we are called to in Jesus Christ. This is not faithful. Faithfulness is living …


PNews 6/16/22

June 16, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Remembering Deliverance Celebrating the gift of freedom with those who have been set free is nothing less than acknowledging our common humanity and dignity as God’s children. White folk should have been celebrating Juneteenth all along with their Black siblings, …


PNews 6/9/22

June 9, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Let It Go One of the marks of true maturity is the ability to tell the difference between essentials and non-essentials. Getting wrought up over non-essential things is a sure sign that we have some more growing to do. The …


PNews 6/2/22

June 2, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Confidentiality and Transparency Each year, as we orient new members of presbytery committees, we discuss two core values to which our presbytery is committed: confidentiality and transparency. The two often seem at odds, but rightly understood, both are necessary for …