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Apply for a Cyber-Journal/New Media Managing Editor position with ACSWP    [3-24-11]

This position announcement has come to us from the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, of the PC(USA):

Seeking new ways to connect and resource social ministries across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy has opened a term position of 18-24 months devoted to new communications media. In particular, recalling the purpose of the justice journal Church & Society that was published for 98 years but ended in late 2006, the Fellowship position will serve as managing editor of a cyber journal, Church & Society Internet Journal (CSIJ). The new position is based in Louisville and will work cooperatively with other ministries, particularly in the Compassion, Peace, and Justice area. It is designed expressly for recent seminary graduates who are familiar with new media; its salary and pension/medical benefits meet most presbytery minimum terms of call.

While the new journal will serve the Advisory Committee’s goals of offering a participatory process for policy development and sharing information on the Church’s stands and studies, it is designed to appeal to younger people who often connect “Justice and Jesus.” The new journal will include interactive features as well as theme-based issues and ecumenical links. In this it will function somewhat differently than its print predecessor, taking advantage of the internet capacity for more immediate churchwide conversation and community-building. At the same time, the journal will help make available learnings from the past century of justice ministries in the Presbyterian Church’s several streams. The earlier journal’s name reflected the Advisory Committee’s own prior name, Advisory Council on Church & Society, but the denomination’s justice journal actually had three prior names: The Amethyst (symbol of temperance), Moral Welfare, and Social Progress.

In discussions of its hopes for the new journal and related projects, the Committee has noted that educated younger people are aware of massive threats to human well-being and want a faith that carries moral power. Aware of the wave of youthful leadership challenging stagnant dictatorships in the Middle East, there is a concern that the church’s witness should be part of a response of conscience to the crises seen from the United States. Seeking to move rapidly, the Committee has announced a target date for applications and letters of interest by April 7, 2011, and encourages persons to share this notice with all those who might be interested.

Find more information about the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy’s work.

Find information on the job description and online application process.

Bread for the World seeks new staff:

Associate for Denominational Women’s Organization Relations

Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger home and abroad, seeks a motivated professional to engage denominational women’s organizations in partnerships with Bread and promote their involvement in the 1000 Days Campaign on maternal and child nutrition.

The associate will build and maintain relationships with national church women’s organizations; develop and implement educational and programmatic strategies and resources for engaging church women’s organizations; provide logistical support for and follow-up with the participants in Washington programs; and represent Bread at church women’s gatherings and events.

Must have a bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years related work experience; excellent relational skills; experience in planning and coordinating small group events, including travel arrangements; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and knowledge of Christian scripture, theology and church organization. Familiarity with national denominational women’s organizations preferred. Some overnight travel is required. This is a full-time grant funded position until October 2012.

 ~Please apply by February 18, 2011.

Bread is an EOE.

Rev. Diane Ford Jones, M.Div., M.S.
Senior National Church Relations Associate

Our New Address:  

Bread for the World
425 3rd Street SW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20024
Direct 202.688.1086
General 202.639.9400
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Read the 2011 Hunger Report, Our Common Interest: Ending Hunger and Malnutrition.

Vibrant congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, seeks experienced part-time pastor   [1-26-11]

Northside Presbyterian Church is a vibrant, dynamic, family-sized congregation in Ann Arbor, MI. We are seeking an experienced solo part-time pastor to lead and inspire our mission, ministry, and worship. Northside is a More Light congregation, and is committed to the full inclusion of all of God's children in the life and ministry of God's church. We have a traditional worship with a strong emphasis on lay leadership and an excellent music program.

Candidates should demonstrate strong preaching and teaching skills, as well as worship leadership, undergirded with spiritual and scholarly vigor. Northside shares a building and some ministries and programs with St. Aidan's Episcopal church, and is the second oldest such ecumenical partnership in the country. For more information see our web site,, and CIF#04162.AA1.

PHEWA announces search for new staff position:
Lead Organizer for the Presbyterian Health, Education & Welfare Association, Inc. (PHEWA).   

PHEWA is a ministry of the Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry, General Assembly Mission Council, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). PHEWA network members are eager to welcome this new addition to leadership of this volunteer organization that is working to make our church and society more responsive to the needs of those who are vulnerable and marginalized. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and PIF or equivalent resume to Application deadline is February 28, 2011.

Click here for the position description (in PDF format) >> 

Susan Lee Stack, Program Assistant, Presbyterian Health, Education & Welfare Association (PHEWA)

PC(USA) Office of Social Welfare Ministries, General Assembly Mission Council; Compassion, Peace & Justice Ministry

(502) 569-5800
toll free (888) 728-7228 ext. 5800

Office of Public Witness revamps internship program

Interns will gain experience, discernment opportunities  [11-2-10]

from Presbyterian News Service

When the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson took the reins as director at the Washington-based Office of Public Witness in May, he made clear the importance of involving young adults in the work of the Washington-based office.

Now, with a revived internship program, OPW is taking a step to provide work and guidance for those seeking “experience and vocational discernment in the church and in the public square,” according to the internship posting.

“It stems from (Nelson’s) commitment to young people and providing opportunities for education and discernment and also developing a network of folks who know and love this office,” said Leslie Woods, OPW’s representative for domestic poverty and environmental issues.

Although the office has had interns before, Woods said she didn’t know of a formal internship program.

According to the position description, interns will be assigned a public policy issue to follow through the political and decision-making process. This task might include compiling news reports, communicating General Assembly positions to Congress, attending hearings and producing resources. Other tasks will include outreach, communication or event planning.

More >>

For a full position description and application instructions >>

Presbyterian Office of Public Witness invites internship applicants and church partnerships   [10-4-10]

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of Public Witness (OPW) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) today unveiled its Internship for Public Witness, a new program designed for the formation of servant leaders in public policy ministry.

Persons participating in the Internship program will enjoy exposure to a wide range of formative experiences. Working with OPW staff, interns will have the opportunity to follow an issue or issue portfolio of interest through the legislative and decision-making process. In addition, they will also be exposed to other components of public policy ministry, which may include church relations, communications, resource development, and event planning.     More >>

Interested in applying?  You can download the complete description online.

Associate Pastor for Children, Youth and Families

First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo is an inclusive community located in Marin County, California that serves an active and spiritually diverse population. Our mission is to uplift and sustain all those seeking to grow in Christian faith through worship, community, service, and mindful stewardship of all God’s creation. Our motto; “together we serve.” We seek an Associate Pastor with a joyful heart and head for children, youth, and families to lead this important and valuable ministry. The Associate Pastor will serve with the Pastor/Head of Staff and other program staff and volunteers as an active colleague and as a partner in collaborative ministry and outreach. Visit our website to learn more . See our CIF: 00677.AC2 or email your PIF to

"One Door" opens onto all kinds of work opportunities in the PC(USA)

You can now do a PC(USA) job search including mission and volunteer opportunities, as well as ministry openings, in the US and world-wide.
Are you seeking a call in a progressive congregation ... or in a congregation seeking a progressive pastor/staff member?

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GA actions going to the presbyteries   

A number of the most important actions of the 219th General Assembly are now being sent to the presbyteries for their action, to confirm or reject them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book of Order.

We're providing resources to help inform the reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.

Our three areas of primary interest are:

bullet Amendment 10-A, which would remove the current ban on lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.

bullet Amendment 10-2, which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of Confessions.

bullet Amendment 10-1, which would adopt the new Form of Government that was approved by the Assembly.

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Some blogs worth visiting

PVJ's Facebook page

Mitch Trigger, PVJ's Secretary/Communicator, has created a Facebook page where Witherspoon members and others can gather to exchange news and views. Mitch and a few others have posted bits of news, both personal and organizational. But there’s room for more!

You can post your own news and views, or initiate a conversation about a topic of interest to you.


Voices of Sophia blog

Heather Reichgott, who has created this new blog for Voices of Sophia, introduces it:

After fifteen years of scholarship and activism, Voices of Sophia presents a blog. Here, we present the voices of feminist theologians of all stripes: scholars, clergy, students, exiles, missionaries, workers, thinkers, artists, lovers and devotees, from many parts of the world, all children of the God in whose image women are made. .... This blog seeks to glorify God through prayer, work, art, and intellectual reflection. Through articles and ensuing discussion we hope to become an active and thoughtful community.


John Harris’ Summit to Shore blogspot

Theological and philosophical reflections on everything between summit to shore, including kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), New York City and the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood by a progressive New York City Presbyterian Pastor. John is a former member of the Witherspoon board, and is designated pastor of North Presbyterian Church in Flushing, NY.


John Shuck’s Shuck and Jive

A Presbyterian minister, currently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tenn., blogs about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and lightening up.


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