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"TODAY" MARKS NEW ERA FOR "PRESBYTERIAN SURVEY"
05 May 1996 12:58:53
95124 "TODAY" MARKS NEW ERA FOR "PRESBYTERIAN SURVEY"
By Julian Shipp
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--- "Presbyterian Survey" welcomes a new generation of
readers in June when it becomes "Presbyterians Today," a publication
designed to bring information and assistance for daily living to
With a fresh focus on a younger audience, the 128-year-old magazine
for Presbyterians will sport a clean, contemporary look and much more,
according to Gary W. Luhr, associate director for the Office of
Communication of the General Assembly Council.
" Presbyterians Today' has a strong past, but its focus will be on the
present and future," Luhr said. "Magazines change to reflect their times
and the audience they serve. We think Presbyterians Today' is the right
magazine for today's Presbyterian."
Readers of the new magazine will meet interesting people who are
making a strong witness to Jesus Christ, learn what it means to be
Presbyterian as they prepare to enter the 21st century and discover new and
exciting things happening in the church nationally and in congregations.
For example, an article by Associate Editor Eva Stimson called "Rock
n' Roll Church" in the June issue describes a new Presbyterian
congregation in downtown Seattle, Wash., that uses contemporary rock music
and worship in a movie theatre to attract the under-40 crowd.
Two articles in the same issue examine the intriguing dialogue
starting to occur between science and religion. "Astronomer on a Spiritual
Quest," by the Rev. Steven F. Durham, profiles Eric Carlson, a Presbyterian
elder and senior astronomer at the Alder Planetarium in Chicago, Ill. "A
Quiet Revolution," by the Rev. James R.M. Young, describes a new
breakthrough in the science -vs.- religion standoff in which leading
scientists, theologians and church people -- some of them Presbyterians --
are now talking with each other about how to incorporate recent scientific
discoveries into the Christian faith. Young is pastor of Thalia Trinity
Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, Va.
Readers will also discover what Presbyterians are doing in the world
individually and in partnership with others, and how being Presbyterian
makes them part of something larger than their own congregation.
"Presbyterians Today" is a product of the denomination that was formed
in 1983 with the reunion of the two leading streams of Presbyterianism in
the United States. Its immediate predecessor, "Presbyterian Survey,"
evolved out of the former Southern stream, where it had been published
under several names since 1867, making it one of the oldest magazines in
Additionally, the magazine receives a rich publishing legacy from the
former Northern church and such magazines as "Presbyterian Life," which in
its mid-1950s heyday had one of the largest circulations of any magazine in
the United States.
Stimson said "Presbyterian Survey" devotees need not be leery of
change. Many of the magazine's favorite features remain intact, including
denominational news, biblical reflection, reviews of current media and
commentary on the church in society and what other Presbyterians are
"We want people to know that Presbyterian Survey' is continuing --
it's just getting better," Stimson said. "It will still have most of the
same, solid content that our loyal readers have come to expect."
Subscriptions to "Presbyterian Today" can be ordered by calling (800)
227-2872. Discounts are available to churches ordering one of several group
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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