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Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith is written by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.

Thinking, praying, and living the faith is at the core of ministry in the Office of Theology and Worship. In the following videos, learn more about what thinking, praying, and living the faith means to the leadership of the Office of Theology and Worship. Discover why it matters and what difference it makes in our lives, work, and worship.  

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June 10, 2013

Constituting Us: Confessions and Polity

It’s a perennial question: how do the two parts of our PC(USA) Constitution – The Book of Confessions and the Book of Order – work together?  What role does our shared affirmation of faith, The Book of Confessions play in the polity that orders our day-to-day life together as a denomination in the church?  What role does our day-to-day life together, governed by the Book of Order, play in shaping what we affirm in our shared affirmation of faith?  No role, either way?  A role one way, but not the other?  Is there influence both ways?

Since the last General Assembly, this perennial question has become a present question.  The question was raised at the General Assembly itself.  Statements about the relationship of our affirmation of faith (The Book of Confessions) to our polity (Book of Order) were made in the course of the General Assembly’s deliberations.  Those statements have resulted in further questions. 

“Constituting Us: Confessions and Polity in the PC(USA)” looks at the relationship of the two Books (of Confessions and of Order) that together make up our denomination’s Constitution.  It explores the way in which both our shared affirmation of faith and our life together constitute us in our particular presbyterian way of living out the Christian faith.

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