Manuals and policies
The May/June 1988 issue of Church & Society Magazine had as its title and theme, “Terrorism: Perceptions and Reflections.” Its Content Editor was Robert F. Smylie, Director of the United Nations Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Because of the events that began on September 11, 2001, we have excerpted and adapted portions of that issue for use in today's time. Interspersed with the fifteen focusing Propositions are the questions that were offered as discussion starters in the 1988 issue.
Thanksgiving letter to Ahold, November 2011, signed by numerous national religious leaders including the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly.
As we approach Thanksgiving and religious congregations across the nation pause to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and human community, we are reminded that, in the most basic and essential aspects of our life together, food and work, members of our society are interconnected. Our choices and actions impact one another, and we have both the power and the responsibility to create economic systems that promote and protect human well-being. Download to read it all.
The Covenant between The Synod of the Trinity of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Davis & Elkins College
I. Preamble to the Covenant
Throughout their respective histories, The Presbyterian Church (USA) and Davis & Elkins College have based their corporate lives on the premise that humankind approaches and responds to God through both faith and learning. For example, requirements for ordination as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) make clear that those who sense a divine call to ministry must act on that calling by completing a rigorous program of higher education. This belief in the ...
Divestment Strategy: Principles and Criteria (1984). This General Assembly study of the moral grounds for selling securities examines trusteeship and the interplay of integrity, effectiveness, and church purposes (including solidarity). It followed Military-Related Investment Guidelines (1982) and preceded the 1985 "selective, phased" divestment of securities in firms supporting apartheid in South Africa.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its antecedent churches have been at the forefront of local, regional, national, and global ecumenism for more than a century. Presbyterians have been ready to reflect on, pray for, and organize ecumenical initiatives in the life of the worldwide body of Christ and respond to the initiatives of others. From discussions of organic union to the formation of councils of churches, from common efforts in evangelism and mission to upholding concerns for justice and social service, Presbyterians have been deeply involved in the ecumenical work and witness of the church. The Presbyterian church has put considerable material, spiritual, and personnel resources into the ecumenical movement, working to “listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches” and respond in creative ways to our ecumenical calling.
The Handbook on Ordination Examinations is designed to serve as a resource for inquirers/candidates, committees on preparation for ministry, committees on ministry, and ministers of other denominations who may be taking the PC(USA)’s ordination exams.
Building a Community of Faith, Hope, Love and Witness
- The Missional Church: Presbyterian Church (USA)
- God’s Mission (F-1.01)
- A Mission-Focused “Form of Government”
- Question for Discussion
This policy, approved by the 218th General Assembly (2008), is the first major update of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s energy policy in more than 27 years. This General Assembly policy offers moral guidance and provides practical steps individual Presbyterians, groups and communities may take to change unhealthy energy practices to ensure that there is an abundant supply of God’s good energy for future generations of the whole creation to enjoy.
Resource written by L. Guy Mehl of the Lancaster Career Development Center, who makes observations based on his personal experiences counseling candidates from various denominations (Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, etc.).