Publications and periodicals

  • "A Letter to Presbyterians:" The PCUSA 1953 General Council Challenge to McCarthyism

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    An influential open letter sent by the General Council of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. opposing "red scare" allegations and falsehoods as damaging the moral ethos and democratic practices of our country. In it, John McKay and Eugene Carson Blake make a concise Reformed case for the prophetic role of the church, both in public policy and civic values. The subtitle is: "Concerning the Present Situation in Our Country and In the World." It is an illuminating Christian response to the Cold War, fear of communism, and threats to civil liberties, using Mt ...

  • 'Sacraments and Seasons,' Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts 43.3

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyCall to Worship

    By Marney A. Wasserman

    To wonder, as this article proposes to do, about the relationship between sacraments and seasons, is to encounter a whole host of questions about color and texture and meaning, about the words and the signs of our sacramental celebrations, as we enact them through the full cycle of the liturgical calendar. Is the Lord’s Supper in any way different when the table is draped in purple instead of in green? Should it be? Does a baptism celebrated on Easter take on a different meaning in congregational experience than one in October? Is that a good ...

  • 'Three Good Preaching Words,' Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts 42.3

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyCall to Worship

    by Mike Graves

    The church has always gravitated toward beauty and justice, and for good reason—they describe the very nature of God. As surely as the New Testament declares “God is love,” it could just as easily have included, “God is beauty” and “God is just.” Travel all over the globe and you will discover beauty is one of the hallmarks of the church. Tourists in Paris take as many photos of Notre Dame as they do of the Eiffel Tower. Stained glass, candles, pipe organs, on and on the list goes. Even the simplest of churches usually will ...

  • 175 Years of Mission and Ministry

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyCurriculum

    Read this article from the ideas! For Church Leaders series:

    2012 marks 175 years of Presbyterian mission and ministry for the GAMC. This article invites you to look at your own mission and ministry in the church, and suggests ideas for building disciples in your congregation.

  • 2007 General Assembly Council Annual Report

    From Presbyterian Mission Agency

    A bold banner over the doorways of the Presbyterian Center ushered in 2007 with the theme, “A New Way for a New Day.” Not only did that motto evoke the theme of the 2007–2008 Mission Work Plan from Isaiah 43:19 — I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? — it also referenced the theme from the historic September 2006 meeting that brought General Assembly Council (GAC) members and senior staff together with middle governing body executives for the first time.

  • 2008 General Assembly Council Annual Report

    From Presbyterian Mission Agency

    Collaboration, cooperation, and change marked the ministry and mission of the General Assembly Council (GAC) in 2008. The GAC laid the foundation for change in 2006 with a new organizational structure for staff and the elected Council, and with the adoption of the 2007–2008 Mission Work Plan. In 2007, we adopted the core values of CARE—collaboration, accountability, responsiveness, and excellence—within the GAC and with the whole church and our partners. We also filled leadership positions; made adjustments as we refined the organization; reformed the Council into goal area committees; and carried out the Mission Work Plan.

  • 2008 SDOP grant list

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencySelf-Development of People (SDOP)

    See this list of Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People 2008 funded partnerships.

  • 2009 General Assembly Mission Council Annual Report

    From Presbyterian Mission Agency

    This publication provides a brief overview of the work that the General Assembly Mission Council accomplished in 2009 working alongside congregations and middle governing bodies, as well as highlights of our plans for 2010 as we continue to inspire, equip and connect all Presbyterians to do the church's work. In this report, you'll discover the manifold ways in which God called us and challenged us in 2009 to live into our commitment to “Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide."

  • 2009 SDOP grant list

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencySelf-Development of People (SDOP)

    See this list of Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People 2009 funded partnerships.

  • 2010 Disability Inclusion Resource Packet

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    'The Wounds of War: The Church as a Healing Community'

    Is the church ready? Are we prepared to be a community of healing for those who are living now, and will be living for many years, with the wounds of war? Every day the news media reports on the physical and emotional costs of war. One in five soldiers returning from Iraq or Afghanistan lives with major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Suicide rates and domestic violence have soared. Is the church prepared? Members of the PDC Leadership Team believe that the physical, emotional and spiritual wounds are intertwined. We ...

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