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  • The Covenant of Life and the Caring Community

    From Office of the General Assembly

    We are deeply aware of the concern and pain in the church as expressed in the many overtures from presbyteries which deal with the question of abortion.  We are disturbed by abortion which seems to be elected only as a convenience or to ease embarrassment.  We affirm that abortion should not be used as a method of birth control.

  • The DREAM Act

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    Parents who come to the United States without proper documentation often come so that their children may have a better life. However, these children have few options after graduating high school. Children brought into the United States by their parents, even at very young ages, can be deported even though they may not even speak the language or have any family members in their country of origin. They are unable to obtain federal identification, have no legal right to work, cannot enlist/serve in the military, or often attend colleges and universities.

  • The Draft Q&A

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The draft is compulsory enrollment in the armed services.  The last draft in the United States occured during the Vietnam War.  Registering for the draft is not the same as enlisting to serve with the armed services.  While registering for the draft is required and is unique to men, enlisting in the armed services is not required, but is an option for both men and women in the United States.

  • The Early Church Finds Its Way: Discernment in the Acts of the Apostles

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencySpiritual Formation

    Hungryhearts article by Bonnie Bowman Thurston

    Your General Assembly has created a task force with the mandate to lead the church “in spiritual discernment of [your] Christian identity.” It seems to me that an obvious source for this is St. Luke’s Acts of the Apostles, the story of the early Church’s growth and development. “How did the early Church in Jerusalem discern the will of God?” is the question I asked myself.

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  • The Embodiment of Faith Within Church Structures and Processes

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    In the midst of a particularly troublesome conflict situation, a church group decided to utilize the services of an outside consultant. As the consultant sought information about the nature and scope of the problem, one of the members strongly objected to questions concerning the management processes and decision-making practices of the group.

  • The Federal Budget: How It Works and What Presbyterians Can Do About It

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPresbyterian Hunger Program

    The Presbyterian Washington Office presents a new online resource, "The Federal Budget: How It Works and What Presbyterians Can Do about It."

  • The General Assembly and the general election

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    There were no voting booths in ancient Palestine. Yet prophets and popular movements did express their preferences, often at great risk. That risk intensified under the Romans. Sometimes today there seems to be almost as much discussion of St. Paul and empire in Biblical studies as there is about America and empire in political science. But we are blessed to be in a democracy derived in significant ways from the Reformed tradition's respect for the "inner forum" or individual conscience.

  • The Human Effects of War

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPresbyterian Peacemaking Program

    A reflection by Ken Moe on the ravages of war

  • The Journey Back: A Personal Story

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    Christmas trees stacked on a flatbed truck, a scene in which he was running away from battle -- these were the recurring dreams that haunted Roger after his service as a medic in Vietnam. For years he lived with undiagnosed PTSD and a series of outbursts he called “career-altering moments.” Finally, an intervention by trusted friends led to the beginning of his long journey back.

  • The Journey of Traveling Together

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    Throughout our nation, troops are returning home from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their adjustment from military to civilian life has its challenges. My focus in this article will be on providing pastoral care to the returning veteran.

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