Publications and periodicals
Occasional Paper: Thought Provoking but Insufficient: A Reply to William J. Weston’s Rebuilding the Presbyterian Establishment
by John L. Williams, honorably retired
A reply to William J. Weston’s “Rebuilding the Presbyterian Establishment” from Williams, including his analysis and his proposals.
by Cynthia Holder Rich, Lily Research fellow, Western Theological Seminary
This paper is a response to William Weston's essay, “Rebuilding the Presbyterian Establishment” concerning goals and their sources for assessment.
Occasional Paper: Overcoming the Presbyterian Power Trap: Toward and Authentic Multicultural Witness in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
by J. Herbert Nelson II, pastor, Liberation Community Presbyterian Church
This paper addresses the discussion of the issues of power — its redistribution, its racial and gender construct within governing body structures, and its impact on the history and the future of an authentic multicultural church — and how to encourage multiculturalism in PC(USA) churches.
by Carol Howard Merritt, pastor, Western Presbyterian Church
In this paper, author Howard responds to Beau Weston arguments in “Rebuilding the Presbyterian Establishment." She addresses a query concerning Presbyterians: What can the Presbyterian Church do to end its endemic crisis and turn around its long decline?
By José Luis Casal, general missioner, Tres Rios Presbytery
The most demanding challenge of our time is how to be the church of Jesus Christ with a clear message for the people we serve. The Bible challenges us to see and respond to the “signs of the times.” This paper asks the following: are we to save a system (structure) or humankind?
by José Luis Casal, Carol Howard Merritt, J. Herbert Nelson II, Cynthia Holder Rich and John L. Williams
Have we structured our life together in a way that serves our best aspirations? Do the current institutional arrangements of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) help us flourish? This paper discusses issues from previous generations of Presbyterians and whether some of them to reworked, reshaped ... or even replaced.
by John P. Burgess
In this paper, Burgess explains what thinking theologically about the church looks like and what its sustaining 6 sources will be.
This document provides a list of immigrant Presbyterian fellowships and congregations
Suppose someone gave you $200 to give to a charity or religious cause. How would you decide where to contribute? We presented Presbyterians that scenario on a 2005 survey, asking them how important each of 12 factors would be in their decision making.
- from the January/February 2009 issue of Presbyterians Today magazine.
Recently in this column I discussed decades-long membership losses in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), but this month I’m addressing an area in which the PC(USA) is growing: the weight of its pastors.
- from the March 2009 issue of Presbyterians Today magazine.