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Publications and periodicals

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    Current US immigration policy is complicated and governmental departments face a backlog of applications upwards of 5 to 7 years. If a foreign born person wishes to come to the US to work and live there are only a few ways he/she can obtain the necessary visa: obtain refugee/asylum status; win one of only 50,000 visas available each year in the US sponsored "lottery" (in 2009 9.1 million qualified applications were received for the lottery); or have a sponsor that is either employment or family based. While this sounds reasonable the parameters around these options are ...

  • From Homelessness to Hope

    From Office of the General Assembly

    According to a 2007 report from the Center for Housing Policy, American households, whether renting or owning, are under increased pressure to maintain housing. Between 1997 and 2005, the number of working families paying more than half their income for housing increased 87 percent, from 2.4 million to 4.5 million. When families living in severely inadequate or dilapidated housing are included, the total of working families with critical housing needs rises to 5.2 million nationally. Housing needs exist across “the housing landscape” from large to small metropolitan areas, in urban and suburban counties alike.

  • Comfort My People: A Policy Statement on Serious Mental Illness

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The biblical theme of “exile” guides this policy statement. After offering a working definition and an account of the historical context, the report focuses on two major themes. The first theme is “The Land of Exile,” which explores the difficulties and injustices endured by people with serious mental illness. The experience of mental illness disorders people’s lives in ways that exile them from themselves, their  families, and their community. The second theme, “God’s Call to Comfort,” focuses on appropriate ways congregations can minister with and to people with a serious mental illness. Throughout this report, people are understood ...

  • The Presbytery of Western North Carolina

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Guidelines for Congregations Considering A Request to Presbytery to be Dismissed

  • Procedure for Merger of Churches

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Presbytery of Northern New England

    The Book of Order has little to say about the merger of churches (G-11.0103h), thus the presbytery has great flexibility in how it is done and the process can be tailored to each specific instance.


  • God's Work in Women's Hands Pay Equity and Just Compensation

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The goal of realizing equity in the church and the world for all of God’s children is sealed in Scripture, rooted in the Reformed tradition, and consistently mandated in Presbyterian policy statements. From its founding, God’s church has been called to provide a prophetic witness wherever and whenever equity remains unrealized. Whenever there are patterns of inequality that profoundly distort what is equitable—what people deserve and need to sustain themselves—not necessarily strict equality, then both the witness and the unity of the church are at stake.

     In the church and in the world today there is ...

  • Actions of the 218th General Assembly (2008)

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The 218th General Assembly (2008) addressed some actions to various parts of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): governing bodies, synods, presbyteries, sessions, congregations, the whole church, and PC(USA) related seminaries and theological institutions.

    The following statements do not contain the entire action. Please refer to the Minutes of the General Assembly for an in-depth review of these actions, which will soon be posted to the following website (as a pdf file): Scroll down to the middle of the page where it says Minutes of the General Assembly. You can also click ...

  • Minutes 218th General Assembly 2008 Part I Journal

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The Minutes, Part I, Journal contains the proceedings of the annual meeting (before 2004) or biennial meeting (2004 and beyond) of the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Journal contains the minutes of the meeting (section one) – but also contains in section two the assembly committee reports (with reports from all the agencies of the church, permanent and special committees, overtures to the assembly, and commissioners’ resolutions). Section three of the book contains supplemental material (i.e. roll of the assembly, standing rules, moderators and clerks, and members of entities elected by the assembly). Beginning with ...

  • On Building Peace in Iraq and To Repent and To Restore, To Rebuild, and To Reconcile

    From Office of the General Assembly

    These versions of the Iraq-related actions include all changes made by the General Assembly and are laid out for down-loading. Along with the primary action with recommendations, item 11-10,  On Building Peace in Iraq, there is the substantial background paper in 11-24, To Repent, To Restore, To Rebuild, and To Reconcile, which was "commended for study" and directed to be posted on the Office of the General Assembly site.  These statements, plus an appendix to the study paper, Costly Lessons of the Iraq War, are also posted on the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) website: ...

  • ACSWP Voting Rights

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This resolution contains both a Biblical and theological foundation and a set of recommendations for a more participatory and fair electoral process in the United States.  This resolution affirms the extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, and 0pposes all measures that would disenfranchise voters on the basis of race or other condition.

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