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  • Family Care Plan

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    The Book of Order proclaims that great ends of the church are “the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and the spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the  maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.”

    In many of our churches throughout the PCUSA, there are members, children of God, who live with great uncertainty everyday because of their immigration status in this country. These members need shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship in special ways because ...

  • Wineskins Letter

    From Office of the General AssemblyOffice of Governing Body Relations

    The New Wineskins Association of Churches has raised significant questions about the faith and mission of the church that every Presbyterian should take seriously. NWAC has presented its case in A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven: Report of the Strategy Team of the New Wineskins Association of Churches. Unfortunately, in advancing their case New Wineskins has presented the positions of the PCUSA inaccurately. As they consider the analysis of NWAC, all Presbyterians deserve to know the defined positions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

  • Politica Presbiteriana Sobre Inmigracion

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    Las asambleas generales de la Iglesia Presbiteriana comenzaron a hablar sobre inmigración y temas concernientes a los/as refugiados/as cuando las secuelas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y la división europea desplazaron a millones de personas. Esto llevó a que la Asamblea de la IP(EUA) en 1953 pidiera una revisión comprehensiva de las políticas de inmigración de la nación. En 1954 la Asamblea de la IP(EUA) convocó una legislación que proveyera para las necesidades de los/as trabajadores/as inmigrantes que habían vivido y trabajado en los Estados Unidos ...

  • Office of Immigration Issues

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    PFJI is a network of Presbyterians interested in various immigration issues and how these issues impact their communities, churches and presbyteries. PFJI is committed to fostering discussion, sharing resources, promoting advocacy, and writing liturgy on various immigration topics. As large numbers of people enter the United States and participate in our communities and churches, members of PFJI hope to empower Presbyterians to share vision, best practices, resources, and a passionate concern for those coming to the United States to live and work.

  • Responding With Faith

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    "We pledge ourselves as followers of Christ to stand with our immigrant neighbors who have come to the United States from throughout the world. We recognize immigrants as human beings made in the image of God and we prayerfully commit ourselves to support laws that affirm their dignity, preserve their families, and acknowledge the value of their presence among us."

  • Know Your Rights - Portuguese

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    Know Your Rights, written in Portuguese:  This packet contains information about your rights during an encounter with any of the Immigration Service agencies of the Department of Homeland Security.

    PERMANEÇA EM SILÊNCIO!

    Isto é seu direito…

    Se a Imigração prendê-lo(a):

    • Não responda `a nenhuma pergunta.
    • Não dê nenhuma informação sobre o local aonde você nasceu ou de como entrou nos EUA.
    • Não mostre nenhum documento, a não ser a carta do advogado. Acima de tudo, não mostre nenhum documento falso!
    • Não assine nada, especialmente a “Ordem de Partida Volunt ...
  • A Report on Economic Security For Older Adults

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Emphasizing the common good has clear implications for improving the economic security of older Americans. For example, Social Security is not a personal retirement plan but a social insurance program— a compact with other people, other generations, and the United States government. The essence of social insurance is community, that is, we are all in this together as God’s children. It also affirms the responsibility to make health insurance available to all Americans, not just to one’s own family.

  • Resolution Against Torture; Human Rights in a Time of Terrorism

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been among the strongest supporters of human rights law, an area of significant success in 20th Century Protestant Christian witness generally. One part of this has been our now 20-year history of preparing human rights updates for Christian education and public policy use. Previous General Assembly actions are noted in the background materials to this year’s resolution; copies can be found in the Advisory Committee’s Social Policy Compilation.

    Along with the resolution and its study paper is printed a second action of the Assembly, a petition calling for a formal congressional ...

  • A Reformed Understanding of Usury

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This report and its recommendations are in response to the following referral:  2004 Referral:  Item 10-09.  On Preparing a Policy Statement on Usury in the United States - From the Presbytery of Utah (Minutes, 2004, Part I, pp. 60, 798-99).

    The 216th General Assembly (2004)'s referred Item 10-09, an overture from the Presbytery of Utah as amended (Minutes, 2004, Part I, pp. 60, 798-99), to the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy to investigate the question of usury in the United States and to prepare a resolution for the 217th General Assembly (2006) that would achieve the following:

     1. More ...

  • Resolution on Just Globalization

    From Office of the General Assembly

    It is the responsibility of the Christian church to be a critical participant in every political and economic system. We are not cheerleaders of any status quo, nor are we believers that every social change is good. We do not believe in globalization; we support a particular kind of globalization that reflects justice, community, and sustainability for all creation. This is the vision, rooted in Christian faith, that we urge members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to advocate in every social, economic, and political arena.

    Almost everyone now is familiar with the power of the world market system ...

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