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  • Living into the Body of Christ

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The General Assembly is invited to begin where its advisory committee began, by affirming that the church include children, youth, and adults with disabilities, while acknowledging that not every Christian community recognizes its potential for ministry. Hence, a task force of volunteers was asked to develop policy and recommendations for the church to work for justice with persons who have disabilities, both within the church itself and the wider social order. A consultation with informed Presbyterians drawn from the synods enriched the work. This policy of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) confirms that the church—the Body of Christ ...

  • Minutes 217th General Assembly 2006 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 ...

  • Resolutions on Africa

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Africa, the birthplace of humanity, is largely unknown to most Americans. We will take a brief historical look at four cities—north, south, east, and west—in Africa, along with a bit of church history as it relates to the continent. And we will get a first glimpse at partnership as it is understood in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

    Africa is our homeland and yet many of us know little about it. Africa is a continent of 30,420,000 square kilometers. Its land mass equals that of the combined mass of China, India, Europe, Argentina, the United ...

  • Resolution on Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse Against Educators

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The report affirms procedures for mandating reporting of child sexual abuse and the importance of handling complaints of child sexual abuse according to standards of fair process. By doing so, it seeks to balance the rights and duties of those accused of alleged child sexual abuse with the inherent needs and rights of the protection of children from abuse.

  • Transforming Families with Study Guide

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The 209th General Assembly (1997) called for an examination of changing families and social structures that support families, focusing especially on their effects on children, in order to develop principles and recommendations to strengthen the church’s ministry to contemporary families in both the church and society in the 21st century (see Minutes, 1997, Part I, pp. 536ff). The resulting task force was to pursue its work with the understanding that there is a variety of families. Answering this call requires attention to the cultural and socioeconomic contexts of today’s families, and it is of primary importance that we ...

  • Limited Water Resources and Takings with Study Guide

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This resolution is based on the theology, ethics, and social policy stated in the report, Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice, adopted by the 202nd General Assembly (1990). This resolution is an effort to build on that report to keep the environmental policy of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) current and to address issues that have arisen since the report was adopted.

     

    The theology in the 1990 report is God-centered and speaks of a God who comes to judge the people for tilling without keeping, to deliver the vulnerable earth, and to restore the joy of creation. The theology ...

  • Minutes 216th General Assembly 2004 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 ...

  • Standards of Ethical Conduct

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The 210th General Assembly (1998) approved a report submitted by the Special Committee on a Professional Code of Ethics. The report, as approved, is titled "Life Together in the Community of Faith:

     

    A. Standards of Ethical Conduct for Members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.);
    B. Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees and Volunteers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.);
    C. Standards of Ethical Conduct for Ordained Officers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.);"

     

    The General Assembly took several actions to implement the use of "Life Together in the Community of Faith." Though it was not the ...

  • Iraq: Our Responsibility and the Future

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This report will determine procedures and program for the ministry divisions and staff of the General Assembly and its Council. It is recommended for consideration and study by other governing bodies (sessions, presbyteries, and synods). This report is commended to the free Christian conscience of all congregations and the members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for prayerful study, dialogue, and action.

    The military action taken against Iraq is examined in light of just war principles and other principles of conscience. Among other things, the resolution reaffirms our solidarity with Iraqi Christians and their churches, calls for pastoral support ...

  • Comprehensive Legalization Program for Immigrants Living and Working in the United States

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    The resolution reaffirms the General Assembly policy on “Transformation of Churches and Society Through Encounter with New Neighbors.” It also reminds the church that “a Christian perspective on immigration challenges us above all to love immigrants, to establish justice for them, and to seek to be reconciled with them in a new and transformed community.” Furthermore, the resolution states “the diversities which immigrants bring contribute to the dynamically evolving  multicultural fabric of this society.”

     

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