Publications and periodicals

  • 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.”


  • Human Rights Update 2003-2004 with Study Guide

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This year’s update includes five categories of human rights’ concerns brought to the attention of the General Assembly, for the most part, by our partner churches around the world. They are civil rights, political rights, economic rights, social and cultural rights, and religious rights.

  • Hurricane Charley Ministry Action Team Report

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Charley followed the Peace River through the very center of Peace River Presbytery, cutting a path of destruction, but Charley hasn't taken the heart out of Peace River Presbytery, her people, pastors, and congregations. Charley has spoken, but as people of faith, we know that, through the power of God at work in Christ and in us, the resurrection hope we share is the last word. That does not mean this time is easy.

  • Resolution on Israel and Palestine: End the Occupation Now

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The question of Palestine, now in its 56th year without resolution, has been the oldest continuing item on the agenda of the United Nations. From the beginning, the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians has been a subject of concern, prayer and action for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as other churches and ecumenical bodies in the region and the world. The church has shown concern for both the Israelis and the Palestinians. Our voice has been heard repeatedly on behalf of the suffering of the Palestinian people.

  • Clergywomen's Experiences in Ministry

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The 212th General Assembly (2000) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) directed the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (ACWC), "to look at emerging issues related to clergywomen serving in parish ministry, including the decreasing numbers of clergywomen available for service; proportionately lower numbers of women serving congregations; and the increasing numbers of women leaving parish ministry" (

    Minutes, 2000, Part I, p. 317).

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