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  • 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).

  • Minutes 215th General Assembly 2003 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 ...

  • Human Rights Update and Stydy Guide

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This year's update includes five categories of human rights' concerns 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.

     

  • Human Rights Update and Study Guide

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This year’s update includes five categories of human rights’ concerns 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.

    The 214th General Assembly (2002) encourages all middle governing bodies, sessions, and individual members to pray for all victims of human rights’ abuse and for those who persecute them, while seeking ways to act on behalf of these victims.

  • A Celebration of That All May Enter

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) recommends that the 212th General Assembly (2000) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) prepare to celebrate, reaffirm, and recommit to That All May Enter (Minutes UPCUSA, 1977, Part I, pp. 99-108) as the basis for a call to greater concern for the inclusion of all members in every aspect of the life and work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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