Publications and periodicals

  • Parliamentary Procedures in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) designates Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised the latest edition, as the parliamentary authority to be used in governing body meetings.  This booklet is an introductory summary of the purpose and practice of common parliamentary principles.  It is not a substitute for Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised, but rather, a way of understanding the basic principles behind the development of parliamentary procedures which should make Robert more accessible.  While the booklet is specifically developed for clerks and moderators, it is also useful for any member of a governing body, and ...

  • Facing Racism: A Vision of the Beloved Community

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recognizes that the task of dismantling racism is a long-term struggle that requires discernment, prayer, and worship based action. As we move into the next millennium, congregations, presbyteries, and synods are engaging the problem of racism in unprecedented numbers. This is a significant development in the struggle for “racial” justice. In order to respond to this challenge, the 211th General Assembly (1999) approved this comprehensive policy document that will guide the church’s ministry of “racial” justice in the next century.

  • Transformation of Churches and Society Through Encounter with New Neighbors

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    This resolution is the result of a development process that included wide consultation and participation throughout the church, drawing upon biblical sources and insights from the Reformed tradition in giving renewed definition to Presbyterian understandings concerning immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.


  • Building Community Among Strangers

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This resolution is presented for the guidance and edification of the whole Christian Church and the society to which it ministers; and will determine procedures and program for the ministries divisions and staff of the General Assembly.

  • Resolution on the International Criminal Court

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) recommends that the 211th General Assembly (1999) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) do the following:

    1. Commend the United Nations and the International Conference in Rome for the drafting and adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    2. Affirm the need for international judicial mechanisms for the administration of justice capable of addressing major categories of crime with consistent application for all countries.

    3. Call upon all governments to be diligent in the conduct of affairs, preventing those acts that might constitute offenses of international character ...

  • Standards of Ethical Conduct

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The General Assembly took several actions to implement the use of "Life Together in the Community of Faith." Though it was not the first action taken, the action that is perhaps of the most interest to you is that the General Assembly commended the Standards, as a model, to presbyteries and synods for study, approval, and inclusion in manuals of operations, and to congregations, as a model, for study, approval, and use with sessions, new member classes, adult education classes, personnel committees, and in contracts.

  • Hope for a Global Future

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This policy statement presents a theological understanding for our activities in the complex world of international economics, touching upon issues of economic justice for all persons, concerns about population, and ecological degradation. It calls for a renewed emphasis on the Reformed norm of frugality and presents the norm of sufficiency, so that all may participate with abundant living in caring communities that are less materialistic and more frugal.

  • Report of the Special Committee on the Nature of the Church and the Practice of Governance

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The Special Committee on the Nature of the Church and the Practice of Governance was charged with the responsibility of producing a thorough study of the nature of the church. The enclosed document represents the committee's efforts to fulfill that directive. The report begins with an assessment of our denomination's current situation and contains fifty statements that explore the biblical nature of the church, examine the Reformed tradition, consider the history of the church in North America, inspect the confessions, and search its polity.

  • Report of the Special Committee on Problem Pregnancies and Abortion

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The 200th General Assembly (1988) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, was asked to respond both to ever-increasing public turmoil over the issue of abortion and to turmoil within our own denomination, including numerous overtures in recent years asking that the General Assembly change, reconsider, or reaffirm the abortion policy expressed in the 1983 document, Covenant and Creation. The response of the 200th General Assembly (1988) was to mandate:

    1. That the Moderator of the 200th General Assembly (1988) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) select a Task Force to conduct a study ...

  • Study Paper On Family Violence

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Concern about an epidemic of spouse, child, and elder abuse led the committee of Women of Color and the Women's Ministry Unit to recommend to the 203rd General Assembly (1991) a paper on domestic violence for study throughout the church.

    The assembly urged churches to study the paper on family violence and to establish programs that respond to domestic abuse in their communities. It also instructed me to print the domestic violence paper and to distribute a copy to each church.

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