Publications and periodicals

  • Some Biblical Bases of "A Brief Statement of Faith" - A Seven-Session Bible Study for Men

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyMen of the Church

    By William M. Ramsay

    Men of the Church in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) provides 13 bible studies to aid congregations in this area of ministry. Each study is inspired by a book of the Bible and includes seven sessions for open discussion.

  • Spanish Version - Proposed Amendments

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Part I Including: the proposed Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, Form of Government, and the Advisory Handbook for Councils for the Development of Policies and Procedures Required by the Form of Government.

    Part II Including: Confession of Belhar and Accompanying Letter, Letter from the Stated Clerk, General Assembly information on Belhar Confession, Introduction to the Confession of Belhar, a study guide, and an article on “Confessions of Faith in the Reformed Tradition”.

    Part III Including: Note from the Stated Clerk, a list of the amendments with advice from the ACC, and, an index.

  • Spiritual Direction

    From Office of the General Assembly

    An overview of the spiritual direction process.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Standards of ethical conduct for ministers and others

    From Office of the General AssemblyCommissioned Ruling Elders

    This document reviews standards of ethical conduct for those serving in General Assembly entities.

  • Standing Rules of the General Assembly

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The Standing Rules for Meetings of the General Assembly, are outlined, as amended by the 222nd General Assembly (2016).

  • Standing for Justice

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPresbyterian Women

    In "Standing for Justice: U.S. Immigration Law and PC(USA) Policy," Melissa Garrett Davis explains how immigration law affects PC(USA) policy. This article was first published in the January/February 2013 issue of Horizons magazine, which is available from PDS (item HZN13200; $4).

  • Stated Clerk's Letter to Congress Opposing HR 2278

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    In conjunction with our interfaith partners, the Stated Clerk will submit a letter to Congress urging members to oppose HR 2278 (Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act) because it would create an environment where people will face racial profiling and harassment based on their perceived immigration status. In addition this legislation will create a risk of criminalization for individuals who minister with or support people present in the US without authorization. 

  • 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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