Publications and periodicals

  • The Confession of Belhar - Korean

    From Office of the General AssemblySpecial Committee on the Confession of Belhar

    The Belhar Confession

    The full version of the Confession of Belhar, published September 1986.

    벨하 고백서

    This is a translation of the original Afrikaans text of the confession as it was adopted by the synod of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in South Africa in 1986. In 1994 the Dutch Reformed Mission Church and the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa united to form the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA). This inclusive language text was prepared by the Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

    Spanish - La Confesión de Belhar

  • The Confession of Belhar with references

    From Office of the General AssemblySpecial Committee on the Confession of Belhar

    A verison of the Confesion of Belhar with references included to support the text.

  • The Covenant of Life and the Caring Community

    From Office of the General Assembly

    We are deeply aware of the concern and pain in the church as expressed in the many overtures from presbyteries which deal with the question of abortion.  We are disturbed by abortion which seems to be elected only as a convenience or to ease embarrassment.  We affirm that abortion should not be used as a method of birth control.

  • The DREAM Act

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    Parents who come to the United States without proper documentation often come so that their children may have a better life. However, these children have few options after graduating high school. Children brought into the United States by their parents, even at very young ages, can be deported even though they may not even speak the language or have any family members in their country of origin. They are unable to obtain federal identification, have no legal right to work, cannot enlist/serve in the military, or often attend colleges and universities.

  • The Draft Q&A

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The draft is compulsory enrollment in the armed services.  The last draft in the United States occured during the Vietnam War.  Registering for the draft is not the same as enlisting to serve with the armed services.  While registering for the draft is required and is unique to men, enlisting in the armed services is not required, but is an option for both men and women in the United States.

  • The Embodiment of Faith Within Church Structures and Processes

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    In the midst of a particularly troublesome conflict situation, a church group decided to utilize the services of an outside consultant. As the consultant sought information about the nature and scope of the problem, one of the members strongly objected to questions concerning the management processes and decision-making practices of the group.

  • The Nature and Value of Human Life

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Although the wording of the General Assembly's mandate places the matter of the nature of human life prior to that of its value, the temper of our times compels us to begin with the latter. The very list of specific issues cited by the General Assembly represents a widely shared conviction that the value of human life is being questioned, even attacked, from many quarters. We will see that the General Assembly exhibited signal wisdom in yoking the two issues of nature and value together, but it is the matter of the value of human life that needs exposition ...

  • The Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This brochure provides information on the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel and their services and opportunities.

  • The Presbytery of Western North Carolina

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Guidelines for Congregations Considering A Request to Presbytery to be Dismissed

  • The Report of the Middle East Study Committee

    From Office of the General Assembly220th General Assembly (2012)

    Increasingly, we find that we are living in a world with numerous walls and barriers. These are walls that force us to live in sometimes small and isolated compartments. These walls and the resulting compartments often prevent us from seeing and understanding the lives of others who live in different compartments or on the other side of the wall from us. These walls are leading many to live in fear, isolation, and poverty; therefore, preventing all parties from living in peace.

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