Reports and study guides
Guidance for congregations in response to H1N1 virus (swine flu) outbreak
As the media generates interest in the current outbreak of swine flu originating in Mexico, presbyteries and congregations have an opportunity for a ‘teachable moment’ about how to prepare for and respond to widespread contagious diseases. As you begin to plan, two items to address are what can/should be done NOW, and what may be necessary LATER.
Light Our Way: A Guide for Spiritual Care In Times of Disaster
for disaster response volunteers, first responders and disaster planners
Published by National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, 2006
Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation & Sexual Violence in Disaster and Emergency Situations
a guide for local and community organisations
Published by EPCAT, International
Sustainable Housing on the Bayou
MIT School of Architecture and Planning Students fighting the evil twins Katrina and Rita, July 2006
Hope Presbyterian Church of Lakewood, New Jersey, Sends Mission Team to North Dakota
Hope Presbyterian Church is a small church with a big heart and a desire to reach out and serve others. HPC had sent a team to Mississippi in 2007 to assist with the clean up after hurricane Katrina and in the fall of 2008 there was talk of undertaking a similar effort in 2009. We reviewed the listing of opportunities to volunteer published by the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program and came to a general consensus that we would like to learn more about a relief effort to ...
We send work teams because an invitation has been extended to us to come and help with the witness to recovery in a particular part of the world or the United States.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance only sets up recovery sites where churches have decided toinvite others in to help as they seek to rebuild after disasters. Thus it is the local church partner,council, or faith based organization that has done the assessment, determined the nature of thework, and made all of the arrangements to provide for the arrival of volunteers.
Study guide for Policy Statements and Recommendations from the 1978 report, “The Church and Homosexuality”
This study guide, prepared by the Office of Theology and Worship, is written at the request of the 217th General Assembly, Item 04-05:
" ... commended for use by sessions and congregations for study of the Authoritative Interpretation of 1993, commending it to congregations as the historic policy of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)."
This study guide provides four sessions for personal and class discussion and reflection. These sessions encourage and challenge the reader to think about ways people living with mental illness are included and/or excluded from participating in the work of the church and society in general.
It is through our faith and our commitment to Jesus Christ that we continue to work for justice. It is through our faith communities that we work and struggle together. This is a positive message we have to offer our brothers and sisters working against violence.
Appendix A: Costly lessons of the Iraq War to the study paper, "To Repent, To Restore, To Rebuild, and to Reconcile" commended for study by the 218th General Assembly (218)