Reports and study guides

  • Resolution on Just Globalization, Justice, Ownership, and Accountability

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyAdvisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

    Globalization and international trade are realities of today’s world. In this report, globalization is defined as the process by which people, nations and economies throughout the world become ever more connected and integrated. Although often driven by economics, globalization includes spiritual, cultural, political and human welfare dimensions. This report and the recommendations are to provide ethical insight for individual Christians and a set of responses for churches and the larger church through its agencies.

  • Respectful Presence: an Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective (with study guide)

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyInterfaith Relations

    This document and study guide, from the 209th General Assembly (1997), provides an understanding of interfaith prater and celebration from a reformed Christian perspective.

  • Review of Ecumenical Agencies - NCCC

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    The purpose of this report is twofold. It is the review committee’s intention not only to fulfill the requirements established by the General Assembly but also to provide a resource that will educate our church on the goals of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (NCCC) and the nature of the church’s commitment to the NCCC. It is important to remind our church that the NCCC is not just a religious organization but also a council of which we as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are members.

  • Review of Ecumenical Agencies - WARC

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    “As an expression of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has never been able to live in comfortable detachment from other churches. Instead, we search for diverse patterns of the visible unity of Christ’s church, seeking concord in essential things: faith, sacraments, mission, and ministry. Such forms of communion are both signs of the church’s unity and means by which the church’s unity is achieved… The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in gratitude for God’s grace and mercy, commits itself to faithful use of God’s gifts in the ...

  • Review of Ecumenical Agencies - WCC

    From Office of the General AssemblyEcumenical Relationships

    At the 212th General Assembly (2000), and in response to concerns voiced within the General Assembly Council (GAC), the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical Relations (GACER) was
    asked to design a process “for review of councils and other ecumenical alliances to which the PC(USA) belongs.” The 213th General Assembly (2001) approved the decision, and the 214th General Assembly
    (2002) received the first such review document, which reported on the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. This year a review team will bring to the assembly the second in the series, a review of the
    World Council of Churches (WCC). The ...

  • Ruling Elders Polity Workshop

    From Office of the General AssemblyVocational Ministries

    This is the handout for the Ruling Elders workshop facilitated by Molly Casteel and Martha Miller.

  • Ruling Elders Workshop

    From Office of the General AssemblyRuling Elders

    Elder Training led by Peggy Hinds, Associate General Presbyter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. Friday, August 2, 8:00pm 

    Session 3: "The Ruling Elder: Leading in Congregational Life"
    Offered ruling elders the opportunity to integrate information from sessions 1 and 2 into the congregational setting, through engagement with case studies. This is the case study resource.

  • Ruling Elders Workshop

    From Office of the General AssemblyRuling Elders

    Elder Training led by Peggy Hinds, Associate General Presbyter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. Friday, August 2, 8:00pm 

    Session 3: "The Ruling Elder: Leading in Congregational Life"
    Offered ruling elders the opportunity to integrate information from sessions 1 and 2 into the congregational setting, through engagement with case studies. This is the matching game resource.

  • Ruling Elders Workshop

    From Office of the General AssemblyRuling Elders

    Elder Training led by Peggy Hinds, Associate General Presbyter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. Friday, August 2, 4:00pm 

    Session 2: "The Ruling Elder: Roles and Responsibilities"
    Explored the role of ruling elders in their ministry of discernment and governance. The responsibilities of session were also covered.

  • Ruling Elders Workshop

    From Office of the General AssemblyRuling Elders

    Elder Training led by Peggy Hinds, Associate General Presbyter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. Friday, August 2, 2:00pm 

    Session 1: "The Ruling Elder: Presbyterian Polity"
    Provided an overview of Presbyterian polity, its history and theology, and the way it influences the life of a congregation and the ministry of ruling elders.

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