This resolution, approved by the 218th General Assembly (2008), explores equal pay for comparable work concerns. What factors contribute to women's earning 78 percent of what men make, even in the church? This carefully researched report analyzes differences in education, skills and experience as well as gender and racial discrimination to back its recommendations for implementing equal pay for comparable work. Recognizing that ""the new reality in Christ"" should be reflected in the quality of the church's common life and witness,"" this resolution encourages all Presbyterians to uncover and correct unjustified pay disparities.
For two hundred years, General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church have been concerned with religious liberty and the relationship of church and state. The first General Assembly might well have heard the echo of Hanover Presbytery's mighty Memorial to the Virginia legislature: "We ask no ecclesiastical establishments for ourselves; neither can we approve of them when granted to others." Since 1788, our basic Principles of Church Order have placed in the first position the powerful commitment of our Reformed faith to religious liberty: "God alone is Lord of the conscience.... We do not even wish to see any religious constitution …
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A new story for the 2018 One Great Hour of Sharing – learn why it is important to help others with our gifts. About the Author: Dr. Kathy L. Dawson, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education Each of the Gracie the Fish stories for One Great Hour of Sharing have been written by Dr. Dawson. She was chosen 2015 Educator of the Year by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. Download Gracie’s past adventures:
PC(USA) guidelines for divestment related to Israel and Palestine.
This report, approved by the 219th General Assembly (2010),challenges our society’s fatalism and numbness in accepting the highest gun death rates in the world, reviews past church positions and proposes a new “spiritual awakening” approach: a church-related, community-based strategy inspired by “Heeding God’s Call” in Philadelphia, with similar groups in Richmond, Virginia and central New Jersey. The report looks at our culture of violence-acceptance, with its undercurrents of fear and desperation.
A publication that seeks to understand the phenomenon of "professional misconduct through sexual abuse." Exactly what constitutes professional misconduct through sexual abuse? In the case of adults, why do pastors/counselors/supervisors become sexually involved with men and women in their congregations and workplaces? Where are the lines between an "ordinary" responsible relationship between two consenting adults, and "professional misconduct through sexual abuse?" Is the extent of the problem really so great?
Whether a church has long-established mission partnerships or is not engaged in any mission activity, the foundation of healthy mission work begins with healthy relationships within the church. As a new or seasoned pastor in your church, consider approaching congregational mission work in the same way you might approach cross-cultural mission.
It takes the efforts of many persons committed to diversity and inclusiveness to breathe “new life” into Committees on Representation (CORs).