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General Assembly Action Calling for Marriage Study


“In a desire to promote the peace, unity, and purity of the church, we move the whole Presbyterian Church U.S.A. enter into a season of serious study and discernment concerning its meaning of Christian marriage in the two-year period between the 220th General Assembly (2012) and the 221st General Assembly (2014). We would further move the Office of Theology and Worship prepare and distribute educational materials to all presbyteries and congregations. These materials should include the relevant Scriptures, key methods of biblical interpretations, current understandings of our Constitution, and some suggested guidance for prayerful and reconnecting ways of listening to one another.

“We would ask that all presbyteries report to the Office of the General Assembly on how this was conducted in their congregations at least three months prior to the 221st General Assembly (2014).

“This motion is offered in the hope and trust that such discernment will genuinely seek the rule and will of God be done in our Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as it is in Heaven under the guidance of the Triune of God.”
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Christian Marriage in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 

Study on Christian Marriage

At the direction of the 220th General Assembly (2012), the Office of Theology and Worship has produced a study on "Christian Marriage in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." The study is available in two versions: a six-session course and two-hour abbreviated format; congregations are encouraged to use the six-session version if at all possible. This resource is commended for use by congregations and presbyteries as they discuss issues related to marriage in church and society.  

Six-Session Version
Download the Study: "Christian Marriage in the PC(USA): Six-Session Version
Español / Spanish | Korean

Two-Hour Version
Download the Study: "Christian Marriage in the PC(USA): Two-Hour Version
Leader's Guide
Traducciones al español / Spanish translations: Estudio / Study | Guía de lideres / Leader's Guide
Korean translations: Study | Leader's Guide

Supplementary Resources
Report on "
Civil Union and Christian Marriage"  
"Constituting Us:  Confessions and Polity in the PC(USA)"

Other Resources on Marriage

Marriage in the Book of Confessions 

Marriage in the Book of Order (Directory for Worship, W-4.9000)

Statement on the Gift of Marriage from the 1993 Book of Common Worship

Final Report of the Special Committee to Study Issues of Civil Union and Christian Marriage (includes the minority report), as approved by the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

"Marriage—A Theological Statement," a 1980 paper of the Presbyterian Church in the United States

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  • Thanks, Dave. Those documents are: Presbyterian Understanding and Use of Holy Scripture, Biblical Authority and Interpretation, and the video segment on biblical Authority and Interpretation from the Theological Task Force on Peach, Unity, and Purity by Charles Wiley PC(USA) Staff on 08/24/2013 at 1:44 p.m.

  • Recommendation 5 of the Special Committee to Study Issues of Civil Unions and Christian marriage mentions a few documents to consider by Dave on 08/24/2013 at 12:57 p.m.

  • Marriage Study - final study will be completed and made available throughout the church April 29, 2013. by Ada Middleton PC(USA) Staff on 04/17/2013 at 10:33 a.m.

  • Hello, I have been tasked with leading the marriage discussion, as requested by the 220 GA I note the information above is there anything else that I should be looking for? Paul Clairville by PaulClairville on 04/16/2013 at 5:47 p.m.

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