Resources in ACSWP

Resolution on Violence, Religion, and Terrorism (2004)

This report focuses on the role that religion plays in relationship to violence, most specifically the form of violence used to attack important centers and symbols of American power on September 11, 2001. It also examines actions that have been, or can be, mounted to counter such violence and the role religion plays in supporting… Read more »

Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call (2010)

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… Read more »

Reformed Faith and Politics (1983)

A central question of political ethics is: ‘Why ought one to obey the state?’ A Christian political ethic puts a different question: ‘How can we love God in serving our neighbors through politics?’ The purpose of humanity is to love God and to help our neighbor know the love of God. Therefore, Christian political ethics… Read more »

God Alone is Lord of the Conscience (1988)

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… Read more »

Religious Freedom Without Discrimination

Religious Freedom Without Discrimination and the shorter related resolution, The Boundaries of Religious Liberty, draw on the Historic Principles of Church Order (1788) to affirm that religious freedom should be “equal and common to all.” They thus build on the long policy statement, God Alone is Lord of the Conscience (1988), to provide contemporary Reformed… Read more »

Resolution on the Middle East (1997)

Painfully aware that the conflicts in the Middle East have exacted a terrible toll in human suffering and exacerbated international and interreligious tensions for more than half a century, and taking account of both the accomplishments so far and the challenges ahead, the 209th General Assembly (1997) believes that the peace process started in Madrid… Read more »

Iraq: Our Responsibility and the Future (2004)

Opposition to the military action against Iraq based on just war principles and other principles of conscience, while not unanimous among Presbyterians, has been sufficiently widespread to indicate much concern. From the beginning, it has been the judgment of many church leaders, both in the United States and elsewhere, that?an invasion of Iraq has been… Read more »

Resolution on Africa: A Study Guide and Reflection (2005)

Nineteenth-century images of Africa continue to replay in our minds, even in this twenty- first century. We tend to be ignorant of the history of Africa and of its great diversity of life. We hold stereotypes of a backward continent. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has invited its members and friends to embark on a journey… Read more »

On Building Peace in Iraq (2008) – resolution goes with study paper above

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), through the Office on the Middle East, the Iraq Partnership Network, and other programs, continues to lift up the plight of Iraqi refugees and displaced persons. Through the Peace Fund for Solidarity with the Churches of Iraq (Extra Commitment Opportunity account #E051722) and the Jinishian Memorial Program, the PC(USA) has also… Read more »