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Resources in Social witness

For Human Rights and Civic Freedom: Movements for Democratic Change in the Arab World

The Arab Awakening (or Spring) revealed a thirst for dignity and freedom long suppressed by dictators, some supported by the US. Sensitive to Muslim-Christian differences on the relationship of religious and political institutions, this resolution by the 2012 General Assembly presents Reformed Christian principles for encouraging democratic rule and recommendations for shifting US foreign policy… Read more »

The Divestment Strategy: Principles and Criteria

Divestment Strategy: Principles and Criteria (1984). This General Assembly study of the moral grounds for selling securities examines trusteeship and the interplay of integrity, effectiveness, and church purposes (including solidarity). It followed Military-Related Investment Guidelines (1982) and preceded the 1985 “selective, phased” divestment of securities in firms supporting apartheid in South Africa.

Justice and Peace Links—United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2012

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is an annual meeting of nongovernmental organizations committed to ensuring women’s equality and promoting women’s rights in the resolutions and work of United Nations member states. Representatives of Presbyterian Women attended this meeting in 2012, focusing on rural women, empowerment, poverty reduction and rural development. Read… Read more »

The Power to Speak Truth to Power

A Public Policy Statement on Energy, Its Production and Use, Adopted by the !21st (1981) General Assembly,Presbyterian Church in the U.S., and by the 193rd ( 1981) General Assembly, United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.;with a Background Analysis, by Robert L. Stivers, Commended for Study in Connection with the Public PolicyStatement.

Neither Poverty Nor Riches: Compensation, Equity, and the Unity of the Church

Neither Poverty Nor Riches: Compensation, Equity, and the Unity of the Church This report, approved by the 219th General Assembly (2010), responds to the assignment to “provide theological guidance to church and society with regard particularly to the impact of secular market assumptions on the compensation practices of the PC(USA).” It contains recommendations for building solidarity in the ministry by lessening inequality and increasing accountability in presbyteries… Read more »

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

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

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.

Justice and Peace Links—Words Matter

Words can hurt, words can heal, and words shape our realities, coloring the ways we experience the world. They are the tools we use to interpret our experiences, to relate to one another, and to build a relationship with God.  Learn more about Words Matter, an ecumenical project to reinvigorate deeper conversations about the power… Read more »