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Resources in Theology

The Belhar Confession

The full version of the Confession of Belhar, originally published September 1986. This version was added to the Book of Confessions in 2016 by the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at its meeting in Portland, Oregon. This is a translation of the original Afrikaans text of the confession as it was adopted… Read more »

Nuestro camino difícil: La fidelidad, el sexo, la ordenación y el matrimonio

La Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.), en sus decisiones recientes acerca de la ordenación y del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, está tratando de trazar un camino hacia adelante que es retador. Hemos decidido no declarar, como denominación si las relaciones sexuales entre personas de un mismo sexo pueden ser (dentro de ciertas condiciones como… Read more »

우리가 선택한 도전의 길: 충실함, 성, 안수 및 결혼

미국 장로교는 안수 및 동성 결혼에 대한 최근의 결정들 속에서 도전의 길을 헤치고 앞으로 나아가려는 시도를 하고 있다. 우리는 한 교단으로서 동성간의 성적 관계들 (특정한 조건 하에서: 결혼 관계나 어떤 형태로든지 명백한 헌신적 관계 하에서)을 기독교 신앙에 충실하고 거룩한 것으로 여겨야 할지 말지에 관해 선포하지 않기로 결정했다. 우리는 이러한 입장을 두 번 취했다: 안수와 관련하여… Read more »

Our Challenging Way: Faithfulness, Sex, Ordination and Marriage

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in recent decisions on ordination and same-gender marriage, is attempting to map a challenging way forward. We have decided not to declare as a denomination whether same-gender sexual relationships are to be regarded as faithful and holy. We have set ourselves on this way twice: regarding ordination and regarding marriage. This… Read more »

Presbyterian Church(USA) Comparison Chart

Presbyterian Church(USA) Comparison Chart Comparison of Basic Beliefs and Viewpoints of Three Presbyterian Denominations: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PCUSA), Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO), and Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) At the request of mid council leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this comparison chart has been developed. Every effort has been made to make this as accurate as possible, using the official documents of each denomination as sources. (November 10, 2015)

Belhar Confession Historical Context by Jack Rogers

The Dutch Reformed Churches in South Africa traditionally had Three Standards of Unity: The Belgic Confession (1561), The Heidelberg Catechism (1563) and The Canons of Dort (1618-1619). In their original European context these documents asserted that Protestant Christians were not anarchists, but were good citizens, willing to obey the government of the land. These confessions from the… Read more »

Sanctify Them in the Truth

Some rejoice, others lament. There has been widespread reaction the passage of Amendment 10A which changes the language of our ordination standards in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).   The office of Theology and Worship has produced an interpretive piece that considers the theological and ecclesial issues raised by this new constitutional language, on the gifts and… Read more »

Lesson Plans for CRE Worship Class

A lesson plan for a weekly retreat and bible study, developed by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen, associate for worship, PC(USA). The Office of Theology and Worship has put together resources for a mini-course on worship that can be used for Commissioned Ruling Elder education, study for worship ordination exams, elder education, and/or a Christian education course on… Read more »

Ecumenical Shape of Baptism and Eucharist

An ecumenical outline of the Eucharist and baptism. The Office of Theology and Worship has put together resources for a mini-course on worship that can be used for Commissioned Ruling Elder education, study for worship ordination exams, elder education, and/or a Christian education course on worship. See the full collection of these resources.

Four-Fold Order of Worship brochure

A brief explanation about the Four-Fold Order of Worship. The Office of Theology and Worship has put together resources for a mini-course on worship that can be used for Commissioned Ruling Elder education, study for worship ordination exams, elder education, and/or a Christian education course on worship. See the full collection of these resources.