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Resources in Theology
There are many features of a liturgical service book (and the 2018 Book of Common Worship in particular) that, although they are often overlooked, can help to shape vibrant, active, and creative intergenerational worship. Here are a few of them.
The following ideas are offered for congregations as they navigate the return to public worship and seek to bridge online and in-person gatherings. These suggestions may need to be adapted for a particular context of ministry. They should be undertaken only insofar as local resources and current conditions allow.
How to Start a Prayer Group, including guidance for online gatherings.
Connecting with resources and things to consider as churches move towards gathering in person again.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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)
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 »