Christ ‘has given us the ministry of reconciliation’
"Recommend the 221st General Assembly (2014) direct the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly to engage in the process of working together with churches in the task of reconciliation, starting with visiting each presbytery and serving as a resource for each presbytery's discussion of these actions in congregations and the presbytery at-large and present voices of reconciliation for the unity of the church."
When the 221st General Assembly (2014) adjourned on June 21, a host of challenging issues had been carefully and prayerfully addressed, leading to momentous decisions that have the potential to impact our life together as one body in Christ.
Because the decisions of this Assembly have brought both great joy to some and great disappointment to others, attending to relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ will be especially important as we engage each other in a spirit of humility.
Union Presbyterian Seminary produced Division and Reunion: a Reflection on American Presbyterianism, a documentary narrated by lifelong Presbyterian Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
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Being Presbyterian is unique in many ways -- how the church is governed and how decisions are made, and by whom, for example. Watch this quick video that explains business at General Assembly.
Presbyterian Governance Comes to Life.
Can conflict be constructive? Christian leaders turn denominational battles into opportunities for transformation and reconciliation.
Hope in conflict
As Presbyterians, we are called to work for the “peace, unity and purity of the Church” (Book of Order) as we seek to be faithful to God’s work in the world. However, disagreements and conflicts are inevitable in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as we try to be faithful. They exist within committees, congregations, presbyteries, synods, at General Assemblies and in the national life of the denomination.
Seeking to be Faithful: Guidelines for Presbyterians in Times of Disagreement
The 220th General Assembly (2012) voted to begin the process of amending The Book of Confessions to include the Confession of Belhar (English, Spanish, Korean). Moderator Neal Presa appointed the Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar to study the confession and to provide education about the Confession of Belhar throughout the church.
Learn about the Confession of Belhar
Approved by the 217th General Assembly (2006) of the PC(USA) the Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church was directed to lead the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in spiritual discernment of our Christian identity in and for the 21st century, using a process which includes conferring with synods, presbyteries, and congregations seeking the peace, unity, and purity of the church. This discernment included but was not limited to issues of Christology, biblical authority and interpretation, ordination standards, and power.
Peace, Unity, and Purity
This worship resource focuses on reaffirming one’s baptismal covenant.
Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant