Presbyterian Church (USA)
At the core of Presbyterian identity is a secure hope in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, a hope that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, empowers us to live lives of gratitude: “In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, the Church confesses that he is its hope, and that the Church, as Christ’s body, is bound to his authority and thus free to live in the lively, joyous reality of the grace of God.”
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Most of its work in the world is coordinated by the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA), which includes the REWIM office (Racial Equity & Women's Intercultural Ministries). A brief description of their work can be found on our website here. Much of PIN's work is done in coordination with REWIM. We also have a great deal in common with PMA's Matthew 25 invitation, as we describe here.
Presbyterians have historically believed that the church should be in the world, working to bring the kingdom of God into daily life, seeking justice on social issues. Way back in 1958, the General Assembly affirmed "its conviction that neither the Church as the body of Christ, nor Christians as individuals, can be neutral or indifferent toward evil in the world; affirms its responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the encouragement and instruction of the Church and its members, seeking earnestly both to know the mind of Christ and to speak always in humility and love; reminds the churches that their duty is not only to encourage and train their members in daily obedience to God’s will, but corporately to reveal God’s grace in places of suffering and need, to resist the forces that tyrannize, and to support the forces that restore the dignity of all men as the children of God, for only so is the gospel most fully proclaimed . . .”
You can read about the denomination's official stands on a wide variety of issues by going to their page on Social Issues, where there are links to many current concerns.
Recently the PC(USA) has initiated "A bold vision and invitation" with its Mathew 25 invitation to churches, councils, and seminaries. Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 2016 amd 2018 General Assemblies exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.
By accepting the Matthew 25 invitation, our denomination can become a more relevant presence in the world. We recognize Christ’s urgent call to be a church of action, where God’s love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious. And we rejoice how our re-energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission.