Social Creed for the 21st Century
Recommended Web Resources
Presbyterian Social Witness Policy Compilation
The Presbyterian Social Witness Policy Compilation is a compendium of social witness policies adopted by the General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations. The Presbyterian Social Witness Policy Compilation presents each policy statement, resolution, or commissioners’ resolution in groups of similar actions. Its excerpts summarize the teaching ministry of the church on given topics and connect them to the church’s larger vision of social righteousness.
Globethics.net is a global network of persons and institutions interested in various fields of applied ethics. It offers access to a large number of resources on ethics, especially through its leading global digital ethics library and facilitates collaborative web-based research, conferences, online publishing and information sharing.
This PHEWA online resource center provides information, practical resources, and contacts for each of the ten PHEWA networks. Highlights include 12 step resources for individuals and congregations struggling with addiction; extensive resources for dealing with domestic violence (such as safety plans for children and a report on the intersection with human trafficking); AIDS/HIV worship resources; and support resources for military veterans.
Union Seminary Quarterly Review
USQR was founded in 1939 as a platform for inspired and socially-engaged religious thought. Prominent contributors in the early days of the review included Reinhold Neibuhr, Paul Tillich, and Martin Buber. As a continuation of the intellectual rigor and creative voice that characterized our rich history, USQR has expanded its vision to embrace a multicultural outlook in theology and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religion. Reflecting this new perspective, it has featured articles and book reviews by established and emergent biblical scholars, historians, ethicists, theologians, and other academic, church and social commentators.
Study Papers and Policy Statements
- Costly Lessons of the Iraq War
- Resolution Against Torture
- Resolution on Violence, Religion, and Terrorism
- Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call
- Struck Down but not Destroyed: From Hurricane Katrina to a More Equitable Future
- Living through Economic Crisis: The Church’s Witness in Troubled Times
- From Homelessness to Hope: Constructing Just, Sustainable Communities for All God’s People
- Neither Poverty Nor Riches: Compensation, Equity, and the Unity of the Church
- God’s Work in Women’s Hands: Pay Equity and Just Compensation
- Salt and Light – The Gifts of Women
- Becoming an AIDS and HIV Competent Church
- Comfort My People: A Policy Statement on Serious Mental Illness
- The Power to Change: U.S. Energy Policy and Global Warming
- Report on Human Rights in Colombia
- Cobb, John B. Jr (ed.). Progressive Christians Speak: A Different Voice on Faith and Politics. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.
- Dommen, Edward and James D. Pratt (eds.). John Calvin Rediscovered: The Impact of His Social and Economic Thought. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.
- Harper, Nile. Journeys into Justice: Religious Collaboratives Working for Social Transformation. Minneapolis: Bascom Hill Publishing Group, 2009.
- Hedges, Chris. Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America. New York: Free Press, 2005.
- Hessel, Dieter T. (ed.). Social Themes of the Christian Year: A Commentary on the Lectionary. Philadelphia: The Geneva Press, 1983.
- ——–The Church’s Public Role. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993.
- Howell, Leon and Vivian Lindermayer (eds.). Ethics in the Present Tense: Readings from Christianity and Crisis (1966-1991). New York: Friendship Press, 1991.
- Iosso, Christian and Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty (eds.). Prayers for the New Social Awakening: Inspired by the New Social Creed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
- Krehbiel, Jeffrey K. Reflecting with Scripture on Community Organizing. Chicago: Acta Publications, 2010.
- Lou, Martha and Lemmon Stohlman. John Witherspoon: Parson, Politician, Patriot. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1976.
- Owensby, Walter L. Economics for Prophets: A Primer on Concepts, Realities, and Values in Our Economic System. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1988.
- Peters, Rebecca Todd and Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty (eds.). To Do Justice: A Guide for Progressive Christians. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
- Stone, Ronald H. and Dana Wilbanks (eds.). The Peacemaking Struggle: Militarism & Resistance. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1985.
- Stout, Jeffrey. Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.
- The Poverty Initiative. A New and Unsettling Force: Reigniting Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign. New York: The Poverty Initiative, 2009.
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