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Work was assigned to ACSWP by the 218th General Assembly (2008) on issues of gun violence, public education, HIV/AIDS and theology of compensation. Information will be provided on these issues as it is available.


ACSWP At The 2014 General Assembly: Reports Approved

One Person In Particular Thanked by ACSWP Co-Chairs and Staff

Midway through the General Assembly meeting in June, almost thirty people gathered for an emotional dinner in one of the conventional center backrooms. Appropriately enough, there was no alcohol but the toasts and farewell speeches were heartfelt. The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, the body that produced the largest number of reports to the General Assembly (8), plus numerous “Advice & Counsel” memos on social witness related matters, was gathered to say thank you to a Southern Baptist woman who had worked for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for almost 21 years as an administrative assistant.

Ms. Bonnie Hoff was accompanied by her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, who had come up with her to see one last General Assembly. Bonnie’s service had helped her son become a church-based graphic artist and her daughter become a professor of mission at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, and she herself earned her BA going to night school over many years. Like Bonnie, many of the Louisville support staff are not Presbyterians, yet serve our church with great dedication.

 Read more about the reports and other actions taken at the Assembly. 


Approved by the 220th General Assembly (2012)

World of Hurt, Word of Life: Renewing God’s Communion in the Work of Economic Reconstruction   

Human Rights Update 2012   

For Human Rights and Civic Freedom: Movements for Democratic Change in the Arab World

ACSWP Agency Summary


Read ACSWP staff articles

Coordinator’s articles

New decade, national mission and the suburban archipelago
Presbyterian Outlook, January 10, 2010

Calvin and the economy: His 16th century Reformed ethics fit well in the 21st
Presbyterians Today, Dec. 4, 2009

The General Assembly and the general election
Presbyterian Outlook 10/27/2008

In Memoriam: Swiss Calvin Scholar Andre Bieler, 1914–2006, Perspectives, May 2007.

Bill Thompson, Choice, and Balance: An After-remembrance Reflection, Perspectives, March 2007.

Eugene Carson Blake’s Social Creed: Leadership and Content, Perspectives, Nov. 2006.

A brief review of the Christian Faith and The truth Behind 9/11, Presbyterian Outlook, 10/9/2006.

Israel, Palestine, the General Assembly, and Personal Perception, Presbyterian Outlook, 8/16/2006.

Presbyterian International Justice Witness Post-Lebanon Invasion II,  Presbyterian Outlook, 6/12/2006.

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