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Merge proposal: The Service for the Lord's Day[edit]

The article, The Service for the Lord's Day is written almost like a how-to guide and details a narrow, very variable part of the topic of Presbyterian Church (USA). Its contents could easily be summarized in the #Worship section of this article. Intelligentsium 22:42, 27 November 2009 (UTC)

I agree. However, I would ask if "The Service for the Lord's Day" is similar in other Presbyterian Churches, and if it is, would it be appropriate to make the article more about Presbyterians in general? If not and then yes this should be merged with this article in my opinion. Ltwin (talk) 20:26, 28 November 2009 (UTC)
I also agree. The Service for the Lord's Day in BCW (1993) reflects the revision of the Directory for Worship, which gives the theological and structural mandates for PC(USA) congregations. If this article is to be helpful and add depth to the PC(U.S.A.) link/merger, then it needs to be less an outline and more an article on the Directory for Worship.--Cdboyd1 (talk) 00:26, 4 December 2009 (UTC)
  • Discussion restored from Archive 2 -- Wbm1058 (talk) 16:35, 30 March 2013 (UTC)

Help for Bible work[edit]

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Split out history[edit]

If we're considering the PC(USA) to have been established in 1983, then the history section shouldn't be an overview of Presbyterianism in the US. I think there should be a Presbyterianism in the United States article, so I'd like to split out most of the history material from here and just overview the events leading up to the formation of the PC(USA) here. --JFH (talk) 16:07, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

While the PC(USA) by that name did not exist until 1983, it isn't quite right that its history starts there. It is the continuation of its parent denominations. It has continued in its enumeration of the General Assemblies, for example, and keeps reporting in the minutes each GA the list of former moderators including all from the parent denominations. Furthermore, it continues to struggle with some of the same issues it has since long before 1983. The history of the parent denominations is a big part of the history of the current denomination. That said, I would welcome a Presbyterianism in the United States article, and a reference to that article would justify shortening the section here. Sterrettc (talk) 18:03, 19 June 2013 (UTC)
Why not simply provide an overview of the pre-merger history and simply link to all the predecessor churches (which all have articles by the way) that way if people want to delve further into, say, the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy, they can link to that article as well as the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America article. All of the pre-merger bodies have articles, and all of them could use some work and expansion. Also, I think the broader article would be great, but it shouldn't just be a detailed history of PC(USA) because that is not the only strand of Presbyterianism in the US. Ltwin (talk) 08:26, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
yes the point is that the subject here is a body formed in 1983, so we only need a brief overview section, otherwise it becomes a WP: CONTENTFORK --JFH (talk) 14:44, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Notable congregation list[edit]

I just removed some congregations (unfortunately, forgot to log in) from the list of notable congregations as they lacked any citation for notability. My personal feeling is that any redlinks should be removed from that section, as it seems the only reason they're included at all is because they're on the PCUSA-published list of 15 largest congregations. Congregation size does not necessarily establish notability, unless I'm gravely mistaken. Please let me know if you disagree. Velinath (talk) 16:09, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Misleading Presentation of Presbyterian Lay Committee Links[edit]

Two links to layman.org (Presbyterian Lay Committee) are given inline in the Presbyterian_Church_(U.S.A.)#20th_century_to_the_present section, in sentences that present them as neutral sources of information: "These changes have led to several renewal movements and denominational splinters. Some conservative-minded groups in the PC(USA), such as the Confessing church movement and the Presbyterian Lay Commmittee (formed in the mid-1960s) have remained in the main body, rather than leaving to form new, break-away groups. See here for details.", where "here" links to the Presbyterian Lay Committe's own about us page. Including a link to that page may be useful, but linking to it with a mere "See here for details" does not seem like Wikipedia:NPOV. Similarly, in the Presbyterian_Church_(U.S.A.)#Breakaway_Presbyterian_denominations section, a chart from the Presbyterian Lay Committee is linked in the sentence "A chart comparing PC(USA), EPC, and ECO may be found here". The chart cites no sources and is presented with no context, but it appears to be advocacy material for ECO, not a neutral reference (example: The field addressing LGBTQ ordination is titled "Ordination only of those striving to live in obedience to Scripture and Confessional standards including: Fidelity in marriage between a man and a women or chastity in singleness". The field addressing women's ordination is titled "Ordination of women"). I'm not much of a Wikipedian or PC(USA) historian (I was reading this article to learn about PC(USA) history!), but I am hoping those of you who are more of either of those things can help resolve this. Thanks, Anonyaad (talk) 07:22, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

People are still trying to use links from the Layman.org blog as well. I think we should remind people that they are an anti-PC(USA) source and that only PC(USA) associated or neutral/objective sources should be used. SeminarianJohn (talk) 01:15, 25 May 2016 (UTC)

Palestine-Israel[edit]

I have added a short referenced section on the controversy generated by 'Zionism unsettled', including quotes by well known critics.Cpsoper (talk) 21:48, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

Requested move 2 August 2015[edit]

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The result of the move request was: Move. Cúchullain t/c 14:49, 17 August 2015 (UTC)



Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Presbyterian Church (USA) – The official website does not spell it with periods. – Illegitimate Barrister 10:04, 2 August 2015 (UTC) – Illegitimate Barrister 10:04, 2 August 2015 (UTC) --Relisted. Natg 19 (talk) 06:46, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

I believe we should keep the current title as is. The organization's name is stylized in different ways in different places on the website, for example. In addition, the official documents, such as the Book of Order, features the periods as part of the name. Ltwin (talk) 10:41, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment I think that a look at general Ngrams for usa,u.s.a. is generally supportive of the change. The U.S. is typically presented as "U.S." but the USA is typically presented as the "USA". GregKaye 22:16, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Support per nom. The common abbreviation for the country is without full stops. How it's stylised on their website is irrelevant. -- Necrothesp (talk) 13:28, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment The official website spells it with periods in the website front page title. However, the logo doesn't include any periods. The logo would seem to be a more hardened representation of what the organization intends. On the other hand, they use periods in official documents per Ltwin. I might bend toward Necrothesp's position, but only if we show an alternative like, "sometimes stylized as Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)". Stevie is the man! TalkWork 11:38, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
    • I don't think we need to. We don't usually add "also stylised as" every time we include an abbreviation without the full stops. Everyone knows they can be written either way. We do assume our readers have some common sense. It's like people only known by their initials. Our house style is to use full stops. Many people (including me) wouldn't naturally use full stops and many publications (like the BBC, for instance) don't use them in their house style. However, we don't write "John James Smith, usually known as J. J. Smith, sometimes stylised as J J Smith". It's obvious. It doesn't need saying. -- Necrothesp (talk) 12:53, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
      • In this specific case, I disagree, because it's styled differently within the entity itself, and that is how the alternative should be framed. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 14:15, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
Stevietheman a search on site:www.pcusa.org "Presbyterian Church" demonstrates both usages. GregKaye 09:47, 10 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Support as per me (lol), Necrothesp and image search on Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) GregKaye 09:38, 10 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment, also if I may add, WP:NOTUSA states that periods should not be used in abbreviations of three letters or more. They should only be used for two-letter abbreviations. – Illegitimate Barrister, 03:00, 11 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Support with the caveat that the article indicates that the "U.S.A." presentation is oftentimes used by the organization. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 12:39, 11 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Support; also support Presbyterian Church (United States). "U.S.A." is not allowed per our Manual of Style. ONR (talk) 18:25, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
    • That's initially what I thought, until I realised the church uses "USA" in parentheses in its own name. Better to use natural disambiguation here. -- Necrothesp (talk) 21:21, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

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Inactive and Active Members[edit]

I think editors should be reminded that the PC(USA) has both active and inactive members.[1] So, when the 2015 statistic finds 1.6 million active members, that means there are also inactive. In 2012, the PC(USA) reported 1.9 million active and a total of 2.8 million according to the Yearbook of Canadian and American Churches.[2] From 2011 to 2016 the Jewish Council on Public Affairs included information from the PC(USA) which also found up to 3 million total members.[3] In looking, 2012 is the most up to date I have found for total membership and 2012 is more than recent enough for statistical purposes. If anyone can help find a more recent, although that's fairly recent, finding on total members, both inactive and active, it would be very much appreciated! Also, here is a good explanation for what it means to be 'inactive' "Inactive roll: The inactive roll lists the names of members of the church, who, in the judgment of session, have willfully let their active membership in the church lapse. The person must have been inactive for at least one year and session must have diligently tried to discover the cause of the members' non-participation."[4] SeminarianJohn (talk) 06:09, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

What do any reliable sources say about active and inactive membership in the PCUSA? Peace, MPS (talk) 13:23, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

The one I cited on the definition is an official presbytery document and gives a good explanation on the distinction between the two categories. I think I included one from pcusa.org too but I will check to see.Peace back. Here is one source, from the PC(USA) in 2014, saying that there are 2.8 million total members.[5] SeminarianJohn (talk) 03:00, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

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Puritans[edit]

Is this sentence accurate: "Another source of growth were a number of New England Puritans who left the churches because they preferred presbyterian polity." From what I read on the Puritan page, that wasn't an official denomination, so there were Puritans who attended Presbyterian churches, as I understand it (they didn't leave "their churches"). But I'm no expert on that.Nerfer (talk) 00:15, 29 October 2017 (UTC)

@Nerfer: Not sure what you mean by saying Puritanism "wasn't an official denomination." The New England Puritans were Congregationalists (see Congregationalism in the United States). They had the Cambridge Platform and the Savoy Declaration outlining what they believed, which was the same thing as Presbyterians since both groups were Calvinists. As congregationalists, each church was self-governing. Therefore, if you were a Puritan you believed the same thing as Presbyterians, but your church did not utilize presbyterian polity. If you were a Puritan who wanted more "centralization" in your church government, then it would be natural for you to become a Presbyterian. Later, in fact, the Congregationalists (descended from Puritans) entered into the Plan of Union of 1801 with the Presbyterian Church for a number of years since there were so few differences between them. Ltwin (talk) 01:06, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
I was looking at the last paragraph of the overview on Puritans, starting with "The Puritans were never a formally defined sect or religious division within Protestantism,..." I'm no expert on this, but the way I read it was you could be both a Presbyterian and a Puritan, so they didn't necessarily "leave" their Puritan churches. I like your explanation better.Nerfer (talk) 20:16, 3 November 2017 (UTC)
@Nerfer: OK. I think they are talking about Puritanism in England, which actually did tend towards Presbyterianism (the Westminster Confession was written by Puritans). However, Puritans who chose to settle in America were all Congregationalists. Ltwin (talk) 21:19, 3 November 2017 (UTC)