Confession of Belhar approved by presbyteries

April 23, 2015


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted through its presbyteries to add the Confession of Belhar to The Book of Confessions. The final step will be a vote at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) meeting June 18–25 in Portland, Oregon. View a video message from the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, which also is available in Spanish:[Español] and Korean[한국어]. Share those videos, as well as other Belhar resources available at

Confession of Belhar approved by presbyteries from Office of the General Assembly on Vimeo.


Affirming our commitment to unity, reconciliation, and justice, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted through our presbyteries to add the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions. The final step will be a vote at the next General Assembly. Done in a spirit of shalom and with a desire for wholeness, the church has said we acknowledge this confession to be relevant for such a time as this in the life of this denomination, and that we diligently desire to live into it as part of the body of Christ.

We recognize our need to confess the ways this denomination has contributed to racism historically and even still today, and mourn all the ways we have fallen short. We believe this Confession, appropriated for this time and place, can bring about reconciliation and justice, and allow us to more fully follow Jesus in ministry and mission.

I commend each presbytery and congregation that took time to carefully study Belhar, and invite the whole church now to find unique and contextual ways to incorporate it into your journey. Various resources are available at

Grace and Peace!

  1. Why does the PCUSA deem it necessary to include the BELHAR CONFESSION in our Book of Confessions?

    by Joe LEBLANC

    June 23, 2016

  2. Belhar is a moving and contemporary confession. I commend its study to all our Presbyterian Churches. It has implications for deepening our peacemaking work and our striving for bolder economic justice drives toward reducing inequality in our church and society.

    by Ronald Stone

    July 30, 2015

  3. Katherine, it looks like San Gabriel is voting on the constitutional amendments at the May 2 meeting.

    by James K

    April 25, 2015

  4. "We believe in one holy, universal Christian church, the communion of saints called from the entire human family." Alleluia! Amen.

    by James K

    April 25, 2015

  5. Praise be to the one who has reconciled with His creation, so that we can reconcile with one another.

    by Dingane Mosili

    April 23, 2015

  6. can you show me when San Gabriel Presbytery voted on this ? Did not remember voting on it. Thanks.

    by katherine C.

    April 23, 2015

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