Amendments to the Constitution


The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) consists of several parts. The first volume is The Book of Confessions, the second (consisting of the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, Form of Government, Directory for Worship, and Rules of Discipline) is called the Book of Order.

Proposed amendments to the Constitution

Amendments to the Constitution part 1 – Heidelberg Catechism – to be voted on at the April 23, 2013 meeting of Lehigh Presbytery.  A Brief Study of the Heidelberg Catechism was held on March 26th. To view that discussion please click on the link below.

Heidelberg – Comparison of Current & Proposed changes to the catechism.

Amendments to the Constitution part 2 – were voted on in the affirmative at the February 26, 2013 meeting of Lehigh Presbytery

 Article by Carson Rhyne – How shalt thou vote? – An analysis of proposed amendments to the PC(USA) Constitution. Article was in the Presbyterian Outlook, December 24, 2012.


A Brief Study of the Heidelberg Catechism on March 26 at 12:30 p.m.

At the April meeting of Lehigh Presbytery, commissioners will be asked to vote on proposed changes to the Heidelberg Catechism, one of eleven foundational documents found in our Book of Confessions. Whether you will be voting or not, any change to this first part of our Constitution ought to be taken seriously by all of us.

On the afternoon of March 26, the Rev. Dr. Brett Hendrickson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lafayette College and member of Lehigh Presbytery, spoke on:

  • the role of the Confessions in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.);
  • the Heidelberg Catechism itself; and
  • the nature of translation and the issues raised by the proposed amendment.

You can view this discussion by clicking the following link:

Thank you to the Synod of the Trinity for providing this electronic access.

You can read the Heidelberg Catechism in the Book of Confessions, at


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