In 2015 the General Assembly adopted the following motion:
Recommendation No. 5: That the Committee on Church Doctrine and the Life and Mission Agency (Justice Ministries) prepare a joint study guide on the topics of human sexuality, sexual orientation and other related matters raised in the overtures to be posted on the church’s website by the end of October, 2015 and that congregations, sessions, presbyteries and synods be invited to share the result of their conversation with both the Committee on Church Doctrine and Life and Mission Agency (Justice Ministries) prior to March 31, 2016.
To accomplish the General Assembly’s decision, a Design Team of members representing the Life and Mission Agency Committee and the Committee on Church Doctrine was established to serve as an editorial body for the writer of the study guide, Body, Mind and Soul – Study Guide on Human Sexuality.
This Study Guide is not a doctrinal statement. Its purpose is to promote and facilitate informed conversation about the topic of human sexuality and sexual orientation in The Presbyterian Church in Canada. In addition, the Study Guide is intended to help people become aware of what the PCC currently says about the topic, drawn from Acts and Proceedings and approved documents such as The Social Action Handbook. Thirdly, the Study Guide is designed to invite people and groups throughout the PCC into prayerful consideration of the matters regarding human sexuality that have been placed before us by the overtures received by the 141st General Assembly.
The complete Study Guide consists of the main document and supplemental handouts. Both the main document and supplemental handouts are combined in one PDF that is available below to download and print. Alternatively, printed copies are also available to order online using the online order form, sending an email or calling 1-800-619-7301 ext. 331. The cost for a printed publication is $11.50 for the Study Guide (main document) and $3.45 for the Booklet (supplemental handouts).
Study Guide Survey
The Study Guide Survey can be found both online and at the end of the study guide, by which feedback from group discussions will be collected. Individuals are also welcome to send in their comments. The Study Guide Survey is available in three formats: as an online survey to submit directly online, as a fillable PDF survey, or a printed form to write in comments and mail by post.
Option 1: Complete the Survey and Submit Online
Body, Mind and Soul online survey
Option 2: Download the fillable PDF Survey
Option 3: Print the Survey
Found on page 117 in the Study Guide, write your responses in the spaces provided and mail the completed survey to:
Human Sexuality Study Guide
c/o The Presbyterian Church in Canada
50 Wynford Drive
Toronto, ON M3C 1J7
In November, the Rev. Karen Horst, Moderator of the 141st General Assembly, wrote a pastoral letter to the church about the discussion the denomination is having about human sexuality.
The Committee on Church Doctrine published a letter in February, 2016 about maters related to the discussions about sexuality in the church.
Over the past many years as noted in the guide the PCC has produced a number of documents, statements and guides related to Human Sexuality. They and other related material can be found here.