In this lay-friendly introduction to what it means to be a Presbyterian, Louis B. Weeks explains the life, history, tradition, and beliefs of the Presbyterian Church. More than providing just a brief overview, Weeks ties his explanations to actual congregational situations. Each chapter begins with an anecdote and then examines the theme in the following pages. It is ideal for new-member classes and for those who seek a refresher course on Presbyterianism.
Originally publishing this volume in 1983, Weeks has updated many of the original anecdotes and added material to reflect decades of change in the PC(USA). New materials address the following concepts, among others: growth in spiritual practices and changes in hymnody; ecotheology; the adoption of A Brief Statement of Faith; the growth of Reformed churches overseas and their influence on the Reformed world; and the growing emphasis on interfaith issues. The last two chapters address recent conflict in the church.