PCUSA Moderator and Princeton Seminary graduate Neal Presa (Class of 2004) has invited the church to study and reflect on the Heidelberg Catechism in the 52 weeks leading up to the convening of the 221st General Assembly in Detroit in June 2014. The Heidelberg Catechism was written in 1562 to ease tensions between Lutheran and Reformed Christians at the beginning of the Reformation. The catechism opens with two questions concerning the knowledge that our only comfort is Jesus Christ, and the affirmation frames the rest of the catechism.
The influence of the Heidelberg Catechism still guides the church’s teaching and preaching. Craig Barnes’s book and DVD Body and Soul: Reclaiming the Heidelberg Catechism explores the meaning of the catechism for today.