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Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns
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Sherri Pettway
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Louisville, KY 40202

Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns (ACREC)

Called to be “... doers of the word and not merely hearers ...” (James 1:22a)

ACREC maintains a strong prophetic witness to the church as an advocate for people of color, monitoring existing and emerging issues in the church and society as they impact our constituent communities. Issues include, but are not limited to, civil rights, racial justice, economic justice, public education, law enforcement, health care, employment, housing, immigration rights and environmental justice.

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ACREC Responds to the Verdict in Ferguson

The Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns expresses deep concern and holy outrage at the verdict given in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown. We lament that justice was denied for Michael Brown, his family, and the citizens of the U.S., especially people of color. A justice system that fails to indict a white officer standing trial for killing an unarmed 18-year-old black youth perpetuates the sin of racism in a society that fails to affirm that black lives matter...

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An Open Letter from ACREC on the 221st General Assembly's Divestment Action

It is with deep concern that we, the members of the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns, have recognized Israel’s practices and actions against the Palestinian people, both Christians and Muslims, and Israel’s physical changes to the land and infrastructure of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and its blockade and aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip constitute (as defined by the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (RSICC)) elements of crimes against humanity...

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ACREC 2013-2014 Meeting Summaries

The Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns uses its regularly scheduled meetings to explore a wide range of topics of special interest to the committee and its work. ACREC is committed to and has participated in Anti-Racism and Cultural Proficiency training at each of its meetings. The committee also hears and responds to reports at each meeting from all of the caucus/council/coordinating committee representatives and liaisons to and from other groups. At each meeting in Louisville, ACREC connects with the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Director of Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women, the Associate for Gender and Racial Justice, and the Racial Ethnic Leadership Development Manager, when possible. 

January 2014 Louisville, KY

January 2013 Louisville, KY

July 2013 Louisville, KY

November 2013 Dallas, TX

220th General Assembly (2012)

All of ACREC’s reports and resolutions and to the 220th General Assembly (2012) were approved, though some with edits. Learn more about them here:

A Review of Efforts Regarding Cultural Proficiency and Creating a Climate for Change in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 

A Resolution to Recognize the Commitment of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to Making Just Immigration a Reality

A Resolution on Racism, Incarceration and Restoration 

A Resolution to Recognize the Call to Prophetic Witness in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 

A Resolution on Workers’ Rights and Income Inequality 

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