2013 Women of Color Consultation, Louisville, KY
Helping the PC(USA) become a gender-just church
The Office of Gender and Racial Justice assists the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in fulfilling its commitment to become an open, inclusive and racially just church through worship-based action. Worship-based action is founded upon a Reformed Biblical understanding of gender equality and justice. Read More
Meet the Associate for Gender and Racial Justice in the Presbyterian Mission Agency
Nancy Benson-Nicol is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and serves the Presbyterian Mission Agency as associate for gender and racial justice. She is the author of the 2012-2013 Horizons Bible Study Dispatches to God’s Household: The General Epistles. From 2006-2013, she served as university chaplain of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. Prior to that, Nancy served congregations in Arkansas and Michigan. Read More
2013 Women of Color Consultation
Louisville, KY–Over forty women from across the United States gathered in Louisville on Friday, October 13th to participate in the two-day 2013 Women of Color Consultation “Measure for Measure: Assessing the Impact of Hearing and Singing New Songs to God.” They departed on Sunday afternoon, filled with gratitude to one another for committing to a time of sharing, truth-telling, listening, educating, laughing, mentoring, celebrating, and worshiping. Read More
The Racial Ethnic Torch
In this issue, you will meet Native American leaders who are transforming the church even as they are themselves being transformed. You will learn about significant achievements by racial ethnic congregations and interest groups, exciting new additions to our ministry staff, and upcoming events. Download here
Celebrate the Gifts of Women
In 2013, Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday honors women through whom God is transforming the church in an emerging era. Your congregation or women’s groups may use this resource on any day that you choose. The resource also includes a worship service with a call to worship, prayer of confession, suggested hymns, suggested scripture readings and a litany of remembrance and renewal, preaching and program suggestions, and recommended resources for further study.
Well Chosen Words
Well Chosen Words, a guide to understanding and using inclusive language, developed by the Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries/PW ministry area in consultation with the Advocacy Committee on Women’s Concerns, cites Galatians 3:27-28 in which Paul asserts, “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ ... for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Inclusive language allows all God’s children to be one in Christ Jesus.
The guide encourages language choices that proclaim the fullness of God, outlining traditional depictions as well as newer images to describe God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Addressing Violence Against Women and Children on the Mexico-U.S. Border
DO NOT ERASE
Just across the U.S. border in Juarez, Mexico, women have been abused, tortured, and murdered. Learn about their plight and what YOU can do to help them.
Complete a Gender Equity Audit
A HELPFUL ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR CONGREGATIONS AND MID COUNCILS
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is committed to gender justice and intentional change that encourages the full participation of women in the leadership of the church. In adopting the report Hearing and Singing New Songs to God: Shunning Old Discords and Sharing New Harmonies, the 218th General Assembly (2008) called for the church to be transformed by focusing on the intersections of gender, race, power and privilege.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency is engaged in advocacy for women and in gender justice ministries. The office supporting the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (ACWC) is located in the Executive Director’s office. Please contact Courtney J. Hoekstra, the Associate for Advocacy Committee Support for more information.