Resources and links
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.
Gender Equity Audits allow the church to assess its partnership in this effort. A gender equity audit is a tool to collect comprehensive, accurate and timely information on the status of women in an organization. This tool has been specifically designed to assess the implementation of policies and procedures related to achieving gender and racial equality in the PC(USA.).
We strongly encourage congregations, mid councils, and the larger church to use the results of this audit in prayerful discernment as you plan for the future.
Congregational Gender Equity Audit
Presbytery Gender Equity Audit
The Women of Color Consultation Task Force Report - Hearing and Singing New Songs to God: Shunning Old Discords and Sharing New Harmonies
The Women of Color Consultation Task Force Report was approved at 218th General Assembly. Some highlights of the report include:
A call for transformation of the church, focusing on the intersections of gender, race and class.
Direct the General Assembly Mission Council, in consultation with Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns and Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns, to expand on the basic antiracism training to include modules on the intersectionality of race, gender and class and provide focused training on internalized oppression and privilege.
Seek inclusivity with equity: moving beyond tokenism in the participation of women of color of all ages to valuing and embracing the gifts they bring to the life of the whole church.
Adopting an understanding of shared power as a fundamental element of community. Download Resources
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. Download Resource
Check out these websites of interest to women
- Presbyterian Women
- Office of Public Witness
- Office of Racial Justice Ministries
- Office of Young Women's Leadership Development
- AllWomen in the Church
Issues in focus
Get in depth information on advocacy issues that affect women as well as ways that you can get involved to make a change.
Order free resources on reproductive options
In response to an action of the 218th General Assembly (2008) directing “the appropriate PC(USA) entities to redevelop congregational resource materials, on the subject of reproductive options, to more adequately reflect the full spectrum of biblical, theological, and pastoral counsel, while remaining consistent with the policy of the 1992 report of the Special Committee on Problem Pregnancies and Abortion and the 2006 policy on Late-Term Pregnancies and Abortion,” the Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women ministry area of the General Assembly Mission Council has redeveloped the following four brochures, which replace the previous versions. Order them from the church store.
Turn Mourning Into Dancing!
A Policy Statement on Healing Domestic Violence and Study Guide
Turn Mourning Into Dancing, approved by the 213th General Assembly (2001), explores the root causes of domestic violence and the church’s complicity and response to the problem. The term “domestic violence” in this policy statement and its rationale is used as an inclusive term to broadly encompass the abuse found in child/child, parent/child, spouse/spouse, partner/partner and adult child/aging parent relationships as well as violence that occurs in sibling and dating relationships. Three clear goals are advocated: first, to protect the victims from further abuse; second, stop the abuser’s violence and hold the abuser accountable; and third, restore the family relationship if possible or mourn the loss of relationship. A churchwide, community-based response strategy is presented and a study and action guide is included.
Training Curriculum on Sexual Abuse by Clergy
Produced by the Center for Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, this is a comprehensive trainer's curriculum which includes background and scope of problem factors in crossing boundaries, ethical analysis of the issues, prevention and intervention. The kit includes two videos, study guides, brochures, trainer’s notebook, extensive background materials and a workshop manual.
Call (800) 728-7228, x5382 for more information or borrowing arrangements.