Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries
In Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, we engage the Church in its mission to become more diverse and inclusive of racial, ethnic, cultural and language groups, and we equip women for leadership in all ministries of the Church.
Meet the Director
Rev. Dr. Rhashell d. Hunter
The Reverend Doctor Rhashell D. Hunter is the Director of Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries in the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Prior to joining the Presbyterian Mission Agency, she served as Pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Flint, Michigan, from 1998 to 2007, and she was Associate Pastor for Worship, Music and the Arts at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, from 1993 to 1998. She is past Moderator of the Synod of the Covenant. Read more.
From The Director
Ask Me Why You Matter to Me
Ask Me Why You Matter to Me is a campaign to recommit Presbyterians to racial justice and the faithful proclamation that the lives of people of color matter.
I give you another commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another. -- John 13:34
In scripture, our creeds and confessions and in our form of government, the church affirms its intention to embrace the wonderous diversity God created.
... God overcomes the barriers between sisters and brothers and breaks down every form of discrimination based on racial or ethnic difference, real or imaginary. The church is called to bring all people to receive and uphold one another as persons in all relationships of life: in employment, housing, education, leisure, marriage, family, church, and the exercise of political rights (Confessions of 1967, inclusive language text). Read more.
Intercultural Ministries: The Next Stepping Stone to Diversity in the Church
While the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) continues to be largely European American, there is rapid growth in the church among immigrants and in some racial ethnic congregations. As the church evolves, we continue to explore what it means to worship and live in an intercultural context.
In order to define what it means to be intercultural, we must first understand the fundamentals that led us here – foundations that were laid in multicultural and intercultural communities and ministry.
In multicultural communities we live alongside one another, much like season ticket holders at a sporting event. We sit next to one another and cheer for the same team, sharing a common interest or identifier, standing or sitting side-by-side, at times in isolation of one another. In these communities, we value tolerance and celebrate one another’s culturally distinctive cuisine, dress, etc. in a polite social interaction, yet don’t necessarily address power differentials and don’t always allow for exchange between different cultural groups.
In cross-cultural communities, more effort is made to reach across boundaries. We try to build bridges between cultural communities by sharing, listening learning and being open to changing. Cross-culturalism is distinct from multiculturalism. Whereas multiculturalism deals with cultural diversity within a particular nation or group, cross-culturalism addresses the exchange beyond the boundaries of the nation or cultural group. However, power differentials still may not be addresses, and may only allow for limited learning or exchanges between groups. Cultural differences may be understood, but may also be managed in a way that doesn’t necessarily allow for individual or collective transformation.
Moving one step further, we shift to intercultural ministries. In intercultural communities, we find comprehensive mutuality, reciprocity and equality. Justice defines our societal structures, and we find respect, equality, understanding and celebration through mutually beneficial relationships among and between cultures. We find that people from intercultural communities interact with one another and learn and grow together.
As a denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) continues to work to create intercultural communities where everyone can participate fully. Through the work of a the Office of Intercultural Ministries, we will:
- Offer Intercultural competency trainings
- Provide workshops to assist in developing vision and strategic approaches to building diversity
- Identify resources for congregations and individuals
The Racial Ethnic Torch
In this issue of the Racial Ethnic Torch, we lift up women of color and continue celebrating the "Decade of Hearing and Singing New Songs to God" to recognize and celebrate the gifts of women of color in the church.
PCUSA's Young Women Delegates to the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries Ministries
- African American Congregational Support
- All Women
- Asian Congregational Support
- Gender Justice Ministries
- Hispanic/Latino-a Congregational Support
- Intercultural Ministries
- Korean Emerging Ministries
- Middle Eastern Emerging Ministries
- Multicultural Congregational Support
- Native American Congregational Support
- Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges
- Racial Justice
- Young Women's Ministries and Presbyterian College Women