4. Let it Sing: General Assembly
General Assembly: Get ready to catch all the buzz from the General Assembly – the event that makes our Presbyterian hearts beat a little faster. It's where the big conversations happen, decisions are made, and celebrations are in full swing.
In 2022, the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) reviewed, approved, and transmitted a resolution from the Racial Equity Advocacy Committee (REAC) identifying racism as a public health crisis. This resolution urged Presbyterians to raise their consciousness and awareness about this crisis's theological, bioethical, and public health perspectives and to respond with specific actions. The subsequent statement briefly delineates key theological and bioethical affirmations central to this crisis, aiming to heighten the church’s awareness. REAC monitored, reviewed, and revised the statement accordingly.
Being mindful of that privilege, there's an exciting event on the horizon for us all in the United States. In 2023, October 9th marks Indigenous People's Day, a day of celebration and recognition. [...] Every year, it prompts us to reflect on the un-Christian aspects of the papal Doctrine of Discovery.
We’ve done a great job sharing the PC(USA) study document about antisemitism and Islamophobia at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Our discussion was super cool, with scholars and activists from different religious backgrounds, including Jewish and Muslim leaders. We really made some awesome connections with some amazing folks in this interreligious setting. Curious about what’s in that study document? Check it out here: Denouncing antisemitism and Islamophobia.And don’t forget to dive deeper into it with this article on Presbyterian Outlook. This document got the stamp of approval from the General Assembly of PC(USA), and the friends at GACEIR (General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations) decided to share…