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. We are blessed to see a vision of Pentecost every day. There are Presbyterian Mission Agency offices supporting, African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino-a, Korean, Middle Eastern and Native American emerging ministries. The racial ethnic and new immigrant worshiping communities that we support regularly gather together, constructing a racial ethnic identity that stems from a common history, heritage and language. We work closely with racial ethnic and new immigrant worshiping communities through mid councils, caucus groups, and networks, engaging in the mission to grow, transform, empower, lead and develop communities. We create an awareness of institutional racism in the church and an environment where racial ethnic persons, new immigrants, and women can serve fully in ministry and leadership.
In our ministries we work to achieve gender and racial justice and equip racial ethnic women, men and young adults for leadership. We assist college-age and racial ethnic young women in their faith journeys and foster networks of support for them.
As we discover how to share the gospel in an increasingly diverse culture, we have a greater chance of living out the Biblical vision of a world where the humanity of everyone is valued and where God’s love is spread to every race, class, culture and people.
DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE — JULY 2017
God’s Intercultural Community
…For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
— 1 Corinthians 12:13a
It is our mission in Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries to work toward the vision of God’s intercultural community in society and in our places of worship. In Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, our goal is to end racism, for in God’s intercultural community, there are no arbitrary distinctions, for we are all one in Christ Jesus.
As you’re reading this newsletter, Big Tent is being held in St. Louis, Missouri, July 6–8, 2017, on the campus of Washington University. The theme of Big Tent 2017 is Race, Reconciliation and Reformation. This year’s event will explore our current cultural context – one marked by racial division, anxiety, political animosity, and economic inequality – in light of the Reformation’s 500-year-old faith tradition that emphasizes the ongoing spiritual renewal of the church and its mission.
Participants will explore how to live counter-culturally in society through dialogue, workshops, exhibits, and engagement with one another and with religious and civic leaders from nearby Ferguson, MO. The conference will focus on the hope of the Gospel and its power to dispel the ills of society as the church works toward justice-making and peace.
We hope that you have or will discover the rich gifts of God’s intercultural community. And, if you’re near St. Louis or if you’re already at the Big Tent, we hope you will join us for holy conversations on race, reconciliation and reformation and partner with us in affirming that we are all diverse, valuable, and beloved children of God’s Intercultural church
Rhashell D. Hunter
Read the Racial Ethnic Torch
In the current issue of the Racial Ethnic Torch, we lift up the work that Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a whole, is doing to shine a light on diversity and reconciliation. Some of the articles featured in this issue include:
- Study finds gender discrimination still pervasive within the PC(USA)
- Diversity and racial reconciliation team
- Coaches trained to meet culturally specific needs