Gender and Racial Justice Ministries

Current issues

The Redbook is available now for download. The Redbook is the guide to overtures being presented at General Assembly 222. It is prepared by Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries and Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns. Download or view it here. 

If you’re looking for the proposed Facing Racism policy and accompanying study guide that will be presented at General Assembly 222, you can find that at the link below.

Facing Racism Policy

Facing Racism Study Guides

About Our Office

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 racial and gender justice.

The Office of Gender and Racial Justice facilitates ministries that assist the PC(USA) in achieving parity for women in their leadership roles, acknowledging that God calls women and men into all ministries of the church. In society, the Office of Gender and Racial Justice gives a voice to those on the margins of the culture through empowering ministry. Partnering with other Presbyterian Mission Agency offices, empowerment is actualized through witness, education, and opportunities to freely use one’s gifts at all levels of the church. Dialogue is key to bringing about these changes in the church and society; hence we provide space for sacred conversations around these issues.

Staff in this office will visit congregations, middle governing bodies, and seminaries offering seminars and special trainings in racial and gender justice. We seek opportunities to talk with elders, pastor nominating committees, committees on ministry, and seminarians to explore ways in which our denomination and the larger church can be more reflective of society in embracing women parity and racial justice. We believe sacred conversations are the starting point for meeting the General Assembly mandate to become an open, inclusive, and racially just church.

Gender justice training and/or individual consultations

If you are seeking support or additional resources in your congregation or governing body toward achieving parity for women in their leadership roles in the church, please email Rhashell Hunter at rhashell.hunter@pcusa.org for further information, assistance or to arrange for a consultation.

Examples of Training Opportunities:

Anti-Sexism – Theoretical foundations in antisexism and gender equity are explored. Participants learn to take intentional action to change abusive environments through naming, empowering and reconciliation.

Gender, Race and Class: Exploring Intersectionality – Participants will explore the ways in which class and gender intersect with systemic racism in their own lives and in the social organizations and institutions in which they participate.

Power and Privilege – Understanding power and privilege is the first principal in changing attitudes about sexism and gender justice. Power and privilege determines who is at the table. Who has access and who has decision-making power. This workshop explores these issues and creates a safe place to discuss how they affect our lives and church.

Sacred Dialogue on Gender Justice – An invitation to step onto holy ground to talk about the difficult subject of sexism and gender equity. Here, we can dialogue around hopes, dreams, struggles and positive ways to move forward and onward. Let’s have a conversation.

Cultural Humility 101 – Includes an overview of the three Gender and Racial Justice components (anti-racism, anti-sexism and power and privilege). Participants will learn the art of welcoming the stranger by naming their own fears and learning new ways to building the beloved community. Given that the North American society is becoming more diverse in terms of culture, class, ethnicity, and that women’s issues are becoming increasingly important as well. This class is a must for those who desire to be able to minister and evangelize effectively in this new post-Christian, postmodern age.

Resources

National Black Presbyterian Caucus Conference

Moving from Heritage with Hope The National Black Presbyterian Caucus (NBPC) is committed to Jesus Christ, working to ensure that the witness of Presbyterians of African descent is healthy, growing, dynamic and empowering; that racial justice is integral in the church’s self-understanding and lived out in every aspect of ministry within the Presbyterian Church. Transformational… Read more »

Den gracias con un corazon agradecido

On Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday, we are encouraged to live life with an “attitude of gratitude.” Though Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday is March 5, 2017, your congregation or women’s groups may use this resource on any day that you choose. Living life with an “attitude of gratitude” is having a readiness… Read more »

Celebrate the Gifts of Women Worship Service Resource

On Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday, we are encouraged to live life with an “attitude of gratitude.” Though Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday is March 5, 2017, your congregation or women’s groups may use this resource on any day that you choose. Living life with an “attitude of gratitude” is having a readiness… Read more »
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