Facing Racism: A Vision of the Beloved Community

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recognizes that the task of dismantling racism is a long-term struggle that requires discernment, prayer, and worship based action. As we move into the next millennium, congregations, presbyteries, and synods are engaging the problem of racism in unprecedented numbers. This is a significant development in the struggle for “racial” justice. In order to respond to this challenge, the 211th General Assembly (1999) approved this comprehensive policy document that will guide the church’s ministry of “racial” justice in the next century. This document will help the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) move beyond the task of legally dismantling racism to removing it from our lives and communities. Resources are being developed to help the church live into “A Vision of the Beloved Community.”