Racial Equity

What the General Assembly may say about St. Louis

The city of St. Louis is the historic centerpiece of a highly accomplished cultural and economic region. At the same time, like most of the United States, it is divided along lines of race and class. How do Presbyterian congregations minister and do mission faithfully in light of these realities? What can our larger church learn from our sisters and brothers in St. Louis?

La IP (EE. UU.) necesita equidad de género

La campaña electoral presidencial del 2016 planteo cuestiones que perturbaban a muchas mujeres. Los criterios de aptitud de una mujer candidata para el cargo de presidente, como comentarios sobre la ropa que llevaba, por ejemplo, eran normas aparentemente no impuestas a los candidatos masculinos en la contienda. Los comentarios que rodean los cuerpos de las mujeres también eran alarmantes. Estas conversaciones llevaron hasta una especie de trastorno de estrés postraumático (TEPT) para algunas mujeres, ya que ellas mismas han experimentado acoso sexual y discriminación.

The PC(USA) needs gender equity

The 2016 presidential electoral campaign brought up issues that were disturbing to many women. The criteria for fitness of the woman candidate for the office of president, such as comments about the clothes she wore, for example, were standards seemingly not imposed on male candidates in the race. The comments surrounding women’s bodies were also alarming. These conversations brought up a sort of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for some women, as they themselves have experienced sexual harassment and discrimination.

223rd General Assembly: The Spirit at work in St. Louis

If the apostle Paul had to cite an example of his words spoken to the Romans — “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans” — all he would have to do was point to St. Louis on a map.

인종 문제에 대한 옹호위원회(ACREC), 인종 및 여성 사역부는 미국장로교회 전체에서의 용어 사용을 권장함

보다 적절한 용어를 결정하기 위해 장로교 선교 국의 인종 및 여성 사역부(RE & WM)와 협력하기 위해 인종 문제에 관한 옹호위원회 (ACREC)를 지도하는 222차 총회 (2016)의 추천에 대한 응답으로 “인종적 민족”보다 ACREC은 223차 총회 (2018)에 다음과 같이 권고한다: 미국장로교회의 6개 기관 모두에게 “인종적 민족”에 대한 언급을 모든 문서, 요령 및 프로그램에서 “유색 인종”으로 대체하도록 이 시점부터 지시한다. ACREC에게 “인종 공평성 옹호위원회”(REAC)로 명칭을 변경한다. 장로교 선교국 이사회와 총회 사무국 위원회에 지시하여 ACREC을 모든 문서, 용어 및 프로그램에서 REAC으로 변경한다.

Offices propose name change from ‘racial-ethnic’ to ‘people of color’

In response to a referral from the 222nd General Assembly (2016) directing the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns (ACREC) to work with the Office of Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries (RE&WM) of the Presbyterian Mission Agency to determine more appropriate terminology than “racial-ethnic,” ACREC has recommended that the 223rd General Assembly (2018): Direct all six agencies to the PC(USA) to move forward changing the “racial-ethnic people” to “people of color” in all documents, parlance and programs from this point forward; Direct ACREC to change its name to change its name to Racial Equity Advocacy Committee (REAC); and Direct the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and the Committee on the Office of General Assembly (COGA) to change ACREC to REAC in all documents, parlance and programs.

National Black Presbyterian Caucus members meet for visioning session on unity

“It is with a sense of importance and urgency that I ask for your help, participation and wisdom to make visible a vision of unity, lest the black witness in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will soon perish,” said the Rev. Thomas Priest Jr., president of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus (NBPC). Priest recently met with African Americans in leadership roles at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville for a visioning session on the future of the caucus. He wanted to learn more about the staff and resources available at the national Church level to help the organization accomplish its mission.