Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Congregations and Members

Racial Equity

Resources for such a time as this

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Law and order exists for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose, they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” Is the current unrest around the country and particularly in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Louisville, Kentucky, a result of decades of law and order failing in its purpose to establish justice?

‘We are accountable to the commitments we have made’

Honoring the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Brionna Taylor, and George Floyd, the Racial Equity Advocacy Committee and the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns issue a call to immediate action, reminding the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) we are accountable to the commitments we have made. 

‘If we will not face it, we certainly can’t fix it’

The killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, recent attacks and ridicule of people of Asian descent during the pandemic and many other horrifying examples all point out why the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) must be a Matthew 25 church, even as the coronavirus still keeps many Christians from worshiping and doing ministry in person.

‘Let’s take the opportunity to swing wide the gates’

The Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry’s alma mater is Clark Atlanta University, where the motto — attributed to the ancient general Hannibal, who was once asked about the wisdom of crossing a mountain pass on elephants — is, “I shall find a way or make one.”

A call for reparations

On May 27, 1970, fasting commissioners at the 182nd General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., meeting in Chicago, assigned their meal money —$5,178.60 — to the newly-created Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People.

‘We must come together as a family’

In a truly altruistic act of kindness and unity, the National Korean Caucus of Presbyterian Churches (NCKPC) has demonstrated what a connectional church looks like. 

A pastor in Queens has but two pandemic prayers

When New York City started closing down in mid-March because of COVID-19, the Rev. Patrick O’Connor at  First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica had two prayers. “Lord, help me to be healthy,” he prayed, “and if I’m healthy, help me to be useful.”