Racial Justice

PC(USA) highlights the power of protest

As protests against racism continued in Oregon and other parts of the country, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of Public Witness held a webinar this week explaining the importance of challenging the status quo and making one’s voice heard through the ballot box.

Beginning to understand structural racism in Oregon

As the Rev. Brian Heron was preparing pastoral leaders and clerks of session in the Presbytery of the Cascades for their first presbytery-wide meeting in eight months, federal agents deployed to the city of Portland, Oregon, by the Department of Homeland Security were starting to show up.

Six new worshiping communities receive Mission Program Grants

On behalf of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Mission Development Resources Committee has approved  Mission Program Grants to six 1001 New Worshiping Communities. The ‘1001’ communities receiving grants are listed below, followed by the presbytery and synod they belong to, along with a brief description of their mission and ministry.

A traveling and visibly scarred banner

The Rev. Patrick Heery acknowledges the church sign that got stolen, returned and then vandalized — all in a matter of days — is just a piece of cloth. “It’s not important unto itself,” he said. “It cost us $300. But it’s what it represents.”

Now accepting applications for Native American Leadership Development Fund awards

The Presbyterian Mission Agency is now accepting grant applications for the Native American Leadership Development Fund Award. The 2020 one-time awards are being made available for education and/or leadership development of Native American Presbyterian leaders or Native American Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) organizations and communities.

‘That’s what we need to root out’

One moment emerged above all the others Wednesday during a “Vital Conversations” webinar hosted by the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Vital Congregations.

Reimagining public safety

Last week, a panel convened by Union Presbyterian Seminary discussed how Christians can respond to unjust policing, On Tuesday, a different panel sought to reimagine what public safety might look like in a just society.

Next online Matthew 25 event planned for July 29

The response to the Matthew 25 invitation continues to be embraced by congregations and mid councils, even through a pandemic and times of social unrest. Or, just maybe, because of those things.