gender & racial justice

PC(USA) to hold World AIDS Day chapel service

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will commemorate World AIDS Day with an online chapel service at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Dec. 1, featuring the Rev. RJ Robles, a Nashville-based HIV/AIDS activist.

Learning from one who was at the frontlines of denominational change

Educator, consultant, chaplain, tennis coach and human rights advocate Dr. Michael J. Adee offered up a lifetime of insight and stories during a webinar Monday exploring the work that’s been done by the church and remains to be done toward the full inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community, especially transgender and non-binary people.

Be a presence to those you might consider a stranger

When it comes to church, the Rev. Shanea B. Leonard knows what it’s like to feel like an outsider looking in. But Leonard also knows what it’s like to sit in a place of welcome and inclusion.

‘That’s what we need to root out’

One moment emerged above all the others recently during a “Vital Conversations” webinar hosted by the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Vital Congregations. While discussing how it feels to enter a room full of white people, the Rev. Shanea D. Leonard, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s associate for Gender & Racial Justice, talked about scanning the room for a person of color to chat with. Sometimes the search produces no one.