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August 22, 2017

During its final day of meetings in Louisville the All Agency Review Committee began to formulate the work ahead that will be the basis for its final report and recommendations to General Assembly 223 (2018.)

August 22, 2017

National Caucus of Korean Presbyterian Churches

Young Korean-American Pastors

We condemn the violent protests of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11th and 12th, and we denounce the racism and hatred which are prevalent in America.

  1. We confess all people are created in the image of God and have the dignity of human beings (Gen. 1:27). Skin color does not determine the value of a person. Racial and ethnic discrimination is rebuilding the wall of sin which Jesus Christ shattered (Eph. 2:14). It is a bigoted rejection of neighbors whom we are called to love as ourselves, and it is a rebellion against God ...

August 22, 2017

Las mujeres presbiterianas de todo el país se reunieron en Daytona Beach, Florida en el estudio, la oración, la comunidad y la adoración mientras celebraban la Consulta con las Mujeres de Color 2017.

August 22, 2017

La Rvda. Delia Leal es la Coordinadora Regional del programa del Ministerio de la Mujer en México y Centroamérica con el Centro Protestante para Estudios Pastorales en Centroamérica (CEDEPCA). Actualmente, Leal sirve como pastora para una congregación bautista, y hablará con congregaciones y organizaciones de los Estados Unidos este otoño como parte del Programa de Hacedores Internacionales de Paz 2017 del Programa Presbiteriano por la Paz.

August 22, 2017

Dear mother wearing the hijab in the children’s museum: As-salamu alaykum. Peace be upon you. When I have traveled to distant lands, hearing just one word in my cradle language has felt like having a familiar coat wrapped around me. So I speak peace to you.

August 21, 2017

On the day of an eclipse that obscured 96 percent of the sun in Louisville, the All Agency Review Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting here shed light on the year-long conversation regarding the makeup of the denomination’s agency structure.

August 21, 2017

Born to Dinka parents, Achol Majok Kur Kier is not inclined to conform to expectations that define her culture. Strong-willed, at a young age she refused the matrimonial candidate her parents had hand-picked from within their clan.

August 21, 2017

델리아 레알Delia Leal 목사는 중앙 아메리카 목회 연구센터(CEDEPCA)와 멕시코 및 중앙 아메리카 여성부 프로그램의 지역 코디네이터이다. 현재 침례교 목회자인 레알Leal은 장로교 평화 프로그램과 함께하는 2017년 국제 평화 프로그램의 일환으로 올 가을에 미국 회중 및 기관들과 대화할 것이다.

August 21, 2017

Presbyterian women from across the country gathered in Daytona Beach, Florida in study, prayer, community and worship as they celebrated the 2017 Women of Color Consultation

August 18, 2017

The Rev. Delia Leal is the regional coordinator for the Women’s Ministry program in Mexico and Central America with the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA). Currently a pastor for a Baptist congregation, Leal will speak to U.S. congregations and organizations this fall as part of the 2017 International Peacemakers with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

August 18, 2017

First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, Illinois is not a large church, but it has a big heart. Over its 175-year history church members have always given back to the community says Pastor Paul Spangler. But a few years ago, the church tried something different for Vacation Bible School and the results proved beneficial for many residents in the small town as well as the church itself.

August 17, 2017

The Finance and Audit committee of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board heard reports from financial services and audit team members today that painted a positive picture of the agency’s finances for the first half of 2017.

August 17, 2017

“It’s bad, Dust Bowl bad.” That’s how Kathy Goodrich, co-general presbyter of the Yellowstone Presbytery, describes the impact of Montana wildfires this summer. Hot, dry conditions have proven costly for communities across the state as wildfires continue to spread.

August 17, 2017

Confession of Belhar, Facing Racism and other resources inspire Presbyterians to speak out during worship services against racist, neo-Nazi and white supremacist actions in Charlottesville.

August 16, 2017

The search for bodies and survivors continues in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown following heavy rains, flooding and mudslides. More than 300 people are known to have died after walls of mud crashed into homes and businesses during the early morning hours on Monday.

August 16, 2017

Four mission co-workers have accepted new calls within Africa, including Jim and Jodi McGill, Ruth Brown and Dr. Martha Sommers.

August 16, 2017

Three years after the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, churches in the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery continue to learn about the complex issues of race and reconciliation, as they work for racial justice in their communities.

August 15, 2017

Church planters in the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.) held their final conference here at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort last week (August 7-10). They’ve been coming here since 2003.

August 15, 2017

PC(USA) Seminaries are crucibles of faith formation for our future ministers and they have joined a chorus of those responding to the threats and acts of violence over the last week.

More Light stands in solidarity with the faithful witness of the counter-protesters who peacefully assembled against the largest white nationalist march in decades in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. We are grateful to many in our More Light community who preached, prayed, showed up to vigils, and declared that love is stronger than hate.

Clergy protesting at at the march in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo by Jill Harms)

Though the weekend is behind us, the impact of the racist violence in Charlottesville and in our country is far from over. We believe that we must confront racism and white supremacy when it shows up as a public event, but also within our own systems and institutions.

While the events in Charlottesville were devastating, they are not isolated incidents. As Christians we are called upon, especially those of us who are white, to acknowledge the ways in which white supremacy infiltrates every facet of our lives, and to work to dismantle the structures of white supremacy in our own lives, in the Church, and in our world. We must lift up our voices and resist. Silence and denial are part of the ways the system of oppression stays in place.

Many of us are wondering what to do in the wake of the events this weekend. We believe there has never been a better time to act. Here at More Light, we have been working with Jessica Vazquez Torres at Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training to examine our own policies and programs for ways they reflect our commitment to racial justice and equity. In the next few months our board will be making recommendations for tangible ways MLP can further our mission to reflect God’s abundance through our resistance to white supremacy.

Here are some additional ways to get involved.

Get connected with a national group at the forefront of organizing around racial justice. Here’s two organizations we follow:

Bring a conversation about racial justice to your congregation. The following are some great places to start:

  • The Reverend Denise Anderson and the Reverend Jan Edmiston, Co‐Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), have invited the church to read and discuss the book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving. They have created a companion study guide for congregations published through the PCUSA.
  • Last fall, More Light hosted our first Teach-In series on Racial Justice, to help equip our congregations for critical conversations and action around racial equity. We’ve posted the powerpoint slides and videos from that series which can be useful for personal enrichment or congregational conversations found here.
  • Share the statement from the PCUSA on the events in Charlottesville. This could be read aloud in worship or as part of your Sunday School class.

As white people, it is very important to do some internal work as we are engaging externally in our congregations or communities around racial justice. Here are a few great resources for those of us who are white:

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to go next in times like these. Often God’s faithfulness comes in a call to go to the places we are afraid to go. More Light’s hope is that we are able to trust in God to instill in us the courage to be the people God has called us to be.

Yours in the journey,

The More Light Presbyterians Team


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