As our Presbytery continues to journey together through this “Year of Conversations on Race, Bias, and Privilege,” we invite our churches, ministries, and related leaders to consider these recommended resources by leadership and staff of the Presbytery of Philadelphia.
Did you know on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, leaders of our Presbytery were a part of an alumni panel on race, sharing joys and challenges they have encountered in their own lives and ministries.
PART ONE: Fishbowl Conversation at the Presbytery Meeting on May 17, 2016 in Media
PART TWO: Fishbowl Conversation at the Presbytery Meeting on May 17, 2016 in Media
Race, Bias & Privilege
A Year of Conversation
In the latter portion of 2015, the Presbytery’s Leadership Collegium took a courageous step and announced the next twelve months as, “A Year of Conversations on Race, Bias, and Privilege.” Aware of the pervasive -isms that continue to plague both church and society, this intentional move by Presbytery leadership is an embrace of the church’s call as each of us “labors for the abolition of all racial discrimination and ministers to those injured by it.” (Confession of 1967, 9.44).
As the Presbytery of Philadelphia rallies behind these critical conversations on race, bias, and privilege, we are reminded such work is at the core of what it means to be the church of Jesus Christ who has given us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). Stay tuned for more opportunities to be engaged. Until then, may we all commit to move the conversation forward one step at a time and one relationship at a time, as we all draw nearer to the day when God makes all things new and right.
Below is a growing list of related resources. Feel free to use and distribute as you participate in this year of conversation and relationship building: