In 2015, our Presbytery began a journey together through a “Year of Conversations on Race, Bias, and Privilege.” We invited our churches, ministries, and related leaders to participate in various discussions, engage in interactive gatherings, and to consider recommended resources by leadership and staff of the Presbytery of Philadelphia relate to the realities of racism and privilege in our communities and nation.
These conversations and invitations continue still as the Church confesses that “unity must become visible so that the world may believe that separation, enmity, and hatred between people and groups is sin, which Christ has already conquered, and accordingly that anything which threatens this unity may have no place in the Church and must be resisted…” (Confession of Belhar).
The PC(USA)’s ongoing “Facing Racism” campaign offers tools to help equip congregations in its efforts to dismantle racism. Visit their website, FacingRacism.org, to access featured studies, books, training sessions and other events.
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:
Video of Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle’s Sermon at the 2016 NEXT Church National Gathering (Video below is the full Worship Service; Aisha’s Sermon begins at 23 minutes)Watch live streaming video from 1pbtv at livestream.com
Do you have any questions or would you like to know more about the Presbytery of Philadelphia’s commitment to the Race, Bias & Privilege conversation? Please contact us!