Broken Covenant is a great way to describe racism. It's the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ.            PC(USA) Office of Public Witness @PCUSAWashington August 26, 2020

 

Around the Synod of the Sun

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Sunspots are highlights of the many ministries and missions happening on the surface of

the Sun – That is, the Synod of the Sun. A region of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with ALOT of dynamic and hopeful ministry happening in the name of Jesus Christ.

Some, but not all, of these podcasts cover topics related to racism. As a Matthew 25 Synod, our commitment to Dismantling Racism is a major emphasis of all our work. Our stories about that work can be found in the highlighted podcast episodes. All Sunspots episodes are here.

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Austin,
Texas

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This fall we are engaging with Jemar Tisby's book The Color of Compromise. We'll begin on September 5th and gather on the 1st and 3rd Sundays all the way through February. 

To join us for this engaging work, contact danita@ncfaustin.org

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Book study group

Palo Duro Presbytery
Book Study

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Greenwood Walk to the Cross

Two decades ago, it was a Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry Holy Week tradition, to offer a Good Friday stations of the cross worship experience for the community, told alongside the story of historic Greenwood.

Renewed in the last few years, and this year filmed and offered here, members and leaders of Christian communities around Tulsa used that original script to create a Good Friday 'Greenwood Walk to the Cross', connecting the words and prayers of the Christian faith with the landmarks of the Greenwood community.

We hope you will use this for your own reflection, and share it with others.

Thank you to the many who made this possible.

Greenwood is the neighborhood in Tulsa, OK which was burned to the ground during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and in which an unknown number of the prosperous community known as Black Wall Street were killed. Learn more here.

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First Presbyterian Church-Elgin,

Westminster Presbyterian Church-Austin, and

University Presbyterian Church-San Antonio

are Certified as PC(USA) Earth Care Congregations.

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Preston Hollow, Dallas, TX
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Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry

Embracing the invitation to be a Matthew 25 church, the Compassion, Peace & Justice ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency work to eradicate poverty, end systemic racism and bring tangible resources to impacted communities. Hear about some of the work these ministries do from Christian Brooks of the Office of Public Witness, the Rev. Lee Catoe of the Advisory Committe on Social Witness Policy and Unbound, Simon Doong of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, and the Rev. Edwin González-Castillo of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). Video by David Barnhart of PDA's Story Ministry.

The Compassion, Peace & Justice (CPJ) ministry engages with Presbyterians and partners across the U.S. and internationally to:

  • End poverty and hunger

  • Restore communities impacted by disaster

  • Promote peace and transform cultures of violence

  • Promote solidarity with people

  • Promote solidarity with Creation

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Each ministry includes many programs. Take time to explore and find your perfect fit for this stage of your Antiracist journey.

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Facing Racism

A Vision of the Intercultural Community

      At the 222th General Assembly in 2016, we took the steps to revise our Antiracism policy from 1999. The white arrow above takes you to the full policy, Facing Racism. Facing Racism study guides can be found here

Antiracist effort is an essential aspect of Christian discipleship, without which we fail to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

     In 2020, GA overwhelmingly approved the resolution "Responding to the Sin of Racism and a Call to Action" in which we declare that Black Lives Matter; confess that the church has been complicit in perpetuating injustice; and pledge to confront and dismantle systemic racism in the church and in society. 

At the end of both documents are guidelines for us to follow to do the work God calls us to do.

The beauty of anti-racism is that you don't have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it's the only way forward.

Ijeoma Oluo

How do Christians confront the evil of white supremacy theology?
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A sharper focus on Presbyterian advocacy
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Digitized King Sermon: “Paul’s Letter to American Christians”
dr. martin luther king, jr. at the fifth
Black Caucus president:
‘We cannot rest’
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‘Does God care about those of us who’ve had knees on our necks?’
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A REWRITTEN LAMENTATIONS 5
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Understanding Diversity in the Latin American
Community
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Workshop explores what immigration advocacy
might look
like in the
coming years
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