What’s next? A panel of Presbyterians discuss moving from conversation to action October 11, 2016 — by Leslie Scanlon — reposted from the Presbyterian Outlook MONTREAT, N.C. – What’s the next step? How to move from conversation in the church to action on racial equality? And what’s it like to be a person of color […]
The Covenant Network joins with the PCUSA’s Advocacy Committee on Racial Ethnic Concerns in lamenting that “Ours is a nation entrenched in systems of privilege and power that perpetuate racial injustice.” ACREC, declaring that “as people of faith, we have no choice but to take a stand against this and in favor of the inclusive and equitable love of Jesus Christ,” has issued a powerful call to all Presbyterians, and particularly the majority who identify as white, “to join us in breaking silence. Commit with us to raise our collective voice not just to proclaim the good news of God’s grace but to call out injustice, to call out the forces that threaten to tear us apart with xenophobic, racist, and islamophobic rhetoric. May we have the courage.”
Read the full ACREC statement.
Learn just a little about the vibrant ministries of some of our newest Covenant Network congregations – Balmoral Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN), Guilford Park Presbyterian Church (Greensboro, NC), and Christ Church Uniting, Disciples and Presbyterians (Kailua, HI).
The Rev. Dr. Mark Smutny, a former member of the Covenant Network Board and Jack Rogers’ longtime pastor, graciously agreed to share his reflections:
We mourn the death and celebrate the life of The Reverend Dr. Jack Rogers, who died this past Wednesday, July 13 at his home in Pasadena, California at the age of 82. His memorial service bearing witness to the resurrection will be this Friday, July 22, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101, where Jack worshiped for decades along with his wife, Sharon.
The Covenant Network of Presbyterians celebrates the accomplishments of the 222nd General Assembly! Over and over, this Assembly advanced the cause of inclusion and unity, affirming LGBTQ people and moving us in concrete ways toward being a church as generous and just as God’s grace.
One item of business that has garnered some attention at the General Assembly this week, Item 11-05, is an overture calling for an “apology” to LGBTQ people by the church. The Covenant Network supports the action being recommended by the Assembly’s Social Justice Committee, which is to answer this overture with an alternate statement.