In Spirit and Truth is the blog of the General Assembly Committee on Representation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It will feature content written by the sixteen members of the committee, who are teaching and ruling elders from across the country, and our staff person in the Office of the General Assembly, as well as links and articles of particular interest. These blog entries are intended to prompt reflection and dialogue on aspects of expanding representation and supporting full participation in the PCUSA, especially at the assembly level. The ministries of advising, consulting, advocating, reviewing and recommending are vital to the life of the whole Body of Christ. Committees on Representation and/or their functions exists at all councils above session so from time to time we may highlight activities and insights from our sister committees on representation at smaller councils throughout the church. From time to time, guest contributors will provide content. Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Presbyterian Church USA or the General Assembly Committee on Representation.
Author/Facilitator Molly Casteel is an Assistant Stated Clerk and the Coordinator for Representation and Inclusiveness Services. She is a teaching elder (a.k.a. Minister of Word and Sacrament) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.
This content originally appeared on the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) website and is re-posted here.
Did you know that August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom? The March was a pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement and where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Many Presbyterians were part of the struggle for equality. On this special anniversary, we are proud to offer a variety of resources demonstrating the dynamic role Presbyterians played.
"Presbyterians and the Struggle for Civil Rights," is an article from The Journal of Presbyterian History written by Frederick J. Heuser discussing Presbyterian involvement in the movement.
"Reminiscences from the March on Washington, 1963" are stories written by Presbyterians who participated in the March that hot summer day in August; these accounts first appeared in the Civil Rights special issue of The Journal of Presbyterian History.
On July 4, 1963, Eugene Carson Blake, Stated Clerk of the UPCUSA, challenged the owners of Maryland's Gwynn Oak Amusement Park to desegregate and was subsequently jailed in Baltimore for trespassing.
A Non-Segregated Church in a Non-Segregated Society: Presbyterians and the Civil Rights Movement" features materials from the collections about Civil Rights activism in the Presbyterian Church, reprinted from Our Documentary Heritage in The Journal of Presbyterian History 2012.
Presbyterians and the Civil Rights Movement, is a free, downloadable exhibit from PHS.
Marching Toward the Dream, [video] a PHS sponsored event featuring stories of the Civil Rights Movement told first hand by Presbyterians. (If the link does not work, go to http://youtu.be/XqII-00bGjA)
In the August 1 issue of The Stated Clerk's Column, The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, marks the 50th Anniversary of the March, and reflects that there is still work to do.
The collections at PHS have a wealth of information about the Civil Rights movement. Learn more about the materials in these finding aids.