In Spirit and Truth seeks to encourage discussion and deeper consideration of representation issues in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is hoped entries will prompt reflection and dialogue on aspects of expanding representation and supporting full participation in the PCUSA, especially at the assembly and mid council levels.
This blog will occasionally feature content written by one of the fourteen members of the General Assembly Committee on Representation, who are church members, ministers (teaching elders) and ruling elders from across the country, as well as links and articles of particular interest. The ministries of advising, consulting, advocating, promoting inclusion, reviewing and recommending actions 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 sister committees on representation at lower councils throughout the church.
Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. or the General Assembly Committee on Representation.
Author/Facilitator Molly Casteel is an Assistant Stated Clerk and the Manager for Equity and Representation in the Office of the General Assembly. 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.
Save the Date! In addition to the warmer weather we are all hoping March brings with it, Louisville will find justice advocates from around the US and Canada converging here for the 16th White Privilege Conference. This year's theme is, Resistance Action Courage Equity: The South Leading the Way.
Keynote speakers are Mab Segrest, Loretta Ross, Chris Crass and Gyassi Ross.
Last year, in Madison, Wisconsin, the conference drew 2400 participants from over 40 states. The conference has met in the South only once before, in Memphis in 2009.
Local organizers are excited for an opportunity to host such a dynamic conference. The website has all the information you need to register or volunteer. The program will be posted later. Institutes are one-day versions of the conference available on Wednesday or Saturday. The conference usually has over 100 workshops offered. Examples of past conference programs can give you a flavor for the breadth, depth and width of past topics and offerings. The conference schedule is here.
This is a secular conference that was originally organized in educational professions. Now it regularly has participants aged from 11 to 90. Presbyterians have attended over the years, last year more than 30. This year, we hope to take the opportunity before us to attend and event where folks in the work, can do their work. I've attended a few and always find it a refreshing place to hone my skills, engage in reflection and learn more about my own place in this work and in my skin.
Skin privilege is not the only topic addressed. The conference is fully intersectional in its approach. There's something here to challenge everyone and bring energy to the justice seeking communities who take advantage of it.
There's been enough interest to secure a discount for Presbyterians. We expect more than 50 will attend some part of WPC16. If you are intending to register, contact Molly for the discount code and register at the non-profit rate.