August 23-29, 2021

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Live Stream - August 29, 2021

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Schedule of Events

All events will be livestreamed here on the Week Of Action webpage. Please plan to view at the time of the event listed below. Recorded events without interpretation are available on the PC(USA) Facebook page.  

Times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

August 23 | Middle East Peace…Our Peace

All live-streamed events presented in English, Spanish, Korean & Arabic.

11:00 a.m.
From Shades of Oppression Towards Ways of Resistance
1:00 p.m.
Stories of Resilience, Peacebuilding and Resistance
5:00 p.m.
Stories of Resilience and Healing
7:00 p.m.
Witnessing through Worship: a vesper service


August 24 | Vivencias Hispano-Latinas: Unidad en Cristo AND Systemic and Racialized Poverty

All live-streamed events presented in Spanish unless otherwise indicated.

9:00 a.m.
OIACHL Hispanic-Latinx Ministries at PC(USA)
9:15 a.m.
Nuestra herencia hispano latina- Our Hispanic Latina Heritage
10:30 a.m.
Our Hispanic Latina Heritage in the Denomination
11:00 a.m.
What is the Leadership Innovation Team?
11:30 a.m.
1001 New Worshipping Communities, Serving Communities that have been historically impoverished, oppressed, and marginalized.
12:30 p.m.
Mission Commitement & Engagement
1:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Racism and Discrimination in our Communities and Beyond
2:00 p.m.
Live event featuring music, prayer, challenge and discussion about systemic and racialized poverty. Presented in English & Spanish.
3:30 p.m.
The Mission of the NCPHL
4:30 p.m.
Community of Shalom, Matthew 25
5:15 p.m.
Reading: The Marveous Mustard Seed
5:30 p.m.
Portuguese Language Presbyterian Council
6:30 p.m.
Our Mission Coworkers
7:00 p.m.
Closing Worship


August 25 | LGBTQIA+ Resilience

All live-streamed events presented in English, Spanish, & Korean unless otherwise indicated.

9:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Mr. Chance Goes to Church—children’s storytime
7:00 p.m.
Story & Poetry Slam
8:00 p.m.
Mr. Chance Goes to Church—children’s storytime (Rebroadcast). Presented in English.


August 26 | No More Stolen Relatives: Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People

All live-streamed events presented in English, Spanish, & Korean.

9:30 a.m.
“No More Stolen Relatives – A Time to Learn, A Time to Act” – a brief video introducing the day and inviting people to participate.
11:00 a.m.
“Taking Action for Native Americans” – a short video by the Rev. Irv Porter (Pima, Nez Perce, and Tohono O’odham), associate for Native American Intercultural Congregation Support.
12:30 p.m.
“No More Stolen Relatives – A Devotional” – a short video featuring a scripture reading in the Choctaw language by the Rev. Ron McKinney (The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), an original poem by Alethia Oatman (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Oyate, and a descendant of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), and a litany for missing and murdered Indigenous persons, written by the Rev. Danelle McKinney (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Oyate) and Elder Madison McKinney (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Oyate and a descendent of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma).
3:00 p.m.
Uncovering Indigenous Identities in the Latin American Community.
4:30 p.m.
“We All Belong to Each Other” – a short video by Elder Elona Street-Stewart (Delaware Nanticoke), Co-Moderator of the 224th General Assembly (2020).


August 27 | AAPI Resilience, Resistance, Power & Affirmation

All live-streamed events presented in English, Spanish, & Korean.

9:00 a.m.
International Coalition of Resistance to Anti-Asian Racism in the U.S. Foreign Policy: How Asian Americans, Asians, and their Allies are Coming Together against anti-Asian Orientalism in U.S. policy toward Korea to end the Korean War and Build Relationships of Peace.
11:00 a.m.
Racism/Antiracism 301: AAPI Solidarity and Invisibility
1:00 p.m.
Beyond the Monolith: Inter-AAPI Conversations
3:00 p.m.
AAPI Love, Beauty, Joy & Affirmation: Antidote to AAPI Hate


August 28 | Black Lives Matter

11:00 a.m.
Liberation NOW! Presented in English, Spanish & Korean.
1:00 p.m.
Rebroadcast of Tuesday’s Systemic and Racialized Poverty event with the Poor People’s Campaign. Presented in English.
6:00 p.m.
Concert 828 Presented in English.


August 29 | Gun Violence Response and Recognition

5:00 p.m.
Vesper Service Presented in English, Spanish, & Korean.

While we are working towards a more equitable resource library, some resources linked on this page are available only in English. If you would like to request a resource in another language, email and we will assist as we are able.


Background & Purpose

Amid the ever-present racial tensions existent in our nation and amplified last year, many PC(USA) staff band together to lift their voices in a proactive way to bring attention to injustice. The Bearing Witness Team has dedicated itself to responding to God’s call to create beloved community by dismantling white supremacy culture and whiteness through a cross-agency and denominational collective voice. What was produced through this collective effort last year was The International PC(USA) Week of Action 2020, Voting Campaign 2020, COVID-19 on the Margins Series, and the Black Lives Matter signage.

The theme this year is “Shades of Oppression, Resistance and Liberation.” The goal this year is to be even more inclusive of the wider denomination in the planning process as well as the implementation. Events will be both virtual and potentially in person. The Week of Action has, at its core, the idea of being a visible arm of justice in our communities around the denomination as we stand on the foundations of both Matthew 25 and the Hands & Feet Initiative. The week and theme are crafted to bring attention and action to the plight of those suffering from differing forms of oppressive situations. 


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Updated: August 13, 2021 1:16 p.m. ET