General Assembly 


An Imperative to be a Transformational Church in this Intercultural Era


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The Presbyterian Intercultural Network (PIN) affirms that we are living in an increasingly intercultural society that brings numerous challenges and opportunities for effective and relevant ministries. We encourage all churches to act on the resolution passed by the 223rd General Assembly (2018)

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  1. “Declare an Imperative for the Reformation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in being a Transformative Church in This Intercultural Era.”

  2. Declare the period from 2020 to 2030 as the “Decade of Intercultural Transformation” by focusing on transformative priorities and initiatives across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

  3. Immediately denounce the persistent and demonic presence of racism and the misuse of power and privilege in our individual and institutional lives. Invest in training and identifying trained antiracism facilitators, who will provide a geographically accessible and affordable network for congregations and mid councils, and develop a process for connecting facilitators and congregations and mid councils who seek assistance.

  4. Immediately after the 223rd General Assembly (2018), direct the Moderator to appoint a cross-sectional task force to develop and publish priorities and guidelines for congregations, mid councils, and General Assembly entities for the “Decade of Intercultural Transformation” and recommend appropriate resources to deepen understanding and skills for resisting [racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism.] [discrimination based on race, class, gender, sex, or sexuality.] Promote awareness of resources currently available that deepen understanding of intersectionality and skills for resistance including those less frequently discussed, such as interfaith competencies so essential in these times.

  5. Direct the Office of the General Assembly (OGA), the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA), the Presbyterian Foundation (FDN), the Board of Pensions (BOP), the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC), and the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, Inc. (PILP) to develop relevant intercultural programs, resources, events, and antiracism training to assist persons in recognizing intersectionality or how differences treated oppressively are experienced simultaneously in ways that amplify and complicate the consequences of each aspect of oppression.

  6. Strongly encourage mid councils and congregations to hold white privilege recognition, cultural humility, and antiracism trainings throughout the church and commit themselves to disrupting racism and intersectional inequality, including intercultural and intracultural realities.

  7. Strongly encourage the Office of the General Assembly, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and the mid councils to promote integration of the Confession of Belhar into their study life and worship to celebrate its implementation.

  8. Direct the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Office of the General Assembly to equip congregations and mid councils to form intercultural coalitions, networks, new worshiping communities, and congregations across the church that worship, work, share meals, study, share communion, and advocate for racial and intercultural justice, with a respectful awareness and appreciation of each other’s ethnicities, cultures, socioeconomic status, able-bodied-ness, gender and sexual identity and expression, and languages.

  9. Urge the session of each congregation, as well as each mid council, seminary, Presbyterian Women’s groups, and other entities, to take action to be intercultural in their life, work, and worship.

  10. Encourage Synods and Presbyteries to institute dismantling racism programs and  encourage all staff and clergy to take the training every three years in like manner of PC(USA) mandated sexual abuse policy.

  11. A. Direct General Assembly to focus on Planting New Congregations, and raising indigenous leadership for all levels of the church from within communities of color, with special emphasis on the Latin, African American, Native American, and immigrant communities. B. Remove barriers and create pathways to full inclusion in the PC(USA) for congregations and pastors coming from historically non-white traditions.
    If these directives require changes to the Book of Order, these changes should be presented to the 224th General Assembly in 2020.

  12. Encourage all members, particularly “white” members, in the PC(USA) to work to end racism in our individual and institutional lives by working on the following eight steps:

  • Recognition

  • Repentance

  • Resistance

  • Resilience

  • Reparations

  • Reconciliation

  • Recovery

  • Resonance

(See Eight Steps to End Racism for a brief explanation of the steps.)