Racial Equity & Women's Intercultural Ministries
The work of the Presbyterian Intercultural Network (PIN) overlaps with one of the major areas within the Presbyterian Mission Agency: the Office of Racial Equity & Women's Intercultural Ministries, headed by Dr. Rhashell Hunter. That office and more specific types of ministries within it comprise an area within our denominational leadership with which you should keep abreast if you are interested in intercultural work and the justice issues that go along with it.
In describing its work, the Office of Racial Equity & Women's Intercultural Ministries says: "We engage the Church in its mission to become more diverse and inclusive of racial, ethnic, cultural and language groups, and we equip women for leadership in all ministries of the Church." Each month, Dr. Hunter writes a "Director's Message" written by Dr. Hunter that provides information on the work of that Office.
There's an even easier way to keep up with her news than Googling it or following the link we've given. On the bottom of the same page there's a place to sign up to receive monthly news by email.
The office of Gender and Racial Justice Ministries assists the church in its "commitment to become more open and inclusive in an effort to create an environment where a person’s identities, whatever they may be, do not hinder their ability to fully live out their call in the church and society." The goal of the office is to "provide workshops, trainings, and other educational events to help participants initiate conversations around the intersection of race and gender." Their page has a list of resources for anti-racism work.
Intercultural Ministries and Support for Congregations of Color is the focus area within the larger Office which we work most closely. Their page reminds the Church that "at Pentecost, God’s Spirit created the intercultural church, leaving cultural and linguistic identities in place and unifying them in the creation of a new, and larger, expression of common humanity." They let the church know that "Becoming an intercultural church means living together with an awareness of each other’s distinctiveness and valuing our differences. We do this by examining ourselves, building relationships, and distributing power fairly." And they back up the bold proclamation that this work is driven by mandates from the Word of God with specific texts.
People will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29)
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place…” (Acts 2:1)
“…no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female…” (Galatians 3:28)
“…a house of prayer for all peoples…” (Isaiah 56:7b)
“…a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language…” (Revelation 7:9)
“…all are one in Christ…” (Galatians 3:28)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19)