Presbyterian Week of Action

August 24th - August 30th

Background & Purpose


“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” — Proverbs 21:3

“God sends the Church to work for justice in the world: exercising its power for the common good; dealing honestly in personal and public spheres; seeking dignity and freedom for all people…” — Book of Order, W-5.0304

 

It is abundantly clear through the gospel narrative and the greater witness of the Bible, that God has called us, as people of faith, to seek justice for those most marginalized in our world. As a Matthew 25 denomination, it is the vision of our church to eradicate white supremacy and dismantle institutionalized racism. Furthermore, in an effort to do the “hands & feet” work the Lord ordains, we must act and bear witness to the gospel in these crucial times.


The PC(USA) staff expressed a deep yearning to be more engaged in responding to the murders of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who died at the hands of the police and racism. From this need has come the “Bearing Witness” working group which has participation from the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Office of the General Assembly, Administrative Services Group and Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. From this group a number of strategies are being formulated to provide advocacy campaigns, education initiatives and opportunities to join with community efforts organized by the Movement for Black Lives, Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, the Bail Project and other grassroots groups.


As a centerpiece of this movement, we will host a Presbyterian Week of Action. This endeavor is structured to provide a public witness that facilitates education, visibility, and action that reinforces our PC(USA) statements and policy around the support of eradicating racism and acknowledging that God loves all Black lives. By joining together as national staff and the greater church, we hope to provide faithful leadership in the area of justice, love, and equality within our denomination and communities.

Schedule of Events

Note: More information, including how to register for events, will be added as details become available.

  • Monday 8/24: Global Day of Solidarity

    The Global Day of Solidarity is a day to hear about and experience the support of our siblings from around the world and to witness their experiences of racism in their own context.

  • Tuesday 8/25: Town Hall

    The Town Hall Gathering is an opportunity to engage with theologians, community activists, pastors and practitioners on the intersectional work of anti-racism, how the PC(USA) in all its expressions grapples with the legacy of white supremacy and racism in our history and theology, finds ways to do prophetic and renewing work in current moments for racial justice, and how we can listen to and come alongside community and national leaders to show up together for racial justice. This event will be at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Registration information available soon.

  • Wednesday 8/26: Liberation Bible Study and Twitterstorm

    The Liberation Bible Study: In a time of so much information, it can be hard to know where to begin to resource ourselves in a loving and ethical way that is true to the Good News of the Gospel. We will hear from practical theologian scholars on how they approach the lectionary with through a liberation foundation to equip us for a more faithful service.


    On Twitter, from 12–1 p.m. EDT, engage in discussion around some of the week’s previous events. Follow @Presbyterian for discussion prompts. Use #WeekofActionPCUSA to join the conversation.

  • Thursday 8/27: BLACKOUT Day and COVID-19 Memorial

    All Day — All year long, Presbyterian Women joins the World Council of Churches in “Thursdays in Black” to protest gender-based violence. Throughout the day, we will share information about ways Presbyterians can support ministries and efforts that benefit Black communities in preparation for Give 828 Day (also known as “Give Black Day”) the following day, which is a national effort to encourage giving to Black-led non-profits. We urge the entire denomination to wear black in solidarity with both “Thursdays in Black” and the struggle for Black lives.


    12 noon – 1:15 p.m. EDT — Join the Farmworkers in the Pandemic: Essentially Disposable webinar — the last in the COVID at the Margins Discussion Series. This 75-minute webinar starts at 12 noon EDT and will update you on the situation and resistance of farmworkers, and offer ways we can accompany and support them. Register in advance for the webinar. We will also livestream it on Facebook Live at facebook.com/presbyhunger.


    2–3 p.m. EDT — Join the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) on Zoom and Facebook Live to learn about curation and responsibility as we discuss the African American Leaders and Congregations collecting initiative. In recent years, PHS has brought human and capital resources to bear on collecting records of the African American Presbyterian experience — both the original records of African American congregations, and documentation of people’s lives and ministries. As a corrective measure for what Presbyterian historians have called a “historically racist ecclesiastical body,” PHS seeks to represent in the archives the integral presence of African Americans in the PC(USA).


    5–6 p.m. EDT — The COVID-19 Memorial will be a sacred moment to pause and remember those who have died during the pandemic. The service will include Scripture, storytelling, music and prayer. Participants will be invited to share names of those we have lost. Registration link will be available soon.

  • Friday 8/28: Documentary Premiere and Young Adult Round Table

    All Day — On August 28, 2020, the PC(USA) will be joining #Give828, a national day of giving focused specifically on supporting Black-benefitting organizations. #Give828 isn’t like other fundraising campaigns. This day takes place during Black Philanthropy Month and commemorates multiple important historical landmarks in Black Americans’ march toward freedom. Donate now to support the Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries. Gifts to #Give828 will go to support leadership development for leaders of color by funding the Katie Geneva Cannon Scholarship and the Conference for Seminarians of Color.


    1 p.m. EDT — Join the Young Adult Round Table for a conversation around how young people are engaging and processing faith in the midst of racial and health pandemics. Young adults will include Destini Hodges, Christian Choi, Gene Burke, Madison McKinney, Yenny Delgado, Lee Catoe and Melva Lowry; facilitated by co-moderators Elona Street-Stewart and Gregory Bentley. This event will livestream on the PC(USA) Facebook and at the top of this website. The recording of the livestream will be posted here after the event.


    3 p.m. EDT — Join the Office of the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency for the premiere of their collaborative documentary series and e-course titled Trouble the Water: Conversations to Disrupt Racism and Dominance. Attendees will watch episode one of the series and then join a round table discussion of racial justice organizers and leaders. The full episode will be shared with those who register for this event. Register here. The round table discussion will livestream on the PC(USA) Facebook and at the top of this website. The recording of the livestream will be posted here after the event.

  • Saturday 8/29: Rally/ Public Action

    1–4 p.m. EDT — Engage the entire denomination in multi-city actions that call attention to the racial injustice and social uprising happening in our country. This event will be anchored at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, KY and will include a march for justice. This will be a connectional event and will feature various speakers, music, poets, etc. All are invited to attend and/or watch virtually on the Week of Action webpage and the PC(USA) Facebook. This event will livestream on the PC(USA) Facebook and at the top of this website. The recording of the livestream will be posted here after the event.

    All Day — People are also encouraged to advocate for policies affecting marginalized communities. View the Suggested Policy Action sheet here.

  • Sunday 8/30: Day of Service

    All Day — This day encourages congregations and mid-councils to engage in service to their communities following worship. Info sheet with volunteer opportunities and ideas linked here.


    Download Day of Service flyer for Louisville.

    People are also encouraged to advocate for policies affecting marginalized communitiesView the Suggested Policy Action sheet here