Faith & Religion

Confessions and questions

Religion | PCA confesses past racism and approves study committee on women in ministry
by James Bruce
Posted 7/08/16, 01:00 am

Race and gender. Not easy issues, but commissioners to the 44th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) tackled both this June.

Questions about racism, past and present, dominated deliberations at the district level before GA: The districts, called presbyteries, send resolutions (“overtures”) to the assembly, and two-thirds of them this year dealt with racism. The GA overwhelmingly approved one overture confessing past and present sins of racism, and another to establish a study committee on racial reconciliation.

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Context for the PCA’s repenting of racism

Race Issues | Historic act helps expose actions and attitudes long swept under the rug
by Anthony Bradley
Posted 6/29/16, 04:59 pm

Last week, with an overwhelming majority, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) passed an overture confessing and repenting of historic Presbyterian sins of discriminating against minority cultures, those committed during the civil rights era, and “continuing racial sins of ourselves and our fathers” at its 44th General Assembly in Mobile, Ala.

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Southern summit

Religion | Southern Baptists reject Confederate flag, address cultural concerns
by James Bruce
Posted 6/24/16, 01:00 am

“It’s not often that I find myself wiping away tears in a denominational meeting,” Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), wrote on his blog, “but I just did.”

The cause was SBC passage at its June 14-15 annual meeting of a resolution urging Christians “to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole Body of Christ, including our African-American brothers and sisters.”

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