Mission and Purpose
The Office of Gender and Racial Justice assists the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in fulfilling its commitment to become an open, inclusive and racially just church through worship-based action. Worship-based action is founded upon a Reformed Biblical understanding of gender equality and justice.
The Office of Gender and Racial Justice also facilitates ministries that assist the PC(USA) in achieving parity for women in their leadership roles in the church, acknowledging that God calls women and men into all ministries of the church. In society, the Office of Gender and Racial Justice gives a voice to those on the margins of the culture through empowering ministry. Partnering with other Presbyterian Mission Agency offices, empowerment is actualized through witness, education and opportunities to freely use one’s gifts at all levels of the church. Dialogue is a key to bringing about these changes in the church and society; hence we provide space for sacred conversations around these issues.
Staff in this office will visit congregations and middle governing bodies offering seminars and special training in gender equality. We seek opportunities to talk with elders, pastor nominating committees, presbyteries and committees on ministry. Ways in which our denomination can be more reflective of society in embracing women parity is open for discussion. We believe sacred conversations are the starting point for meeting the General Assembly mandate to become an open, inclusive and racially just church. For more information on gender justice.