The voting representatives to the 2000 Churchwide Business Meeting of Presbyterian Women unanimously approved a resolution declaring Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) an antiracist organization and reaffirmed Presbyterian Women’s 1997 commitment to strive to eradicate racism. Today, we talk about these commitments in terms of practicing cultural proficiency, practicing cultural humility, and striving for racial equity.
Presbyterian Women Churchwide has created the following set of guidelines regarding what a culturally proficient identity means. These guidelines should shape the interactions of all PW groups.
Presbyterian Women is a community where
- all persons are treated with respect;
- all gifts are valued and encouraged; and
- diversity is a gift to be valued.
Presbyterian Women is an organization that
- enables and facilitates effective interaction in a diverse working environment;
- nurtures the best performance and fullest contribution of each member of the community; and
- works in a collegial style.
Participating in Presbyterian Women means we are people who
- willingly examine our own cultural norms and standards and
- are free to be heard for who we are.
As an organization committed to cultural humility, Presbyterian Women works intentionally toward transforming culture by
- becoming self-conscious critical practitioners of culture,
- understanding the dynamics of power in an organization,
- learning how to create an environment that is welcoming to diversity and to change; and
- increases its commitment to becoming an inclusive, caring community.
A structural review task group studied Presbyterian Women Churchwide and has offered recommendations for PW in the Presbytery and Synod groups on dismantling racism in the organization.
To ask a question or to learn more about Antiracism, contact Stephanie Morris.