The Co-Moderators of the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) have taken a significant step by appointing a special committee to address the issue of race within the Presbyterian church. The Special Committee on the PC(USA) and Race, composed of seven individuals, will be tasked with examining the presence of white supremacy within the PC(USA) and its governing documents. The Committee’s responsibilities encompass investigating the institutional and foundational entrenchment of white supremacy, assessing the impact on members who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and proposing strategies to overcome resistance to change.
Notably, the Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence has been appointed as part of this committee, representing the Presbytery of Lake Michigan. Her previous experience as a member of the Special Committee on Racism, Truth, and Reconciliation brings a valuable perspective to this endeavor.
“It is an honor to be part of the important and holy work of dismantling racism in the PC(USA). I look forward to sharing the broader perspectives this work will bring with members of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan,” said Lane-Lawrence who is Executive Presbyter/ Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan.
The Co-Moderators emphasize the urgent need to confront racism, acknowledging its persistence in both society and the institutional church. The committee’s goal is to build upon the recommendations of past assemblies, fostering a deeper understanding of how these suggestions have been implemented and embraced. The committee will deliver an interim report at the 226th General Assembly in 2024 and is expected to provide comprehensive recommendations for the 227th General Assembly in 2026. Through these efforts, the PC(USA) seeks to address racism within its ranks and foster a more inclusive and just community of believers.