Adopted June 16, 2020 by the Session of The House of Hope Presbyterian Church.
The Anti-Racism Task Force of The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area (PTCA) describes their purpose being: “To identify and eliminate racist narratives, practices procedures, structures, etc. within the PTCA and equip and empower congregations and congregational leaders to do likewise in their churches and communities.”
The Peace and Justice Committee supports actions by The House of Hope Presbyterian Church and its members to educate and evaluate ourselves on developing and practicing policies that achieve racial justice and reduce poverty.
“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:19
“One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
Education: To educate ourselves and others on what it means to promote anti-racist policies, procedures and attitudes by:
Advocacy: To identify, explore and advocate for policies and practices within The House of Hope Presbyterian Church and local government that are anti-racist and anti-poverty by:
If you would like to become involved with the Peace and Justice Committee to work on racial justice and anti-poverty issues, please contact one of the following: Leslie Erickson at 612-481-0424 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Mary Cardinal Peterson at 651-341-7173 or PeteCardFive@outlook.com. We greatly appreciate your interest and involvement.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website:
Dismantling structural racism – https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/matthew-25/racism/
Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area (PTCA):
Presbytery Stated Meeting Packet for January 25, 2020 meeting – https://ptcaweb.org/images/Documents/Packets/1-25-2020_PACKET_ONE_AND_TWO.pdf
Report from the Anti- Racism Task Force, pages 9-10
Presbytery Leadership Team’s Report on the Institutional Assessment, pages 97-98