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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 45 TOOLBOX COMING EVENTS T hinking about mending broken relationships? These tools can help. Ministries » Seminars and special training in racial and gender justice—Topics include sacred dialogue on gender justice, power and privilege, and cultural humility. presbyterianmi sion.org/ministries/racial-ethnic- and-womens-ministries/gender- and-racial-justice-ministries/ Resources for teaching and study Search for these items at presbyterianmission.org » Hope for a Global Future: Toward Just and Sustainable Human Development—This report explores the connection between poverty, scarcity and overconsump- tion, environmental degradation, and other peace and justice issues. Contains the report plus study guide. » Interfaith toolkit—This kit contains a variety of resources to help you engage with neighbors of faiths other than your own. For further reading » Read more about reconciliation in the 2016 summer issue of the Racial Ethnic Torch. presbyteria mission.org/wp-content/uploads/ torch-2016-summer.pdf Books available at thethoughtfulchristian.com: Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister's Killer by Jeanne Bishop Unclobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality by Colby Martin Race in a Post-Obama America: The Church Responds edited by David Maxwell Belhar: Our new confession Based on the values of unity, justice and reconciliation, the Belhar Confession was written in 1982 during the period of South African apartheid. Adopted as a confession of faith by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in South Africa in 1986, the Confession of Belhar has since been adopted by numerous denominations around the world. Now, 50 years after its birth, it has been included in the Book of Confessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a majority-white mainline American denomination. The 222nd General Assembly (2016) also adopted the revised/ updated churchwide antiracisim policy—Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community. The revised policy and accompany- ing study guides are available to congregations. Resources related to Belhar: Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community Explore the PC(USA) churchwide antiracism policy (with study guides) pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/ racialjustice/new_2016_antiracism_ policy.pdf Race and Reconciliation: The Confession of 1967 and Belhar thethoughtfulchristian.com/ Products/680854/race-reconciliation- the-confessions-of-1967-and-belhar- workbook.aspx Being Reformed: The Confession of Belhar thethoughtfulchristian.com/ Products/680751/the-confession-of- belhar-leaders-guide.aspx DISGRACE CONFERENCE October 10-13 Tackle the hidden histories, unad- dressed discomforts, divisions between people and communities, with a diverse community. » montreat.org/disgrace/ #UNCO16WEST October 24–26 | San Anselmo, CA UNCO is an "unconference" for church leaders, pastors, families, and seminarians. It is three days of worship and open space discussion on the church and its future. » unco.us ASSOCIATION OF STATED CLERKS MEETING MODERATORS' CONFERENCE ASSOCIATION OF MID COUNCIL LEADERS MEETING October 28–30 | Louisville, KY Meetings for stated clerks, modera- tors, and mid council leaders will precede the Polity Conference. » oga.pcusa.org/section/ mid-council-ministries/ polity-conference/ POLITY CONFERENCE 2016 October 30–31 | Louisville, KY The Polity Conference provides opportunities for mid council staff leaders to gather with Office of the General Assembly staff leaders to learn about polity issues, share common concerns, discuss the current state of the church, and discern our common life together. » oga.pcusa.org/section/ mid-council-ministries/ polity-conference/ ASSOCIATION OF PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH EDUCATORS January 25–28, 2017 | Denver, CO Theme: "God with Us in the Chaos" » apcenet.org

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