Ethnic Concerns Consultation

Ethnic Concerns Consultation

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October 4-6, 2019


Ethnic Concerns Consultation

Ethnic Concerns Consultation, or ECC, is dedicated to bringing education and awareness of the concerns of ethnic groups to churches and all of Christendom.  The ECC is a place of encouragement that provides avenues for ethnic groups to be connected to and involved in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA).   Special time for youth engagement and activities for all ages is planned.  The ECC invites those who seek the full diversity of the church in our growing and changing culture.  All are welcome to join us at Zephyr Point in October as we come together to enable spiritual growth and cultural awareness and learn how the ECC will advocate for racial and economic justice issues in the church and society.

About the ECC

It was January of 1973 when the first Ethnic Consultation of Evangelism and Mission was held – the purpose of which was to share ethnic concerns and to explore ways of Christian outreach meaningful to ethnic persons. The Ethnic Concerns Committee (now called the Ethnic Concerns Consultations or ECC) emerged from the initial consultation and currently represents a wide diversity of ethnic backgrounds and churches within Northern and Central California and Nevada.

The Vision of the ECC

The Ethnic Concerns Committee will come together to enable spiritual growth and cultural awareness. The ECC will also advocate for racial and economic justice issues in the Church and society.

The ECC Will:

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  • Nurture cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Participate in education and consensus building around racial and economic justice issues for the purpose of taking stands as the ECC.
  • Involve newly emerging ethnic churches/fellowship, being especially sensitive to language needs.
  • Enable total involvement of the ECC membership in all the activities of the annual Consultation.
  • Increase spiritual emphasis and theological basis for our activities.
  • Plan worship that involves all the ethnic groups.

The Least of These: A Missional Engagement of the Faithful in the Work of Preventing and Alleviating Poverty.

Concern about issues of poverty have always been central to the mission of faith-based communities. Through movements such as the Poor People’s Campaign, anti-poverty is an issue integral to the healing and strengthening of communities How are we as churches and communities of faith engaged in the work of preventing and alleviating poverty? How does poverty impact you? With Matthew 25 as its backdrop, this workshop will examine poverty and privilege both nationally and its interconnected issues (i.e. living wages, homelessness, education, healthcare, and mass incarceration and how each intersects with race, class, and gender). The workshop will also equip participants with strategies centered around community organizing to create conversation around and seek to leverage congregational/communal power in engaging issues in the local community through direct action and advocacy. Using biblical perspectives of justice, the workshop is also designed to encourage relationship and community building among participants so that they may also network and together to address the issues of poverty and create systemic change.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Alonzo Johnson

Rev. Dr. Alonzo T. Johnson is the Coordinator for the Presbyterian Committee of the Self-Development of People Program (SDOP) Presbyterian Church (USA). Rev. Johnson has 25 years of experience in urban, congregational based organizing, youth/education, creative arts, peacemaking, anti-poverty and social justice ministries. Rev. Johnson was pastor at an urban congregation and Presbytery in Philadelphia, PA and has worked as a volunteer chaplain in prison ministry for 9 years. He has a BA from Bloomfield College, NJ, and an M. Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has just currently completed the D. Min. program at the same institution.

 


Room and Board

Age PCUSA Member Rate Non-PCUSA Member Rate
Adult (Single Occupancy Guest Room) $235 $350
Adult (Double Occupancy Guest Room) $135 $250
Adult (Cabin Housing) $135 $250
Youth (ages 13-17) $120 $230
Child (ages 4-12) $115 $220
Child (ages 0-3) No Charge No Charge

To Register click on the “Register Now” button at the top of the page. Be sure to make a note of all dietary needs, mobility issues, and roommate requests during the registration process.

  • Includes meals: Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration $50
  • Registration and Balance due 14 days before event start date