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Ethnic Concerns Consultation

Ethnic Concerns Consultation

We are excited to see you for ECC 2022 from October 7-9!  Registration for ECC is now open! 

Register Here


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.

2022 Gathering:

Event Dates: October 7-9th

Event Theme: At the Threshold

Scriptural Focus: Jeremiah 6:16a; Ephesians 2:19-22

This Jubilee Year will be a celebration of the 50 years of the Ethnic Concerns Committee, as well as a time to begin shaping the new directions of ECC for the coming years.  We are at the threshold of new beginnings in a growing multicultural church and presbytery, and we have new issues to address with focus, advocacy, and witness to God’s justice for all people.  This Consultation invites all people interested to join in celebrating our diversity and to hear from guest speakers who will challenge us to form the future witness of inclusion and witness for all God’s people.

Keynote Speakers: Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Elona Street-Stewart, Bruce Reyes-Chow

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis is Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II that organized the largest and most expansive wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in US history. She is the Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary.

She has spent over the past two decades organizing amongst the poor in the United States, working with and advising grassroots organizations with significant victories including the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Vermont Workers Center, Domestic Workers United, the National Union of the Homeless and the Kensington Welfare Rights Union.

Liz received her BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania; her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 2004 where she was the first William Sloane Coffin Scholar; and her PhD from Union in New Testament and Christian Origins. She has been published in Time MagazineThe GuardianSojournersThe NationThe Christian Century, and others. Liz was named one of the Politico 50 of “thinkers, doers and visionaries whose ideas are driving politics” in 2018. She gave a TED Talk, “A Call for Moral Revival” with Rev. Dr. William Barber in 2018.

Liz is the author of Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor (Eerdmans, 2017). She is co-author of Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing (Beacon, 2018). Liz is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and teaches at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

 

Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow is an author, speaker, parent, consultant, coach, podcaster, and pastor. He speaks and writes on issues of faith, technology, race, parenting, and church culture.

He was the Moderator of the 218th General Assembly and is currently the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto. He is also a Senior Consultant and Coach with The Convergence Network and a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of More Light Presbyterians and is active in supporting hybrid worship and technology efforts across denominations.

Bruce hosts the podcast, BRC & Friends and is the author of five books. His latest is, “In Defense of Kindness” (Chalice Press, 2021) and he is currently working on his next book, “Everything I Believe about God” ( 2023)

He has an active online presence and can be found on most social networks via @breyeschow

 

Elona Street-Stewart, Delaware Nanticoke, is a ruling elder and active church member in Saint Paul, MN.  She is the Synod Executive for the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, having already been synod program staff for over 20 years. Elona also has served the PCUSA on racial justice matters in mission development, denominational policies, and education programs since 1980.  She has been engaged for four decades in grass root and national advocacy on racial equity, Indian education, family empowerment and public policy.  Elona has received many honors, including Minnesota American Indian Parent of the Year 1998, a national PW Women of Faith Award 2010, and a Peacemaker Award in recognition of Mahatma Gandhi’s 147th birthday.  She was the first Native American elected to an urban school board in Minnesota, serving on the Saint Paul School Board of Education  for three terms, 2001-2013, as well as the first Indigenous synod  executive in the PCUSA.   She received the 2018 Alumna Seal Award from Occidental College for Professional Excellence-Service to Community in 2018.  Elona was elected as the first Indigenous CoModerator of the 224th General Assembly, PCUSA, along with Rev Gregory Bentley in June 2020.   Macalester College conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for Elona in June 2021.   An Upward Bound student from Philadelphia and Occidental college graduate, Elona and her husband, Rev. David Stewart, have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

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 BIPOC persons. The Ethnic Concerns Committee (now called the Ethnic Concerns Consultation 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.

2022 Room and Board Rates:

Age Fee
Adult (Single Occupancy Room) TBD
Adult (Double Occupancy Room) TBD
Youth (ages 4-17) TBD
Child (ages 0-3) TBD
Non-Participant (Spouse/Partner) TBD
Commuter TBD

*A discount code is available for PC(USA) participants. Please call (665-588-6759 ext. 113) or email (programs@zephyrpoint.org) our office for more information.

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

    Health and Safety Policies and Protocols

    Here at Zephyr Point, the health and safety of our guests is always our first priority. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are committed to crafting inclusive policies that will allow us to open all of our programs. Additionally, the reality of increased wildfire risk across the Western Region means that we need to be prepared for camp and program operations during periods of poor air quality due to wildfire smoke. Keeping our programs open requires creativity, logistical effort, and commitment on behalf of both Zephyr Point staff and program participants alike, and we thank you in advance for your commitment to keeping our community safe.

    By registering for a Zephyr Point Summer program, you agree to follow the policies and procedures outlined in our Fall 2022 Program Health and Safety Plan (v4). Please be sure to review the policies for the program you will be participating in BEFORE registering. All of the policies in this plan are based on recommendations and directives from the following agencies and organizations: 

    • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
    • State of Nevada Declarations and Guidance
    • Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services
    • American Camping Association (ACA)

    Of course, these guidelines are subject to change, so please plan to check back for revisions of this safety plan between now and the week prior to your scheduled program (the date at the top of the document will indicate the last revision). Any major policy changes will be sent directly to registrants.