Ethnic Concerns Consultation

Ethnic Concerns Consultation

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October 5-7, 2018

Ethnic Concerns Consultation

The 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:


  • 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.

We are looking forward to welcoming Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins as the Keynote Speaker for this October’s retreat.

Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins is the Director of the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. This year’s focus will be Racial and Economic Justice, with Rev. Hawkins talk Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Rev. Hawkins has served churches in North Carolina and has a background in the area of youth ministry serving as a program director of Presbyterian Camps in North Carolina and Virginia. He has served as a youth minister and provided leadership for several youth retreats as well as a campus ministry intern for Salem Presbytery. He says he plans to bring a focus on children and young people in his new role.
He says he is committed to ecumenical relations having served on the global board of Church World Service and the National Council of Churches. He has chaired several local interfaith and ecumenical boards.
Hawkins’ community advocacy includes serving as a leader for the Moral Monday Movement since its start in 2013. He is a member of the NC NAACP Executive Committee and has advocated on issues of social justice before congressional and state legislative leadership.

Room and Board

Age PCUSA Member Rate Non-PCUSA Member Rate
Adult (Single Occupancy Guest Room) $235 $340
Adult(Double Occupancy Guest Room) $135 $240
Adult (Cabin Housing) $135 $240
Youth (ages 13-17) $120 $220
Child (ages 4-12) $115 $215
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