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Special Committee on Racism Truth and Reconcilation

Special Committee on Racism Truth and Reconcilation

Special Committee on Racism Truth and Reconciliation


The Assembly has mandated that the Special Committee conduct a churchwide listening campaign, on a regional basis, “to hear the voices of peoples long silenced regarding the state of institutional racism and oppression within our church.” 

This first part of the work of the special committee will feed directly into their charge to report back to the General Assembly with recommendations for action. Your stories will have a direct impact in influencing this work.

Listening Group Sessions

Your histories, your experiences, your stories, your voices no longer silenced – we’re listening.

June 27-30, 2019        Atlanta, GA | National Black Presbyterian Caucus
July 12-14, 2019          Seattle, WA | Native American Women's Gathering
July 16-20, 2019         Purdue University | Youth Triennium
August 1-3, 2019         Baltimore, MD | Big Tent
October 7-10, 2019     Montreat, NC | CoInspire
October 17-20, 2019   Baltimore, MD | Mid Council Leaders Gathering

There will be more opportunities for listening groups in other regions as well as opportunities to meet via Zoom video-conference and other technologies.
If you have any questions, please contact the committee at or staff resources Denise Anderson & Valerie Izumi

Committee Members

Marta Pumroy (Co-Moderator)
Cedar Rapids, IA

Hiram Pérez-Cordero
Atlanta, GA

Byron Wade (Co-Moderator)
Raleigh, NC

Miguel Rosa-Morales 
Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Stanley Bhasker
Bath, NY

Pam Tajima Praeger
Spokane, WA

Amy Busse Stoker
Spring Hill, TN

Angela Ryo
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Kate Jones Calone
Setauket, NY

Joe Scrivner
Tuscaloosa, AL

Ryan Landino
Geneseo, IL

Stella Webster
Farmington, NM

Fran Lane-Lawrence
Portage, MI


Staff Resources 
Denise Anderson  
Valerie Izumi


The Special Committee on Racism Truth and Reconciliation was created by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) as a special commission and reconstituted as a special committee by the 223rd General Assembly (2018). 

Despite the commitment of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to dismantle racism, racism stills exists even within the church’s own structures. This is not for the lack of policies, reports, strategies, anti-racism training, cultural proficiency workshops, and actions to disrupt white supremacy culture.  The work and struggle against the sin of racism must continue so that we can be faithful to God’s intention for the church and for humanity.

Question or concerns?  Contact the Special Committee on Racism Truth and Reconciliation at or staff resources: Denise Anderson & Valerie Izumi