Given the history of the Presbytery of Chicago and the need for racial and justice work, CARE is charged to thoroughly, intentionally, and continuously assist the Presbytery of Chicago to root out and dismantle the evils of racism and white supremacy embedded in our structures and assist the presbytery to become a model for an inclusive, anti-racist, multicultural community free of all types of bias. CARE will be the Committee on Representation (COR) for the presbytery; therefore, this work will include all COR responsibilities.
 
 

The Work of CARE:

 
  • Deepen our understanding that diversity is not about optics or even simply about representation and that homogeneity is unnatural, unhealthy and opposed to the gospel. Truly diverse communities are generative, creative, and reflective of God’s intent for creation.
  • Make visible what is invisible and deepen our own self-understanding of the ways we all have been shaped and misshaped by white supremacy, individually, culturally, institutionally, historically, and contemporaneously.
  • Deepen our understanding of our own (individual and corporate) complicity in maintaining white supremacy and cultivate spaces and opportunities for confession by naming the harms done.
  • Build compassionate relationships that facilitate honest and courageous conversations about our racial identities and experiences.
  • Attend to the intersections of oppressions where we and our communities are entangled. The ways that racism, patriarchy, misogyny, ableism, classism, and homophobia work in concert to create and sustain systems of dominance, particularly white dominance.
  • Identify the ways in which white congregations have benefited from generational wealth while communities of color have been left out of that inherited wealth by being denied financial and structural access, and advocate for the redistribution of resources (reparations).
  • Be accountable to communities of color within the Presbytery of Chicago, answer to these communities and be responsible for the ways in which our institution uses its power.
  • Work within the Chicago Presbytery, including commissions, committees, staff, and working groups, and in all realms and relationships: congregations, Presbytery Assembly, Synod, General Assembly, as well as our ecumenical relationships and our neighbors.
  • Equip our congregations to do anti-racism and equity work within their own communities.
    Seek flourishing community where all are absolutely recognized as those created in the image of God, having unique and common dignity and worth.
 
As a commission, CARE is authorized to do this work by the Presbytery Assembly, and carries the authority to do this work from deep within our Reformed tradition, which is informed by the Bible, our theology, our confessions, and our polity.