Understanding Reparations
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From the Acting Director by Rev. T. Denise Anderson
Reparations and the Presbyterian Church

The Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 3, 2019. It was sponsored by Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18].

H.R. 40 establishes the Commission to study and develop reparation proposals for African-Americans. The commission will examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies. It will study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, and its subsequent economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

The Rev. Dr. Rhashell Hunter, who previously served as the Director of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries felt this subject was critical to support the Matthew 25 goal of dismantling structural racism. Below are her reflections on the topic of reparations

The Rev. T. Denise Anderson
Acting Director, Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries

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Revs. Denise Anderson, left, and Shanea Leonard, right
PC(USA)’s Washington office signs letter backing reparations legislation

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness is among the nearly 200 supporters calling for passage of H.R. 40.

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Revs. Denise Anderson, left, and Shanea Leonard, right
Understanding reparations

"Reparation" is a word sparking public curiosity — and controversy. Defined as "making amends for a wrong one has done," the reparations conversation has recently gone from ambiguous talk to concrete actions.

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Revs. Denise Anderson, left, and Shanea Leonard, right
Addressing race and reparations

The Rev. Dr. Mark Lomax discusses the Church’s role in racism with a GA special committee.

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Revs. Denise Anderson, left, and Shanea Leonard, right
Mentoring the Next Generation of Leaders in the PC (USA)

Leadership Institutes were established as a ministry of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries (formerly RE&WM) in 2010 with the first clergywomen of color leadership Institute held at Montreat, as well as the Mentoring Event for Leaders of Color in Pastoral Ministry held at Zephyr Point in 2019:

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