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.
In our 51st year of ECC, we gather as a culturally and ethnically diverse body to consider the role of the Church in discussions of justice, white supremacy, and colonialism. Recognizing that the Church has been complicit in many systems of oppression throughout its history, we seek to explore this questions as members of the Church TODAY, embedded in our unique historical moment.
This years Planning Team raised the names of many who have worked and continue to work for racial justice in the church and the world. Our theme is based on many discussions and specifically Martin Luther King, Jr. speech in 1968, “Remaining Awake During the Revolution.”
MLK uses the Rip Van Winkle story and how Rip slept 20 years and through a revolution. When Rip woke up he didn’t know who he was or what to do. Has the church slept through the last 54 years? And now we are faced with the same questions. How can we follow in the footsteps of our forebears who have fought for justice in our history and envisioned a future where the kin-dom of God is a reality for all God’s children.
This is not a time for complacency or continuation of the status quo – This is the Moment…..
Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won a 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press and was named Outreach Magazine’s 2019 Social Issues Resource of the Year. Gilliard’s latest book, Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege won Englewood Review of Books 2021 book of the year award. Gilliard also serves as an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary in its School of Restorative Arts and serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association. In 2015, the Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.” Earlier this year, Gilliard received North Park Theological Seminary’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
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 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.
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