The PCA is engaged in a “racial reconciliation” process but, to date, I haven’t seen anyone explain what that means exactly.  (If anyone has seen some explanations or specifics, please let me know.  I know there must be a lot of things I miss.)

Over Labor Day weekend, Rev. Duke Kwon gave a sermon at a conference sponsored by the denomination’s own seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary.  Rev. Kwon’s sermon ended with some specific recommendations.  In Rev. Kwon’s view, “reparation is a fruit of racial repentance.”  He goes on to explain further:

Applied to the church, “reparation” wouldn’t simply mean a redistribution of material resources to individuals, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t involve material resources at all.  Ecclesiastical reparations might involve financially black churches in under-resourced congregations. It might include a denomination setting aside a more radical amount of money to subsidize its cross-cultural or specifically African American ministries. Again, the idea is that of repairing and recovering what was lost by the historic exclusion of African Americans from our churches. And so, ecclesiastical reparations might also include new approaches to leadership and polity that isn’t simply more inclusive of African Americans, but that centers on their gifts and abilities.  It would involve a restructuring of community practices, say, amplifying minority voices, rewriting our liturgies, reconsidering come contours of our confessional theology, rearranging our hymnody, all guided by a repentance imagination that pictures what ecclesial life might have been like today, had African Americans been part of our churches for the last 300 years. 

If you want to watch the full sermon, it is posted on youtube here.

And you can find (what I believe to be) a pretty accurate transcription here (I’ve bolded the most relevant portions):


Whatever proposals come out of the racial reconciliation process will be considered at future General Assemblies and in other church courts.  Its important for more REs to be at these General Assemblies so they can vote on these proposals

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