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PCA General Assembly Votes to Repent of Racism in the Church

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Jun 27
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The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) recently voted to repent of the sins of racism during their General Assembly meeting in Mobile, Alabama.


 According to, PCA leaders voted 861 to 123 to corporately repent of racism in the church during the civil rights era.


The one-page resolution passed by the General Assembly stated that even though the PCA wasn’t founded until nine years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, “during the civil rights period, there were founding denominational leaders and churches who not only failed to pursue racial reconciliation but also actively worked against it.”


The PCA had debated formally repenting of the sins of racism as a denomination last year, but chose to give individual churches within the denomination time to discuss the topic within their congregations and to come to a full understanding of what they need to repent from and what steps should be taken.


Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Committee, voiced his praise for the PCA’s decision: 


“Thank you to our brothers and sisters at #PCAGA for standing up for racial unity and repentance,” Moore tweeted.


Moore and other Southern Baptist leaders recently gathered in St. Louis for their General Assembly meeting as well. During that meeting, Southern Baptist leaders voted to repudiate the Confederate flag.



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Publication date: June 27, 2016