The Commission on Reconciliation facilitates the work of community engagement through the Presbytery's partnerships; and, by building our congregations' capacity to engage in advocacy in the Public Square. The Commission offers congregational leaders concrete methods in which they can engage in reconciliation in their neighborhoods and the world. The Commission also supports the Presbytery's shared witness through national programs such as the Self-Development of People and other efforts to alleviate hunger, render aid to those in need and advocate for human rights. In addition, the Commission supports and oversees the Presbytery’s effort to dismantle racism and promote racial, and economic equality.
PCUSA General Assembly
History of CEDEPCACEDEPCA began its biblical-theological education for clergy and lay persons in 1987, during Guatemala's Civil War. The war began with a political coup over land reform. It progressed to Mayan genocide, and culminated in the wholesale murder of Christian social reform activists. It was clear to CEDEPCA founders that life-denying theology needed to be confronted with Reformed ideas, made available to anyone who dared to explore a new theology that would prepare them for service in Jesus' name.
PCUSA Office of Public Witness
Self Development of People
Baltimore - Dakota Learning Camps
Enduring Witness Reconciliation
Community Engagement grants are directed for community outreach, more specifically for community organizing and community engagement by congregations in the Presbytery of Baltimore. There is $25,000 total available for 2019 to be awarded by the Commission on Reconciliation. The grants will be awarded up to $7,500 per applicant.
- Faith-based community organizing is the way a congregation partners with its local community to work for change/transformation, together. It involves deep listening and leadership development to move toward joint action. This is a specific form of community engagement which is built on relational meetings, power analysis, action and evaluation.
- Community engagement is a broader term to reflect ways in which a local congregation works collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, common interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of the community members.
Use of Funds
- Funding may be requested for new initiatives or to strengthen current community organizing and community engagement activities. Funds, therefore, may be used for training or mentoring activities in addition to expenses incurred in direct engagement.
- Grants will be awarded on an annual basis. However, applicants will be allowed to apply for additional funding in subsequent years.