"Moving Forward": Rhetorical Analysis of the Presbyterian Church in America's Cultural Engagement

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Abstract

This essay utilizes the Rhetoric of Social Intervention to analyze how the leadership in a Southeastern U.S. based denomination, influenced by its Dutch and Scottish reformation heritage, talks about moving beyond its history and reach out beyond its predominantly Anglo-American membership. This essay looks specifically at events from the 2015 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America where church leaders presented 3 seminars about justification for and ways for the PCA to become more culturally diverse. In addition to the seminars, this essay analyzes a “protest petition,” introduced by two teaching elders, that asked the PCA leadership and members to apologize for their racial indifference from the time of the civil rights movement until today.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication"Moving Forward": Rhetorical Analysis of the Presbyterian Church in America's Cultural Engagement
PublisherLexington Books (Imprint of Rowman and Littlefield)
Pages28
StatePublished - Apr 2016

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