“United, Stronger We Are”
Who we are
We, the participants of the Presbyterian Immigrants Coalition (PIC), are members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Togo (EPCT), living in the United States. From September 12 to 18, 2010, many of the EEPT members residing in the US gathered in Sharon Hill, PA, at Tully Memorial Presbyterian Church to get to know each other. This first meeting enabled the participants to develop a national network. Later, they perceived the need to come together as one entity and under one leadership, so the creation of the Presbyterian Immigrants Coalition was initiated. We are not a congregation or an organization of the EPCT in the US. We are a community of Christians who acknowledge our roots in the EPCT but believe that in a relationship with other believers, we can grow and serve God in love, tolerance, and compassion. Many of the Coalition's participants are ordained pastors, lay pastors, elders, deacons, and members of the EPCT and the Presbyterian Church USA, our host denomination in the USA.
How we came to be
Our coming together as a Coalition began in 2019. The idea to form a Coalition emerged from our understanding of the Holy Scriptures:
"How good and pleasant it is,
for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity" (Ps. 133:1)
God's love for the world and Christ's compassion for those rejected because of personal or doctrinal beliefs are reasons that drive our unity.
What we believe
We believe that when we are United, We Are Stronger.
We are determined to be tolerant, to accept, appreciate, and love one another in our differences. We desire to embrace individuals and communities of different backgrounds by responding to Jesus Christ's call and follow His footsteps to be open to everyone, He who rejects no one.
Our participants include members, elders, deacons, pastors of the PCUSA. Based on this relationship with the PCUSA, the Presbyterian Immigrants Coalition is supreme in its decisions to grant membership to individuals and communities having or not a relationship with the EPCT and/or PCUSA. Anyone or community who wants to become a member of the Coalition could be if they meet the requirements set out in the Coalition's bylaw.
Our general purpose
Still holding onto the tradition of our mother church, the EPCT, we appreciate our blessings in our host land and what we have in common with other Christian traditions around us. In particular, we value what we have in common with the PCUSA. We are committed to promoting this unity in a way consistent with the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.
United, Stronger We Are!
September 12-18, 2010
SHARON HILL, PENNSYLVANIA - USA
The Coalition Grand Launching
Presbyterian Immigrants Coalition
United, Stronger We Are!
Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania
September 12 - 18, 2010