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GRACE Council


"In the response to the demonstrated need to have Christians respectfully participating in diversity discussions in today's culture, the GRACE Council is intended to be more proactive in creating an environment within the student body where students are prepared and comfortable in discussions about various issues of diversity. I believe the council is essential to PCA because it addresses a very practical and relational element of education that will allow Christians to actively demonstrate the love of Christ to all kinds of people."
Jacob Buttry, PCA Class of 2016
2016 Princeton Prize in Race Relations Winner for Dallas Area
Inaugural Member of GRACE Council

What is the G.R.A.C.E. Council?

The G.R.A.C.E. Council Proposal (2015-16)

First and Foremost – We approach this council with our first and most important identity in Christ. Our first response to any situation should always be seeking God and what His word says about the issue. PCA is a diverse community that continues to grow in diversity but the one thing that we have in common is our faith… Our first identity and our main purpose is that we are Christians created to glorify Christ.

“What”: A council composed of students from the upper school student body, who will meet and seek to improve the school environment as it pertains to G.R.A.C.E.

Purpose: In fulfilling the PCA diversity program mission statement, the G.R.A.C.E. council serves to create a Kingdom-focused environment throughout the Upper School that embraces the individual differences God has created in each person.


  • Better educate ourselves and the student body in regards to G.R.A.C.E.

  • Cultivate an environment that allows for dialogue within the student body that is glorifying to God concerning G.R.A.C.E.

Founders: Jacob Buttry, Kylie Smith, Elizabeth Soliman

Advisor: Director of Diversity, Jenny Brady

Application Process:
Each member of the G.R.A.C.E. Council must be selected. Applying members will complete the on-line application which requires the following information:

  • Name/Grade
  • What areas of G.R.A.C.E. have influenced your worldview?
  • List 1-2 teachers/administrators as a spiritual reference
  • Interview (10/15 mins during lunch/activity with founders and advisor)
  • What areas of G.R.A.C.E. have influenced your worldview?
  • What effect do you think you would have through this program?
  • How do you think PCA is dealing with diversity right now? What changes do you want to see?
  • Explain your spiritual walk
  • Scale of 1-5, what is your:
    • Spiritual depth
    • Willingness to be a voice amongst student body for this topic
    • Ability to dialogue in a situation with various opinions and thoughts
    • Area(s) of G.R.A.C.E. covered by applicant


  • Occur on a monthly basis towards the first of each month
  • Led by founders
  • Specific topics addressed with approval by sponsor

Possible Outcomes:

  • Twitter/social media accounts that send out articles, questions to create dialogue which will continue to educate—with administrator approval
  • Input into recommendations for faculty/student/parent training including but not limited to:
    • All School Worship
    • Faculty training
    • Chapels
    • Curriculum
    • Possible events such a movie viewings, article reviews…

Ideas of Current Topics to Explore:

  • International and new students assimilation into PCA
  • Social justice and how it affects PCA with programs like Minimester, curriculum, service projects
  • Economic differences including increasing income gaps and Christian response
  • Racial conversations
  • Microaggressions/jokes
  • Dating
  • White privilege
  • State of racial tension in the US
  • Male/female roles and how they are perceived at PCA
  • Athletics/arts
  • Stereotypes


  • Application process in place each year
  • Leadership chosen based on
  • Seniority
  • Attendance and participation during year

What's Happening


To apply to be part of the GRACE Council please complete the form under the Apply to become part... tab