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When Jesus was asked to state the greatest commandment, he replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart ... And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself." In this complex age, one way we love our neighbors is to help shape the laws and policies that define how we live together in God's world.

Advocacy Training Weekend 2015

“Breaking the Chains:  Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation”

Make a New Year’s Resolution to take a stand against human rights violations. Join us, April 17-20, 2015 for Advocacy Training Weekend, as we explore the problems and solutions facing society today.

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Holy Discontentment: Boycott!

the power of the pocketbook to create social change

The situation in Israel/Palestine engenders holy discontentment for people who yearn for all of God’s children, including Palestinians and Israelis, to live in peaceful coexistence. In 2012, the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by an overwhelming majority to call for a boycott of goods produced in the illegal Israeli settlements.Through this resource on boycotting Israeli settlement products, the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness hopes that Presbyterians can channel their holy discontentment in the service of a just peace in Israel/ Hope: A Justice Movement is Growing in the United States


The Winter 2014 Washington Report to Presbyterians is available!  

the latest news from the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness includes:

  • Register Now for Two Great Events at this year’s Advocacy Training Weekend! Jesus Weeps – Resisting Violence, Building Peace
  • North Carolina Moral March Brings Hope: A Justice Movement is Growing in the United States
  • Action Alert: Make Trade Fair
  • Action Alert: Support Workers
  • Farm Bill Update
  • Celebrating 23 Years of Second Tuesday Briefings
  • Celebrating Service Learning: Meet our 2014 Spring Seminary Interns
  • Where are they Now? Featuring our Summer Fellowship and Internship Alumni



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2014 Office of Public Witness Issues Brochure

The Office of Public Witness annually sets issue priorities based on directions from the General Assembly and taking into account issues that may see action from Congress or the Administration. 

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New Resource! Advocacy as Discipleship

a people called to witness

A Four-week Daily Devotional Guide by Blair Moorhead

Four weeks of reflection. How do you want to use this time? You might take intentional study time during the four weeks of Advent; you might choose four weeks of Lent to spend in reflection; or you might find you want to use it as a centering exercise in the middle of summer. You may also want to share this study with a group at your church or home. Whatever the season, and whether alone or communally, this guide will help you think about the links between Christ’s witness and our own call to be advocates as disciples for God’s justice in the world.  Download the complete guide

Holy Discontentment Advocacy Resource


Holy Discontentment: Lifting Your Voice for Effective Advocacy outlines the tools in the advocate’s toolbox, discusses their effectiveness, and gives suggestions on truly effective advocacy strategies.  Now, with a newly updated section on using social media as an advocacy tool! Download

Respectful Dialogue Initiative (RDI)

Our next step: Challenging the current tide of political divisiveness

While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. "This," he said, "is what you have heard from me.” (Acts 1:4)

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) is committed to partnering with congregations, sessions, and other governing bodies committed to engaging in effective advocacy work. I have visited 44 presbyteries in the past two years to deliver this message and explain the work of the OPW. During this period, Presbyterians expressed in open forums and private conversations their deep frustration with the vitriolic rhetoric emanating from Washington politicians of all political parties. It is clear that there is little hope for the Washington political establishment to rehabilitate itself. The simple reason is that “negative advertising wins campaigns.” It is incumbent upon persons in local communities to call for civility through challenging three basic assumptions: 1) politicians are more powerful than local communities; 2) partisan politics is a permanent determinant of political power that cannot be challenged; 3) politics is too divisive for our congregations to discuss.

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Advocacy as Discipleship – Raise Hope for the Congo

“The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered from regional conflict and a deadly scramble for its vast natural resources for more than a century. Congo’s natural resources and the world’s voracious appetite for them have been the principal force behind atrocities and conflict throughout Congo’s violent and tortured history. In fact, the mineral wealth in eastern Congo today is financing multiple armed groups who use mass rape and other forms of violence as a calculated strategy to frighten, coerce, and control local populations…” Read more, download the full resource

Learn more about legislation and advocacy

Holy Discontentment Advocacy Resource: Download

List of Presbyterians in the 113th Congress: Download

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