Posts Categorized: Race

The Power of Community and Agency to Transform Society

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization By Jennifer Evans, mission specialist for the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP)   During PHP’s spring advisory committee meeting, we visited one of our newest grant partners, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) in Chicago. In this predominantly Mexican-American community, their office is located in the Little Village neighborhood and appears… Read more »

Prayers, calls and continued learning for Standing Rock

To keep up to date with calls to action, invitations to prayer, and continued links for further learning, visit the new Standing Rock page on this blog. Also, compiled on that page are PCUSA policies and the various articles and resources from the last few months for that page.  

Prayer Vigil in Spirit and Solidarity with Standing Rock

Prayer Vigil in Spirit and Solidarity with Standing Rock Thurs, Nov 3, 12-12:30pm  In a simple prayer vigil, we will join our voices with all those who are demanding attention to broken treaty rights, to fair treatment of those who practice civil disobedience, and acknowledgement of our complicity in sins of racism and injustice. We… Read more »

Update on Standing Rock

Yesterday the Presbyterian News Services released an article “Standing in solidarity with Standing Rock” that reminds us to be in prayer after last week’s clashes in North Dakota as Native American brothers and sisters and allies continue to witness against the current construction plans of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Originally planned to be built near… Read more »

Support for Standing Rock

As colder weather soon begins in the area where hundreds of people have gathered with the Standing Rock Sioux–to protect water, land, tribal rights and harmonious relationships with the earth–Presbyterian Native American leaders are providing for ways that all Presbyterians can support this historical gathering. To begin with, as needs for safe and sturdy lodging… Read more »

Presbyterians Standing with Standing Rock Sioux and Others

You may have seen the recent Presbyterians News Service story on the Presbytery of Northern Plains’ earth care team sending a prayerful witness and supplies to the water “protectors” in North Dakota, through Rev. Paul Henschen, a member of Presbyterians for Earth Care.  This comes on the heals of the statement of support from Stated… Read more »

Environmental Justice: Prayerful Solidarity and Faithful Action

From Jean Ritchie’s “Black Waters” lyrics about the environment in Appalachia to hazardous waste disposal occuring primarily African-American communities, environmental justice concerns are part of our faithful concerns for our world to do better and to be better. Presbyterian teens are discussing environmental racism, mission co-workers are working with sisters and brothers around the world… Read more »

Teens Gather Around Environmental Racism

  What is environmental racism? What constitutes environmental “justice” for all? The discussions of these and other questions with the fabulous teens at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium last week were lively, stimulating, and meaningful. More than 85 young people made their way to this workshop on the Friday morning of Triennium, even as they had… Read more »

Ecumenical Statement on Flint

Creation Justice Ministries, our ecumenical roundtable of denominations working for care of God’s creation–formerly the National Council of Churches’ Eco-Justice Program, helped us pull together a statement in response to the Flint crisis. The issues surrounding the Flint situation are complex, multi-faceted, serious, and urgent. We continue to compile resources as we’re able and to… Read more »