Friends in Christ,
It has been a busy summer for Compassion, Peace & Justice. I write this just before leaving for Big Tent in Baltimore.
By the time you read this newsletter, we will have just launched a major initiative on mental health during Big Tent. This initiative is a response to a significant action of the 223rd General Assembly (2018), calling on the church to provide networking and support to congregations and mid councils seeking to respond compassionately to people struggling with mental health issues.
In addition to more information about this initiative, there are numerous other important opportunities to engage in the ministries of Compassion, Peace & Justice, including a travel study opportunity to Puerto Rico and advocacy for refugees, affordable housing, confronting racism and ending gun violence.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to bear witness to the love and justice of Jesus Christ!
In the faith we share,
Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness
“Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.”—Isaiah 58:12
The Compassion, Peace & Justice (CPJ) ministry engages with Presbyterians and partners across the U.S. and internationally to:
End poverty and hunger as we:
- Assist and accompany vulnerable communities working to improve their lives
- Support education, training and capacity-building programs
- Work for long-term solutions to systemic poverty and injustice
- Listen to, amplify the voices of partners, and join in action toward these goals
Restore communities impacted by disaster as we:
- Partner with communities affected by disasters, environmental degradation and systemic racism
- Provide training, disaster preparedness and capacity-building programs for mid councils, partners and responders
- Mitigate the impact of disasters and their underlying causes
Promote peace and transform cultures of violence as we:
- Educate, advocate and respond to domestic and international conflicts
- Provide opportunities to learn about peacemaking initiatives, and to accompany impacted communities
- Address structural racism, white supremacy, misogyny and violence; and work for human rights and dignity
- Encourage the study and practice of nonviolence
- Confront the epidemic of gun violence
Promote solidarity with people as we:
- Amplify the voices of those whom society marginalizes and stand with communities as they defend their rights
- Challenge systems of oppression, discrimination and abuse
- Partner with those who seek livable wages and just labor practices
- Engage with partners working with refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, citizens returning from incarceration, and people impacted by trafficking or forced labor
Promote solidarity with creation as we:
- Work toward environmental justice, creation care, sustainable living, appropriate technologies and climate justice
- Support food and farm systems that restore God’s creation
- Challenge systems that put profit ahead of health, safety and the environment
- Honor and respond to the leadership of frontline communities experiencing environmental degradation and/or environmental racism
- Articulate and advocate for a just transition toward an equitable and sustainable economy
The ministries of Compassion, Peace and Justice are supported by your contributions to the Presbyterian Mission Agency through your local congregation.