Compassion, Peace and Justice

 

Director’s Message

Sara Lisherness

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.

We appreciate your support!

Compassion, Peace & Justice Ministry Programs

 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA)

Presbyterian Hunger Program

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Presbyterian Office of Public Witness

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People

Office of Faith-Based Investing and Corporate Engagement

Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP)

 

Resources

PHP Post Fall 2019

Global Hunger In this issue… War is a Root Cause of Hunger Thinking and Acting Both Globally and Locally Joining Hands: Celebrating Two Decades of Global Solidarity and Social Change The Four Famines Addressing Global Hunger (centerspread can be used as a poster or placemat) …and more!   Download the PHP Post, Fall 2019 PDF

2018 PHP Impact Report

The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) works to alleviate hunger and eliminate root causes. We address hunger by working for: -More and better food -Solidarity -A more livable environment Read the 2018 Impact Report to learn more!

Bulletin insert, “I was hungry and you gave me food”

PHP is responding to famine in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, and South Sudan, and to extreme hunger in other places. This bulletin insert is available for churches, women’s groups, or others who are willing to join us in spreading the word so that we can offer further assistance.

Poster “When were you hungry?”

PHP is responding to famine in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, and South Sudan, and to extreme hunger in other places. This 11″x17″ poster is available for churches or others who are willing to join us in spreading the word so that we can offer further assistance.
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