All the Israelite men and women whose hearts made them willing to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done, brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord. (Exodus 35:29 NRSV)
The past year has been marked by grave threats to the marginalized and repeated need for powerful mobilizations of solidarity and support. At the Office of Public Witness, we saw a renewed need for prophetic advocacy and grassroots organizing on behalf of God’s beloved community. We have devoted greater resources to supporting leadership in the pews and in the streets- our goal is to ensure you have the training, the background and the information to raise your collective voices.
The call to justice work has never been louder and we need we need your help to answer that call. Please click HERE to make a contribution to the work of the Office of Public Witness.
There are many opportunities we provide for Presbyterians to increase their skills and the impact of their justice work. Our internship program continues to grow and, as a result of a new emphasis we have put on outreach to young people, we are hearing that young adults and college students are resonating with a call to justice and advocacy in their daily lives. Furthermore, we are training more advocates of all ages through Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) and Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day. In the past two years we have increased our annual attendance by 30% each year and have begun to support regional advocacy days in Presbyteries and Synods around the country. We continue to be in partnership with you through our briefings, webinars, conference calls, and good, old-fashioned one-on-ones. Out trainings prepare you to build your social witness ministry and demonstrate the power of a prophetic voice in the halls of power.
In an effort to keep you informed, we have expanded our communications strategy to include print, online/email, and social media (blogging, Twitter, Facebook). Our staff members hold leadership roles in the ecumenical and interfaith community on a Faithful Federal Budget, Health Care, Immigration, Middle East Peace, Eco-Justice, International Global Security and conflict resolution, Africa issues, International Economic Justice and Human Rights.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
Made out to Presbyterian Church USA
Memo: OPW ECO#865714
In the Faith We Share,
Rev. Jimmie Hawkins
Director, Office of Public Witness