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PCUSA Joins 62 Organizations in Letter to Congress: Halt a March to War with Iran

Washington, D.C. – In light of President Trump and John Bolton’s dangerous escalations against Iran and a forthcoming intelligence briefing on Capitol Hill this afternoon, 62 organizations – including J Street, Indivisible, NIAC Action and Win Without War  – sent a letter calling on Congress to pass legislation to halt a march to war with Iran…. Read more »

Call for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Crisis with Iran!

After withdrawing from the Iran deal last spring, the Trump administration has taken several steps that have increased tension in the region. Last fall, National Security Adviser John Bolton directed the Pentagon to develop military options for attacking Iran.  And the administration has imposed numerous sanctions since withdrawing from the deal, including as recently as in… Read more »

Take Action Against Predatory Lending!

In February 2019, the current Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger released a plan to repeal a common sense rule that was created to help stop payday and car title loans from trapping people in long cycles of debt and reborrowing. This rule is a vital element of the 2017 CFPB rule which… Read more »

PCUSA Joins Letter in Support of Funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)

March 25, 2019 Dear Members of Congress: We are writing as church communions and organizations, many with a long history of involvement and work in the Middle East. Over the past year we have witnessed the negative impacts of the Trump administration’s decision to cut funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for… Read more »

Washington Report to Presbyterians, Spring 2019

If you receive our paper mailings, you will soon receive the Washington Report to Presbyterians, Spring 2019 edition. It is now available online in PDF and here on our blog. Each article is linked individually below. Washington Report to Presbyterians, Spring 2019, content includes: “The PC(USA) Stands with the Poor People’s Campaign” In February 2019, the Rev. Jimmie… Read more »

A Presbyterian Rebellion

In the 116thCongress, we welcome three new Presbyterians to Capitol Hill, for a total of 26 Presbyterian Members of Congress. There are 13 in each chamber. They are both Republicans and Democrats. As these new Presbyterians start their first term, it is worth considering the history of Presbyterianism in the American experiment. Nine presidents have… Read more »

The Work of Presbyterian Public Witness in 2019

Reformed Theology teaches that, because a sovereign God is at work in the world, the church and Christian citizens should be concerned about public policy. The Office of Public Witness (OPW) is the public policy, advocacy, and information office of the PC(USA). We function as the voice of General Assembly in Washington, DC, and elsewhere…. Read more »

Penalizing BDS Undermines 1st Amendment

Legislation Penalizing Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) Undermines First Amendment Protections In an ecumenical statement on November 14, 2018, sixteen U.S. Christian leaders outlined developments in U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine since the beginning of the Trump Administration, noting the negative impacts on Palestinians and on prospects for peace in the region. The statement was sent to… Read more »

PCUSA Stands with the Poor People’s Campaign

In February 2019, the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness (OPW), stood with the Rev. Dr. William Barber and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis to launch Phase 2 of the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC), which remains focused on the goal of organizing the 140 million poor folks in our country… Read more »

Welcome Christian Brooks!

The Office of Public Witness is pleased to welcome our new Representative for Domestic Issues, Christian Brooks. A St. Louis native, Christian recently graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. As a seminarian, Christian served as President of the Student Association and co-founded a student advocacy group called Seminarians United for Racial Justice (SURJ), which is committed… Read more »