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Our Faith, Our Vote: Resources for Presbyterians to Engage with the 2018 Midterm Elections

In line with a legacy of affirming the right for all citizens to participate in the democratic process, the 223rd General Assembly passed an overture calling on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to oppose, “any efforts to restrict participation in elections, including, but not limited to, voter suppression initiatives and racially based and/or partisan gerrymandering.” The… Read more »

A Checklist for a SCOTUS Nominee who Upholds the values of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly

 “1Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, 2 to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!” Isaiah 10:1-2 NRSV   As President Trump puts together a list… Read more »

OPW Signs on to Letter Urging Retailers to Put Pesticides at Top Of Sustainability Agenda

June 28, 2018 Rodney McMullen Kroger 1014 Vine Street Cincinnati OH, 45202     Dear Mr. McMullen, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, which represent millions of customers, sustainable and responsible investors, and other stakeholders, we are urging the food retail sector to put pesticides at the top of its sustainability agenda. We urge your… Read more »

PC(USA) 223rd GA Condemns President’s EO that Detains Families Indefinitely

The 223rd Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly “condemns the President’s June 20th Executive Order ‘Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation’ that further criminalizes migration through the expansion of family detention on military bases and other government property, potentially indefinitely.” Watch Rev. Jimmie Hawkins statement HERE The president’s order does nothing to address the plight… Read more »

Take Action on World Refugee Day: Tell Congress to Welcome Refugees

JOIN WORLD REFUGEE DAY NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY JUNE 20   TELL CONGRESS TO WELCOME REFUGEES: CLICK HERE OR CALL 1-866-961-4293* *PLEASE CALL THREE TIMES TO BE CONNECTED WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND BOTH OF YOUR SENATORS.   Right now, it is more important than ever for all of our elected officials to hear that their communities welcome refugees. More than… Read more »

End Family Separation: Decriminalize Migration Grassroots Tool Kit

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[g] you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40-41 NRSV   Update June 20, 2018–  The 223 General Assembly Condemns the President’s June 20th Executive Order “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation” that further criminalizes migration… Read more »

Stated Clerk statement regarding the upcoming summit between leaders of the United States and North Korea

With the historic summit between President Donald Trump of the U.S. and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un nearing, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II has issued a statement reiterating the denomination’s persistent calls for a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.   “We lift our hearts in prayer for the… Read more »

PC(USA) Bail Out Curriculum

June 5, 2018 Money shouldn’t buy justice, however the way the system of cash bail currently works in this country, low-income people and people of color disproportionately remain in jail while the wealthy buy their liberty. This is a practice that should have been relegated to the history books. In 1833 the United States formally… Read more »