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A Reflection on Loss and Damage for a Season of Thanksgiving

By Lucy McDermott, Young Adult Volunteer My name is Lucy McDermott: I am the Young Adult Volunteer at OPW this year, working on the immigration and environment portfolios. A lot of my work over the past couple of weeks has centered around COP27, a large international climate summit attended by government and NGO representatives, including… Read more »

Gender Justice: An Urgent Need

  By Sarah Myers  Sarah Myers is our International Summer Fellow and will be working on gender justice issues.  She is a graduate of Presbyterian College and is currently working on her Master’s degree in history at Georgetown University where she is focusing on the history of female combatants in Zimbabwe and Namibia. Sarah will… Read more »

PCUSA Joins 23 Faith Organizations in Letter to President Biden on Cuba Policy

President Joseph R. Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 June 29, 2022 Dear President Biden: As representatives of faith-based denominations and organizations, many of whom have a long history of relationships with Cuban faith partners, we are writing to thank you and your administration for taking measures to lift some… Read more »

Join us for a webinar – Israel/Palestine: Is this Apartheid? May 3rd at noon EDT

Israel/Palestine:  A discussion with human rights experts — is this Apartheid? May 3rd, 12 – 1pm EDT Click here to register! Sponsored by the Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, World Mission, and the Israel Palestine Mission Network Many Palestinians have for decades looked to the Black South Africans’ struggles against… Read more »

Linking Our Voice: Change Not Chains

LINKING OUR VOICES: Make Paper Chains with Jubilee USA’s Change, Not Chains Campaign   Who: You and thousands around the country will link your voices to break the chains of global poverty, debt, and economic injustice. COVID 19 takes lives, impacts jobs, affects healthcare, and drives a global economic crisis. What: Your chain symbolizes the… Read more »

Compassion Peace and Justice Training 2022

  Compassion Peace and Justice Training 2022     The Fierce Urgency of Civil and Human Rights   April 19th – 2-4 pm EDT April 20th – 2:30-4 pm EDT   As we look around the country and around the globe, the issues of human rights have never been more pressing.  The attack on voting rights at home… Read more »

U.S. Sanctions on the ICC Chief Prosecutor Undermine the Pursuit of Justice 

by Ailih Weeldreyer, Office of Public Witness Fellow During a 20th century filled with war and genocides, the United Nations created an international judicial system to hold states and individuals accountable. Within the commissioned framework, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established as an impartial body to prosecute individuals who commit crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and crimes of aggression. An international… Read more »

A Peaceful Transition of Power

After days of high anxiety and ballot counting, on November 7, 2020, former vice-president Joe Biden became the 46th President-elect of the United States of America. He received almost seventy-nine million votes, has a sizable lead in the Electoral College, and insurmountable leads in each state he won. However, President Trump refuses to accept the… Read more »

Making “Never Again” a Reality

by Ailih Weeldryer, OPW Intern for International Issues This July marked the 25th anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica, a turning point in the Bosnian War that many agree qualifies under the international definition of genocide. For Bosnian Muslims, the memory of the massacre and campaign of ethnic cleansing enacted by Serbian forces looms large. Many… Read more »

PCUSA Joins Faith Groups in Call to Senators to Lead Global Covid-19 Response

WASHINGTON, DC—On September 17, 2020, seventeen faith-based national organizations, representing thousands of members serving poor and vulnerable people around the world, delivered a letter to Senators urging them to pass legislation that includes international assistance to address the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. September 17, 2020 Dear Senator, As representatives of faith-based organizations serving… Read more »