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Gun Violence: a National Sin

Today, as we remember the massacre of school children and their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the myriad of mass shootings that took place before and since that terrible day six years ago, we must acknowledge that the disease of gun violence has seeped into the very fabric of life in the United… Read more »

A Farm Bill to Reduce Hunger

A Bipartisan Farm Bill is expecting a vote this week!   Thanks to your advocacy efforts over the past year, this compromise Farm Bill does not include any of the harmful changes to the Nutrition Title that the House narrowly passed in June. Instead, the bill includes several provisions to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance… Read more »

La carga pública lastima a las comunidades

A pesar de que la situación se deteriora rápidamente en la frontera de EE. UU. y México, la administración de Trump ha propuesto una nueva ley que cambiaría drásticamente a quienes damos la bienvenida como recién llegados a nuestra sociedad. La ley, cuyo período de comentarios en curso finaliza el 10 de diciembre, daría mayor… Read more »

Public Charge Undermines Communities

Even as the situation rapidly deteriorates at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Administration has proposed a new rule that would drastically reshape who we welcome as newcomers to our society. The rule, whose ongoing comment period ends on Dec. 10, would place a higher value on those who are affluent and challenge hard-working families in their… Read more »

Election Day

“The 223rd General Assembly (2018) acts to lift up our church’s long commitments to active civic engagement, responsible citizenship, and prophetic witness; believing these commitments to be rooted in our faithful response to God’s call for Christians to be stewards of creation; and witnessing the corrosion of democratic institutions.” – General Assembly Minutes (2018)  … Read more »

Families Belong Together: Comment on a Proposed Federal Rule

Holy God, as you have accompanied your people through times of captivity, wilderness, and exile, shelter and sustain all those who flee persecution, oppression, warfare, violence, hunger, and poverty. Open our hearts and homes, our gates and doors, so that they might find safety, peace, and welcome— a place to live in freedom and without… Read more »

Violence and Hate are Not Welcome Here

In the last week, three acts of domestic terrorism reminded us of just how much hate thrives in the United States. The first terrorist used the mail system to send 14 mail bombs to prominent political leaders and media figures with whom he presumably disagrees. The second terrorist, unable to attack people of color while… Read more »

Voting is an Act of Faith

  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan. -Proverbs 29:2 (NRSV) With one week to go before Election Day, we find ourselves again facing choices and consequences that seem to extend beyond the ordinary. Across the political spectrum, we fear that the world we know… Read more »