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Communities of Faith Sign Letter to Protect Poultry Processing Workers

Dear Members of Congress and Acting Deputy Under Secretary Rottenberg,   We are writing on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in our country: poultry processing workers. Every day, the health and safety of these hard-working people is in jeopardy due to ever-increasing line speeds, the hiring of unskilled workers without proper training,… Read more »

Religious Organizations Call for Passage of Just Transition Legislation

Religious Organizations Call for Passage of Just Transition Legislation 40 denominations and faith-based organizations urge U.S. House leadership to pass RECLAIM Act of 2017  (Washington, DC) — Today, religious communities sent a letter to U.S. House leadership expressing support for a bipartisan bill that could jump-start economies in coal communities: the RECLAIM Act of 2017…. Read more »

Announcing PCUSA Commitments in the Poor Peoples Campaign- A National Call for a Moral Revival

December 4, 2017- Washington, D.C.— Today, on the fiftieth anniversary of the announcement of the first Poor People’s Campaign of 1967-68, a growing and diverse leadership has come together in Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. This broad and deep national moral fusion movement, co-chaired by… Read more »

Why the PC(USA) General Assemblies Favor Keeping the Johnson Amendment to the Tax Code

By Rev. Christian Iosso, Ph.D., Coordinator, Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has, since its formal organization in 1789, supported the separation of church and state and the free exercise of religious faith. As a Reformed Protestant body tracing its origins to Reformers in Switzerland and… Read more »

Read Rev. Hawkins Full Remarks from the Faithful Budget Congressional Briefing

Washington DC The Presbyterian Church (USA) has a long history of commitment to the establishment of “Faithful Budget” as it calls Presbyterians to the understanding that a budget does indeed reflect our values. We are committed to working with interfaith and ecumenical partners to advocate for budget priorities which protect the poor and vulnerable, rebuild… Read more »

The Office of Public Witness Joins U.S. Civil Society Organizations in Call for Transparent Vote Count in Honduras

November 29, 2017 As U.S.-based civil society organizations, we call on the Honduran authorities to ensure that the vote count for presidential, legislative, and municipal elections is conducted in a completely transparent manner. The delays and lack of transparency that have characterized the process thus far have the potential to undermine faith in the legitimacy… Read more »

Office of Public Witness Signs on to Letter Urging Continued Support for Fight against HIV/AIDS – Dec 1 is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is December 1, and there are worrying signs that the commitment to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS is waning.  The letter below, signed on to by the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness and other NGO and faith communities, urges continued US commitment.   November 29, 2017 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Majority… Read more »

Sustain the OPW, Invest in Justice Work

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… Read more »

Women on the Frontlines at the #COP23

At the COP 23, we are faced with two striking facts: first, that women comprise 80% of all climate refugees, and second that this burden is not borne equally around the world. On average, one woman in the Global North consumes 400 times the resources of a woman on the continent of Africa, and is… Read more »

“Indigenous Peoples Knowledge is as valuable as Western Knowledge”: The Doctrine of Discovery and Creation Care at the COP 23

Evidence of indigenous solutions to climate change are all over the COP 23; there is enormous double-hulled Fijian sailing canoe in the sleek glass and steel great hall of conference center. The canoe, or drua, is made of wood and fiber—the informational sign is careful to tell us that the boat contains no metal components…. Read more »