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PCUSA Joins 20 faith groups calling for Cuba to be taken off State Sponsors of Terrorism List

March 13, 2023 Dear President Biden, As national religious denominations and faith-based organizations in the United States with ties to Cuban religious communities and the Cuban people, we write to express our deep concern for the effects that current U.S. policy is having across Cuba – on our Cuban partners and the general population.  We… Read more »

PC(USA) Joins Faith Letter Calling on US to Hold Israel Accountable for Human Rights Violations

March 10, 2023 Dear President Biden and Members of Congress, We write to you as leaders of U.S.-based Christian churches, agencies, and organizations committed to seeking a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis. Our institutions have been deeply involved in this pursuit for decades, inspired by the call and promise of Jesus Christ who said,… Read more »

Biden’s Asylum Transit Ban: A Concerning Road Ahead

The Biden administration has issued a proposed administrative rule that will effectively bar most of the migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border from asylum. Under the rule, a migrant who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization and who did not seek asylum in a third country that they traveled through on the way to… Read more »

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 »