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Legislative Update: The DACA Deadline passed, What is Next in the Ongoing Struggle to Choose Welcome?

Washington, D.C. – On March 5,  the final day that President Trump intended to honor the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, faith leaders again urged lawmakers to pass the Dream Act.  Congressional action to expand detention, deportation, and border militarization instead of protecting Dreamers and their families will weaken all U.S. communities – and is… Read more »

Office of Public Witness Signs Letter in Support of Anti-Corruption Legislation

March 1, 2018 Dear Member of Congress, We represent faith-based organizations, religious institutions, and investors working to alleviate poverty in countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We have witnessed first-hand how proper stewardship of financial revenues and of God’s creation are critical drivers of development. Too often, mismanagement and corruption disenfranchise impoverished communities by… Read more »

You’re Invited: ACT Now- Unite to End Racism

On April 3-5, 2018 the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will gather in Washington, D.C. for a historic event to launch its Truth and Racial Justice Initiative. As we mark 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4,… Read more »

An Invitation from Stated Clerk Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson II

The Stated Clerk Invites Presbyterians to Attend A World Uprooted:  Responding to Migrants, Refugees,  and Displaced People Advocacy Training Weekend April 20-23 Washington, DC   As we face a worldwide crisis of 65 million displaced peoples, we need to come together to learn about the issue and how to talk about the issue.  And most importantly, we… Read more »

The PCUSA Office of Public Witness Decries President’s Budget Proposal as Insult to those Living in Poverty

On Monday Feb 12, 2018 the White House published the president’s Budget, which is a blueprint for priorities for 2019. The vision President Trump offers in this budget is grim for people of faith and justice seekers around the country. He funds policies and programs that aid the most affluent individuals and powerful corporations to… Read more »

Legislative Update: Faithful Solidarity with Dreamers

Since the Trump administration terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017, more than 18,800 DACA recipients have seen their protections expire. As Congress considers proposals to protect dreamers, the White House and some Members of Congress have offered frameworks that would prevent family unification, deprive dreamers of an opportunity to… Read more »

From Rev. Hawkins: “This is a Moral Shut Down”

The government has shut down because Congress could not work together to come up with a Continuing Resolution to pay federal employees. But pressing questions must be asked as to how we arrived at this point: Why are many members of Congress unable to set aside partisan differences and fulfill the basic responsibilities of governing… Read more »

Rev. Nelson and Rev. Hawkins Sign on to letter Urging Congress to Act on Top Priorities

Dear Senator/Representative: As leaders representing a broad array of religious beliefs and faith traditions, we write to urge you to enact four urgent priorities that Congress must address before the continuing resolution expires on January 19, 2018. We come from a variety of faith perspectives, but our moral principles and scriptural teachings all affirm the… Read more »