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The “We Choose Welcome Action Guide” invites Presbyterians to extend biblical hospitality and stand in solidarity with our refugee neighbors. It includes background, guidance, and resources to help you and your congregation get started in welcoming refugees to our community. (June 2017)
The Syrian conflict is likely to continue for many years to come. The resulting refugee and displacement crisis engenders holy discontentment for people who long for peace and safety among ALL of God’s people. If your or your congregation are interested in taking action to provide humanitarian assistance, refugee resettlement, or just want to learn… Read more »
We Shall Not Be Moved – Advocacy in the New Age of Voter Suppression It’s critical to understand the mechanics of our democracy. “One person, one vote” reflects a core value of democracy, yet the right to vote is being restricted in many places, which raises questions for Christians about the meaning and effectiveness of… Read more »
The resources that follow have been listed by the Educate A Child Initiative staff team members from among resources known to them. Many address larger issues in society such as racial and economic inequity that adversely affect educational outcomes. Others report on various advocacy strategies and efforts, while still others provide pastoral, theological, or logistical… Read more »
From the Presbyterian (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness, Spring 2015
At the beginning of 2012, the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, PC(USA) Director for Public Witness identified two significant challenges for the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness. The first aimed to show what this ministry does. That is, the OPW seeks to serve the whole church, not just a self-selected affinity group. The second… Read more »
In the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014, confusion, anger and national soul-searching has marked succeeding weeks. A prayer vigil turned violent, police in Ferguson continued to skirmish with protesters, and dozens have been arrested. News media have begun to examine the issue of police shootings nationwide, and to… Read more »
This four-week devotional is designed with an in-depth reflection on Day One of each week to introduce each topic, with Days Two through Seven featuring centering quotations, questions and opportunities for contemplation. On Day Four of every week, a short story will help you or your small group reflect on how the subject of advocacy… Read more »
Holy Discontentment: Lifting Your Voice for Effective Advocacy outlines the tools in the advocate’s toolbox, discusses their effectiveness, and gives suggestions on truly effective advocacy strategies. Now, with a newly updated section on using social media as an advocacy tool!
This letter from J. Herbert Nelson to colleges and universities urges students to apply for an internship with the Office of Public Witness.