Advocacy & Social Justice

‘Our voices do matter’

Advocacy is the focus of a five-part educational series being offered by the Office of Hispanic Latino-a Intercultural Congregational Support in collaboration with the National Hispanic/Latino Presbyterian Caucus.

‘We have to shift the narrative to something that resembles Jesus’

Amid a rash of recent legislation “intended to criminalize the existence, presence and stories” of people in the transgender and LGBTQIA+ communities, a four-member panel convened on Saturday discussed, as host Adrian White said, “how we can create space and come together to have a conversation about what we can do in response.”

Conditions in Cuba decried during advocacy workshop

Conditions in Cuba and the effects of U.S. sanctions on the island nation were highlighted during a panel discussion moderated by Catherine Gordon of the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness as part of Ecumenical Advocacy Days.

Resurrection is a movement

I never really liked Easter — the pastel holiday of springtime flowers, the tired imagery of an emptied tomb, the hollow cheers of “He is risen” — until I had friends buried away in prisons. It wasn’t until I spent time in a jail as a volunteer with people awaiting actual trials that Holy Week became troubling and electric for me.

Culture shift

The Rev. Dr. Letiah Fraser’s recent dissertation is on understanding disability as a culture. “We reach out to so many cultures,” Fraser told the Rev. Lee Catoe and Simon Doong during this week’s edition of their podcast, A Matter of Faith: A Presby Podcast. “If we understand disability as a culture with its own history, languages, worldviews and theology, then perhaps the voices of people with disabilities would be lifted up as well.”

Interested in advocacy? These events are for you

While stories such as the war in Ukraine, structural racism, systemic poverty, the plight of refugees from around the world, and the increasing impacts of climate change make headlines, people of faith are advocating for scripturally-based positions on those issues and many more.