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Advocacy & Social Justice

Practicing forgiveness in a judgmental world

When I was a pastor in Montgomery, Alabama, I was in a meeting with several community leaders and civil rights advocates talking about justice issues in the city and the state. We were gathered in one of the Sunday school rooms of a small Baptist church. Early in the meeting, I looked up and noticed a small poster on the wall that read: “What if God released his tapes on you?”

Reproductive Justice probably isn’t what you think it is

Before she told the audience what Reproductive Justice is, the Rev. Shanea D. Leonard had to say what it isn’t. “Most people think that it’s all about abortion, but it’s not,” Leonard said at the top of a Tuesday afternoon webinar, presented by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington, D.C. “It’s so much more than that, but it’s inclusive of that as well.

New hymn seeks justice for those fleeing for their lives

Lyricist Carolyn Winfrey Gillette offers up “Christ, You Spoke to Us of Children” by Mike Ferguson |  Presbyterian News Service LOUISVILLE — “Christ, You Spoke to Us of Children” is a new hymn from Presbyterian pastor and hymn lyric writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette that calls the church to, as she says, “seek justice for these… Read more »

What it means as Christians to respond to hate

By grace, Synod of the Trinity staff became involved with the Community Responders Network in Central Pennsylvania last spring to support them in getting three reader’s theater-style skits around bias into video production. By grace, we met Ann Van Dyke, the writer of those skits, and as we got to know her, we learned of her work in civil rights for the state of Pennsylvania for many years. Out of her personal calling, Van Dyke offered to do some work with us around hate.

Using her heart, her time and her gifts for Central American migrants

During six years in El Salvador as a mission co-worker with the Joining Hands Network, Kristi Van Nostran worked to bring people to a common table and create a network to support ongoing efforts around justice and food sovereignty. Now she is working with two Southern California presbyteries to once again walk alongside her Central American brothers and sisters.

One refugee’s story

A day ahead of World Refugee Day, worshipers during the Chapel service at the Presbyterian Center heard a personal story from a refugee among them.