Advocacy & Social Justice

PC(USA) communications groups garner 17 Associated Church Press awards

Communications groups within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) were honored for their contributions to religious communications in 2015 with 17 “Best of the Christian Press” awards spanning a variety of topics and media. The awards were presented at the 100th anniversary gathering of the Associated Church Press, meting in St. Louis – the city in which it was founded – April 20-22.

Founder/President of Children’s Defense Fund urges churches to be there for children in need

The best way to disrupt the cradle to prison pipeline is to be an advocate for children in need. That was the message from Marian Wright Edelman to attendees at last weekend’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days gathering in Washington, D.C. The founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund says this country’s priorities about wealth and where those dollars should go are not in line with helping those living in poverty.

Growing Food and Friendships in Haiti

Mission trip and new roundtable conversations lead to transformation By Cindy Corell | PC(USA) Mission Co-worker in Haiti and a former journalist Our group of six Americans and a couple of Haitians trooped carefully across the field where we admired Roma tomato plants, laden with their ripe, red fruit. Greeting us in the garden was… Read more »

Ecumenical Advocacy Days policy plenary defines messages for advocates

The first full day of Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) kicked off Saturday morning with a plenary session titled “Racism, Class & Power.” The two-hour session outlined two key issues that advocates would go to Capitol Hill on Monday to discuss with their state representatives: voting rights, specifically the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act and corporate domination, or opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

More than 200 Presbyterians take part in CPJ Training Day

A record number of Presbyterians gathered at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church last week to talk about some serious issues facing the U.S. and the church. But organizers behind Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day say that’s what makes these annual gatherings so important to church members.

PC(USA) young women attend UN Commission on the Status of Women

Women’s Leadership Development program empowers female millennials for action and advocacy by Gail Strange | Presbyterian News Service Fourteen young women from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shared their experiences after participating in the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held March 10–18 in New York. The delegation was… Read more »

Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day opens in Washington

Panel discussion takes up racism, class and power by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day officially kicked off this morning in Washington, with its theme “Lift Every Voice: Racism, Class and Power.” The day-long gathering of over 200 Presbyterians began with a panel discussion of diverse voices on collective power. The panelists,… Read more »

J. Herbert Nelson testifies before Senate committee

Addresses role of environmental policy on access to energy and economic opportunity by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II gave testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works this week. The director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of Public Witness spoke on the moral imperative to act on… Read more »

Mid-Kentucky Presbytery aids PDA program via local service initiative

Essential hygiene kits assembled with help from congregations by Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service The Mid-Kentucky Presbytery is aiding the PC(USA)Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) program by assembling hygiene kits for use in disaster relief efforts. The effort coincides with Louisville, Kentucky mayor Greg Fischer’s 5th annual Give a Day Week of Service initiative. The 2016 week… Read more »