Advocacy & Social Justice

PC(USA) Mosaic of Peace conference visits Israel and Palestine

Group asked to accompany region’s Christians in their suffering and hope by Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service For the past week a group of Presbyterians have been witnessing for peace by traveling throughout Israel and Palestine as part of thePresbyterian Peacemaking Program’s 2016 Mosaic of Peace conference. Participants, program coordinator Carl Horton and associate for… Read more »

From resiliency to water issues, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance discusses challenges

National Response Team Annual Meeting Concludes after Full Agenda The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team (NRT) treats every annual meeting like a family reunion. More than 100 volunteers and team members gather each year for training, worship, sharing and, in many cases, laughter. There are no strangers, just a close group of Presbyterians eager to meet and greet, catch up on travels and occasionally rib one another.

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program shares the story of a peacemaker

Along the way Kathy nurtured partnerships and continued to build connections with others, leading her to participate, plan, worked behind the scenes at the Peacemaking Conferences. The Peacemaking conference has nurtured three generations of the Runyeon family as they educated themselves and those around about injustice, violence and what people can do to work for peace at home and abroad.

 Fighting for help, 36 years after uranium spill

New Mexico community still seeking full cleanup  By Rick Jones   July 16, 1979 is a day the Navajo Nation in New Mexico will never forget. An earthen dam gave way releasing 1,000 tons of solid radioactive mill waste and 90 million gallons of acidic and radioactive liquids into the Rio Puerco. From there, the… Read more »

Unity in a Community Time Bank funded by SDOP

By Clara Nunez/Margaret Mwale Unity in our Community Time Bank in Detroit, MI is a project funded with a grant for $12,701 by the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP), a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). SDOP enters into partnerships with groups of economically poor people who want to change their lives… Read more »

El Salvador water systems celebrate 10 years, thanks to SDOP

by Teresa Bidart It has been a long time since the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) first heard from The Community of San Luis, Aguacayo  in El Salvador. It was in 2002 when this community group sent their request for funds to install a water system for 57 families. The community members had not… Read more »

Earth Day: Celebrating service to the environment

By Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service Observing its 45th anniversary today, Earth Day has been the catalyst for a number of environmental regulations and laws over the life of its existence. Thanks to the voices of neighbors, activists and lawmakers committed to environmental oversight, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered… Read more »

Flagstaff Federated Church achieves energy independence with solar power

Conversion won Interfaith Power and Light 2012 Cool Congregation Challenge award By Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service Before Rachel Davis’ current position as program director for the Flagstaff Federated Community Church in Flagstaff, Ariz., she only dreamed about solar power. She worked as a volunteer with Christians for the Earth, a group within the church that… Read more »

Damayan Migrant Workers Association protects rights of workers

By Wayne Gnatuk | Self-Development of People Lydia finally escaped. From the Philippines, she had come to the United States as a volunteer with her church’s religious mission. At first, she did fundraising work for the church but, after two years, Lydia was sent to New Jersey to serve as a church secretary. Instead, she… Read more »