Advocacy & Social Justice

A Presbyterian musician pushes for bail reform

As the assistant principal violist of the Opera Philadelphia orchestra, Jay Julio uses his “special power” — performing largely for upper middle class white and east Asian audiences — in ways that lift both audiences and, on occasion, people serving time behind bars.

Why the Fourth of July matters to Presbyterians

For many Americans, the Fourth of July is important as it helps to define our national identity. For Presbyterians, Independence Day holds a special place in our collective consciousness.

Webinar hosted by a PC(USA) partner explores reimagining Independence Day

The Philadelphia-based American Friends Service Committee, which partners with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on issues including immigration, invited those attending a webinar last week to reimagine Independence Day with help from four panelists, many of them immigrants.

A Presbyterian congregation’s family housing solution is shut down in Charlotte, North Carolina

For the better part of the past decade, Carl and Rebecca Hart, and eventually their young son, lived at The Grove Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The housing arrangement allowed them the time, energy, and relative financial freedom to serve the church and the surrounding community. This relationship flourished until, in the summer of 2022, an unexpected ruling from the fire inspector forced The Grove to evict the Harts. The Rev. Kate Murphy, pastor at The Grove, says this situation points to a bigger justice issue, and she wants the larger church to fight back.

SDOP panelist: Veterans need support beyond Memorial Day

A woman with lived experience as a homeless veteran brought home the importance of ongoing support for veterans during a recent webinar that explored issues related to poverty among veterans and how churches can help.

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy leans into the prophetic calling of the whole PC(USA)

Are you eager to advocate and lean into the Great Ends of the Church, yet not quite sure where to find the theological, ethical, and Reformed resources for such advocacy? Are you concerned by how some groups use the Bible as tool of rhetoric, yet not sure where to turn for rich biblical reflection on current issues? The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) serves the prophetic calling of the whole Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by providing the General Assembly with careful studies of pressing moral challenges, media for discussion and discernment of Christian responsibilities, and policy recommendations for faithful action.