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Advocacy & Social Justice

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.

REAC sends a ‘loving and justice-centered response’ following the Stated Clerk’s MLK Day remarks

The Racial Equity Advocacy Committee submits this letter as a loving and justice-oriented response to our colleagues in ministry who call upon REAC to respond to A Message from the Stated Clerk dated January 22 by the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), following the Stated Clerk’s letter on the occasion of the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

Tales from two cities

For their guest on Monday’s edition of Between Two Pulpits, Dr. Bill McConnell and Lynne Foreman engaged the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, someone with one foot solidly in each of two ministries.

Advocates for farmworker safety to march in Florida

The Presbyterian Hunger Program is rallying support for a march taking place in Florida this weekend to urge the Wendy’s restaurant chain to join a program to help protect farmworkers.

Former Army satellite communication operator feels ‘an ethical and moral obligation’ to inform the public on the horrors of drone warfare

Tuesday’s Drones 101: A Webinar on the Human Cost of Remote Warfare featured the compelling story of Justin Yeary, who was a satellite communication operator and a seven-year veteran in the U.S. Army before receiving an honorable discharge last year as a conscientious objector. Watch the webinar, hosted by the Office of Public Witness on behalf of the Interfaith Working Group on Drone Warfare, by clicking here.

Being the church together

Tuesday is World Water Day and Living Waters for the World (LWW) is celebrating the call of Matthew 25, the gift of pure water and the gift of water partners.

While supporting Ukraine, don’t forget other conflicts

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) says the United States and its allies are right in their resolve to hold the Russian government of Vladimir Putin accountable for violating international human rights and humanitarian law in its invasion of Ukraine.

PC(USA) webinar looks at the human cost of remote warfare

A U.S. Army veteran and a human rights attorney based in Yemen will participate in a webinar Tuesday about the use of military drones. Tuesday’s webinar is presented by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness.