Advocacy & Social Justice

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 »

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 »