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The Rev. Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), returned early last week from a trip to Syria with a delegation from the church’s Compassion Peace and Justice ministries. Following the chemical weapons attack in Idlib and the retaliatory airstrikes by the United States military, she issued a prayer for the people of Syria and the world.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to revive the coal industry and closely scrutinize the previous administration’s Clean Power Act is being met with strong opposition among leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). While the president promises the action will create jobs, many say the executive order, signed last week, will set the country back years in environmental progress.
For members of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church of West Virginia, solar power is the wave of the future. While the cost of converting to solar energy can be high, the congregation has found some innovative ways to make it happen without breaking the bank.
Several ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have issued alerts and provided information on their activities in response to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 1.61 million people are internally displaced and another 751,000 people have escaped into neighboring countries, including Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, since conflict broke out in 2013.
As people around the globe observe World Water Day today, Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) ministries are working at home and abroad to help bring safe drinking water to the 663 million people who lack it.
For two weeks, a delegation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) visited 10 villages in the countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia. The villages are participants in the West Africa Initiative (WAI), a partnership of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People.
Los estudiantes de la Universidad Estatal de Ohio (OSU, por sus siglas en inglés) y miembros de la comunidad local iniciarán una semana de ayuno a partir del 20 de marzo, en un intento de convencer a la compañía Wendy-s, con sede en Dublín, Ohio, para que se unan al Programa Justo de alimentos (FFP).
Hundreds of people braved cold and windy conditions in Washington, D.C. to participate in an “Emergency Lunchtime Rally” at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. A number of organizations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness, took part in the rally.
Students at The Ohio State University (OSU) and local community members will initiate a week-long fast beginning March 20 in an attempt to convince the Wendy’s company, headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) award-winning Fair Food Program (FFP).
A Sierra Leone resident recently said that the drive from Kenema to the Liberian border is like riding six hours inside of a concrete mixer. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) delegates visiting the region agreed with this assessment after making the trip on the all-dirt road.