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Advocacy and Social Justice


opwAdvocacy and social justice are cornerstones of the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Both are woven throughout our work in the U.S. and abroad. In the U.S., we advocate for social justice through the Office of Public Witness, which is the public policy information and advocacy office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We participate in direct advocacy with members of Congress and the administration through in-person meetings, letters and phone calls. And, we encourage Presbyterians to call for action by Congress and the administration on matters of conscience and faith, as well as advocate for the less fortunate. We work for environmental justice, and work to help feed the hungry both here and abroad. We work to provide health solutions to those who need assistance in the U.S. and abroad. We work for fair trade, and fair food, and against the scourge of human trafficking. Our Presbyterian Peacemaking Program promotes peace and justice around the world. In times of disaster, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance steps in to help with recovery and long-term needs. Presbyterian Women works on a number of justice and peace issues that particularly affect women, children and families. Presbyterian Self-Development of People provides grants to those living in poverty to help improve their lives. Our Office of Faith-Based Investing and Corporate Engagement strives to advocate in the corporate arena based on principles of faith and discipleship.

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. Their website contains many resources on social witness policies including information by topic and a detailed social witness policy compilation.

You’ll also find relevant social justice resources on the pages for the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns and the Racial Equity Advocacy Committee (REAC).

Within World Mission, our mission co-workers serve alongside our partners in other countries, solving health problems, helping create systems to provide safe water and working to train pastors for community transformation.


2021 Issue Priorities Brochure – OPW & UN

Download the 2021 Presbyterian Offices of Public Witness (OPW) domestic and international priorities and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations (UN) thematic issues priority brochure for 2021. The brochure… Read more »

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The “We Choose Welcome Action Guide” invites Presbyterians to extend biblical hospitality and stand in solidarity with our refugee neighbors. It includes background, guidance, and resources to help you and your congregation get started in welcoming refugees to our community.

2019 Gun Violence resources packet

The 2019 Gun Violence Resource packet provides congregations and mid-councils a robust package of material to help congregations put thoughts and prayers about gun violence into obedient action. The packet… Read more »
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