Helping IRIS through Refugee Involvement in “Music Together” – Minute for Mission June 18, 2017

The church took the sanctuary pledge and that means thinking about the needs of refugees and immigrants and helping them. IRIS is the refugee agency in New Haven and the church has begun a partnership with them. Although IRIS has many programs, they have families and individuals who need extra help in assimilating.

The Project began as an attempt to help one or more refugee children have a positive and enriching experience through music. Music would help them gain some western cultural knowledge and would integrate them into a primarily American group for interaction. The benefits seemed as if they would work both ways – American mothers and children would have the chance to interact with refugee mothers and children.… Continue

PCUSA Peace and Justice Ministry – Minute for Mission June 11, 2017

Presbyterians believe deeply in mission.  Mission.  Spreading God’s love and working for God’s justice.  From Palestine to Standing Rock; from Colombia to Detroit, Presbyterians are on the front lines working for justice. Hunger; gun violence; education, race, class and privilege; gender; LGBTQ; militarization of law enforcement; undocumented immigrants are among the significant justice issues being worked on.

The PCUSA Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry programs and offices include:

In addition, the

  • Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
  • Israel / Palestine Mission Network

Speak to the Church on issues of nonviolent resistance, peace making and justice.… Continue