Immigration Bail Fund – Comic Relief – Minute for Mission – October 8, 2017

Comic Relief – Immigration Bail Fund

What a week we’ve just been through! For that matter, what a month! What a year! Fires, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Mass murder, health care debates. The list seems endless. We are being worn down. Here’s what Shannon Vance-Ocampo, our new Presbytery Exec, wrote:

This week I must say I am emotionally and spiritually exhausted, given the state of things in our country and our world. The levels of violence, mockery, lack of relationship and suffering are overwhelming for so many of us. As a pastor I know it is a daunting task to bring Good News.… Continue

PCUSA Ant-Racism Policy – Minute for Mission – August 13, 2017

The 222nd General Assembly(2016) approved the revised Church-wide Antiracism Policy – Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community as recommended by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.
The Rev. Shannon Craigo-Snell  serves on the church-wide Antiracism Policy Team.  I quote from Shannon:  “This is not a time for timidity. The current struggles over racial justice in the United States mark a kairos moment. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long held strong convictions regarding the sinfulness of racism and the need to struggle against it. Speaking our own convictions now, with clarity and power, could make a tangible difference in the current struggle.… Continue

Presbyterian Office of Public Witness – Minute for Mission – July 16, 2017

Your Mission Committee has planed a monthly series about the programs and offices of our denomination’s Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry. Today, Art and Mary Hunt are in bed with colds, and have asked me to speak about one of them – the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness – sometimes referred to as our Washington Office. This office played a big role in the recent Ecumenical Advocacy Days, which Art, Mary and I attended.

The Presbyterian Office of Public Witness is the public policy information and advocacy office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its task is to advocate, and help the church to advocate, the social witness perspectives and policies of the Presbyterian General Assembly.… Continue

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