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
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
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:
- Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP)
- Child Advocacy
- Office of Faith-Based Investing and Corporate Engagement
- Office of Public Witness
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
- Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA)
- Presbyterian Hunger Program and Environmental Ministries
- Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
- Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
- Presbyterian Self-Development of People (led by Alonzo Johnson who has taught adult at our Church and preached from our pulpit)
- Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs)
- Special Offerings for the Presbyterian Mission Agency (led by our own Bryce Weibe)
In addition, the
- Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
- Israel / Palestine Mission Network
Speak to the Church on issues of nonviolent resistance, peace making and justice.… Continue