PCUSA Compassion Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training Day and Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) Conference

Ralph Jones, Mary Hunt and Art Hunt attended the CPJ and EAD conferences in Washington, DC from April 21-April 24.

The CPJ training and the EAD conference combined inspirational speakers with practical training on a variety of organizing and social justices issues. This year’s theme was “Confronting Chaos, Forging Community: Challenging Racism, Materialism and Militarism.” The conference was also a remembrance that 50 years after his speech on Vietnam at Riverside Church, Dr. Marin Luther King’s dream of eliminating militarism, racism and materialism – “the giant triplets of chaos” – remains our dream, our aspiration and our motivation.

CPJ – Doctrine of Discovery

CPJ is the Friday morning “prequel” to EAD.… Continue

Session Commits to Support The New Sanctuary Movement

The New Sanctuary Movement (also know as the New Sanctuary Coalition) was founded in 2007. From their website:

“The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to stay together. We recognize that unjust global and systemic economic relationships and racism form the basis of the injustices that affect immigrants. We seek reform of United States immigration laws to promote fairness, social and economic justice.”

The New Sanctuary Movement includes an Accompaniment Program, Immigration Rights Legal Clinics, Information for Sanctuary Communities and Jericho Walks around Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) offices and courthouses.… Continue

GOOD NEWS!  OUR BREAD FOR THE WORLD LETTER WRITING HAS SUCCESS!  (September 2016 update)

 This past June members of our congregation wrote and sent to our legislators 72 letters as part of Bread for the World’s campaign to help end hunger at home and abroad.

CONGRESS TAKES ACTION.  THEN OBAMA SIGNS BILL INTO LAW:  THE GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY ACT OF 2016

One of the bills we wrote about, S 1252 known as the Global Food Security Act of 2016, had already passed the US House of Representatives in April by a vote of 370-33

About two weeks after we wrote our legislators, on July 6 this same legislation, S 1252, came to the floor of the US Senate. Continue

Bread Lobby Day and your letters….

So you went to Washington for Bread for the World’s Lobby Day. (Three from First Pres, one from Bridgeport and one from Cameroon did go.) Does this matter? In a word, “Yes!” There is a continuing, often vicious battle going on in our government over how our nation provides justice to people. You knew that already. That matters greatly. But along with that, and less well known, is that important bi-partisan work is being accomplished. You can make a difference and help move things along.
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Representative Rosa DeLauro
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Philippe Ambata, Ralph Jones, Vanessa Clayton, Cynthia Woodside, Rosa DeLauro, Brian Gray, Nancy Rupp in Representative DeLauro’s office

Here’s how.… Continue

Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters

Each year, thousands of churches from many different faith traditions take part in Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters. We will join the collective voice on Sunday, June 19th, Father’s Day, following the morning worship service in the Miller Gathering Hall.

Let us work together to urge Congress to support measures that help mothers and children get the nutrition they need for healthy and active lives. This year’s letters will ask Congress to support at least $230 million for international maternal and child nutrition programs in the Department of State foreign operations appropriations bill’s global health account.

Letter writing materials and addresses of our legislators will be available at the tables set up for letter writing.… Continue