We are a church that is reformed and always reforming – and this includes matters of faith and public policy.
To facilitate dialog, education and awareness of issues, the Faith & Public Policy Mission Group provides links to resources exhibiting a wide range of viewpoints, some of which may be very different from viewpoints found in our congregation.
The reader is invited to explore the materials with discernment and prayerful reflection.

Actively Support The Boycott of Products Made In Israeli Settlements

This year, let us wait and hope for the Prince of Peace by working for justice. Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness, has issued a call for Presbyterians to make this an “Advent of Justice” and to resolve to “actively support the boycott” of products made in Israeli settlements. Presbyteries, congregations, and individuals can do this by:

  • Signing the boycott pledge;
  • Committingto study the reality of the Occupation of Palestine through preaching, an adult education class, a minute-for-mission, or including information about the boycott in your bulletin (example paragraph given below);

As our Advent texts point us toward the star over Bethlehem and the birth of the Christ child, we invite Presbyterians to also focus our hearts and minds toward the reality of Palestine today. We hope that you and members of your congregation and Presbytery will sign the boycott pledge and commit to learning more about how we as Presbyterians in the United States can work for justice in the Holy Land.

— From the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness

Stop Anti-Refugee Legislation in Congress – Call Your Senators Today!

The U.S. Senate plans to vote this Wednesday, January 20th on H.R. 4038, “The American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act,” which would grind to a halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

This bill was passed by the House of Representatives in November, so it is critical that it not pass the Senate. Senators need to hear from their constituents NOW.

Act now: Urge your senators to support refugees.

The SAFE Act discriminates based on ethnicity and will punish refugees who are themselves fleeing violence and persecution. This legislation says to the world that we’re too afraid to show compassion those most in need. We are better than this.

Call your Senators TODAY & EVERY DAY leading up to the vote: Urge them to vote NO to H.R. 4038 and any legislation that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Click here to contact your Senators today!

— From the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness