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Advocacy makes a difference

We proclaim that “in a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage . . . to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace”
(A Brief Statement of Faith).

J. Herbert Nelson, director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Public Witness, issues a powerful call to join the annual Compassion, Peace, and Justice Advocacy Training Weekend in Washington, DC, that begins April 17. Register today to hear how Presbyterians are paving the way for justice!
Discipleship calls us to do something in the name of Jesus Christ that represents the redemptive love of our God in a world of alienation. The prophet Micah affirms the importance of justice advocacy when he declares, “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).

From April 17 to 20, Presbyterians from across the country will gather in Washington, DC, for Compassion, Peace, and Justice Training Day and Ecumenical Advocacy Days to look at issues of mass incarceration and systems of exploitation and to learn how individuals and congregations can make an impact in their community and their nation.

In these times, we see undocumented immigrants from the global South being detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for long periods of time without due process. African Americans dominate the numbers in prison systems across this country. And while corporations collect profits from incarceration, public education is often substandard and college unaffordable for disenfranchised populations. The privileged continue, in other words, to profit from the disadvantage of the poor. Is this Christian? Let’s grapple with these and other injustices contrary to Jesus’ command that we love one another. Come join us for an experience that will challenge you to think beyond your own worldview.
Great Co-Mission: Love
Read the latest column by Marilyn Gamm, chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, in which she invites the church to celebrate Health Awareness and Prayer for Healing and Wholeness Sunday, which was observed on February 15 but can be celebrated on any Sunday of the year.
Join the ‘blue out’!
Each year, thousands of volunteers put on their blue T-shirts and give of their time and talents to serve others in the midst of disaster. The first Sunday in Lent (Feb. 22) has been designated “Wear your blue T-shirt to church Sunday” as a testament to one of the ways One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference.
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Good news for college students
Applications for the National Presbyterian College Scholarship are due March 1. The program provides students attending PC(USA)-related colleges with a $1,500 scholarship for up to four years. Read a story about one recipient, and visit the Financial Aid for Service website for complete information and to learn about other programs.

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