Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Washington Report to Presbyterians

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The latest news from the PC (USA) Office of Public Witness Includes:

Lift Your Voice in Prophetic Witness at EAD 2016
By Catherine Gordon
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness invites you to participate in Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day and Ecumenical Advocacy Days April 1518 2016.

Office of Public Witness Director Responds to President Obama’s Executive Order to Curb Gun Violence
The scriptures remind us of God’s desire for abundant living: “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." (John 10:10). Abundant living is difficult to achieve in a society where headlines are driven by the slogan “If it bleeds, it leads.” In 2010, the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a policy statement calling for a reduction in  gun violence entitled “Gun Violence and Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call".  Since then, the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness has vigorously advocated for Congress to act. 

A Photo Essay from Reverend Nelson’s Visit to the Philippines
Reverend Nelson recently returned from the Mission Personnel Regional Gathering in the Philippines entitled “Toward 200 Years of PC(USA) Global Mission: Shapes, Contours and Implications of Mission in Asia.”

An Update on the Trans Pacific Partnership
Historically, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has opposed the current trade model that put the rights of corporations above the rights of citizens and governments to determine policy. One major example of this is in Peru. A provision of free trade agreements called the State-Investor clause has left developing countries at a significant disadvantage. This clause grants corporations the right to sue a host country for activities or regulation that result in loss of profit for the corporation, considering it a breach of the agreement.

Reverend Nelson’s response to the 2016 State of the Union
The Office of Public Witness welcomed President Obama’s call to renew our civic responsibilities and live into the ideal of a government created “of the people” in his eighth and final State of The Union address.

An Update from the Senate Workers Struggle for Fifteen and a Union
In December, Senate and other federal contract workers got a hardwon raise just in time to bring Christmas cheer.