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Sign the #BlessingNotBurden Pledge

Have you signed the pledge to change the conversation about immigrants? Commit to sharing the truth: immigrants are a blessing, not a burden.

The pledge is a two-part commitment: (1) to personally commitment to change the conversation when you hear immigrants being talked about as burdens, and (2) to commit to call on your U.S. congressional representatives to speak in ways and enact laws that reflect the blessing that immigrants bring to the United States.

So far, 622 advocates have signed this pledge to change the conversation. Will you help us get to 650 pledges by the end of today? Sign the pledge here.

Learn more about how you can change the conversation at

Creation Care

The Clean Power Plan

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled to halt the progress of the Clean Power Plan until its constitutionality can be determined in the lower courts. The Clean Power Plan, announced by the Obama Administration in 2014, aims to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by 28-32 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. The stay issued by the Supreme Court means that states are not required to continue implementing their plans for compliance, which were set to be due to the EPA this summer. If the lower courts rule that the Clean Power Plan can indeed move forward, states will again be required to meet its requirements. A final ruling could come as late as this fall or early in 2017.

The Clean Power Plan is the cornerstone of the U.S. commitment to the historic Paris Agreement inked late last year. Countries like India and China are already signaling that this court ruling displays the U.S.’ inability to keep its commitment to the framework agreed upon in Paris. Should the Clean Power Plan be struck down, it could seriously threaten both the durability of the Paris Agreement and the credibility of the United States moving forward.

Restorative Justice

High Expectations for Handlon

"There aren’t parts of creation we give up on; that’s not the God we serve. We believe all people are made in the image of God. We believe when God’s light shines in the darkest places of life, renewal is possible."

Meet the Calvin College class of 2020, behind the bars of Handlon prison.

Indigenous Justice

From the Doctrine of Christian Discovery Task Force…

Why do we say that Columbus “discovered” the Americas when there were already people living here? The answer can be traced back to the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a series of papal declarations from the 15th century that gave European rulers official church sanction to claim a right of discovery over lands not held by Europeans and Christians, lands held by “less civilized” peoples.

Due to report at Synod 2016, the Doctrine of Discovery Task Force was commissioned by Synod 2012 to study how this historic doctrine has influenced the thought and work of the Christian Reformed Church. Their report is out now and is available on this page, along with introductory materials including a Prezi, webinar, and executive summary.

Do Justice Highlight

Live Justly for Lent: Racial Reconciliation

Angela Taylor Perry

"It is only the power of God, working within our surrendered hearts and minds, with the Holy Spirit of God leading and guiding us, that enables us to demonstrate to an unbelieving world that Jesus alone is the answer. Will you discover a new discipline this season of Lent and become more culturally competent?" continue reading »

February 19, 2016

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We're hiring! OSJ has two 1-year, full-time justice fellowships being offered to recent college graduates interested in public justice and faith. Find position descriptions and applications here for the Policy Analyst and Advocacy Fellowship and Justice Mobilization Fellowship. Submission deadline is 4/4/16. Positions begin summer 2016.

Action Alert:

Commit to change the conversation around immigration and call on your U.S. members of Congress to support immigration reform. Sign the pledge and join the Blessing Not Burden campaign.

Upcoming Event:

Forum on the Death Penalty
CFAC Recital Hall, Calvin College
March 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Panel includes:

  • Shane Claiborne (author and Christian activist)
  • Dr. Chris Dorsey (Western Theological Seminary professor)
  • Randy Steidl (death row exoneree)
  • Gail Rice (CRCNA member and sister of a murder victim)

This event is sponsored by OSJ, Equal Justice USA, Calvin Social Work department, and the Heyns family.