Office of Social Justice News | August 2016

New Resource: Changed for Life

We’re excited to introduce the new Changed for Life curriculum! Changed for Life equips short-term mission teams, the hosts who receive them, and the congregations who send them to craft a well-organized mission experience with the potential to bring about lifelong change. The curriculum is designed by CRC and RCA development and missions professionals. Read more about the creation of Changed for Life in this CRC news story.

All materials are available for free at



U.S. - Support Refugee Resettlement

The U.S. has committed to welcoming 15,000 more refugees in 2017 than in 2016. It's critical that the increase in refugee resettlement be met with increased funding to ensure that local communities have the resources they need to help refugees integrate and thrive. Your voice is needed to continue this important work. Urge your members of Congress to provide sufficient funding in current appropriations bills in the House and Senate!


Your Support Is Needed

The Climate Witness Project has achieved amazing progress so far, thanks to your commitment to helping the CRC put its faith into action on climate change. But there's more to be done, and more congregations need to be reached. Will you partner with us?

Donate to the Climate Witness Project today.


Book Review:
The Reason You Walk

“It is hard to hate someone after you take them as a brother or sister."—Wab Kinew

Our communications coordinator wrote a review of Wab Kinew’s memoir. Read her thoughts here.

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Immigration Workshop in Southern California

Immigration is a hot topic. But what are the facts? How should Christians respond? Join OSJ, World Renew, and the Association for a More Just Society on Saturday, August 27, at Bethany CRC in Bellflower, Calif., as we discover push factors that cause migration and the state of current immigration laws.

Click here for more information, and invite friends on the Facebook group here.


5 CRC Curricula

“I am so glad that we have been able to utilize these resources so that we can ensure that not only the head, but heart and hands are empowered to promote justice in the square inches where God gives us influence.” —Rev. Christy Knetsch

Check out these curriculum options for your small group, adult study class, or youth group.


“Why I Take the Death Penalty Personally”

Check out Gail Rice's take on the death penalty. Gail is a CRC member whose brother, a police officer, was murdered. She is a strong advocate for restorative justice.

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In Case You Missed It

  • CRC News published a feature on Rev. Shannon Jammal-Hollemans, our collaborative program developer. Read about her story here!

  • Join us for a special 3-D showing of A Beautiful Planet at Celebration North IMAX in Grand Rapids, Mich., on August 25. Tickets are only $6 and going fast!

  • Check out these new worship resources from the Centre for Public Dialogue, our partner in Canada.

  • A Restorative Practices for Congregations training will be held in Grand Rapids, Mich., October 4-6. Register today!