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Office of Social Justice News | September 2016

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church Resources

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)

Will your church be marking the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on November 6 or 13? The CRC Office of Social Justice is pleased to offer a litany and a powerpoint to help your church to remember the persecuted church this year. Visit http://justice.crcna.org/religious-persecution-and-idop for worship resources.

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ACTION ALERT

Call on Your MP to Support Equity for Indigenous Kids! (Canada)

Indigenous kids on reserve are getting 30%-50% less funding for their education than other Canadian students. That’s not okay. Urge your MP to address the funding gap and to implement Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action 7-10 so that Indigenous parents can send their kids to schools that integrate their languages, cultures, values, and communities into the educational system.

(Alert from our close partners at the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue.)
 
 
 
 

   

CREATION CARE

Climate Witness Project bulletin inserts

CRCNA congregations across the U.S. and Canada are asking this question, and the Climate Witness Project is offering an answer. More than 200 CRCNA members from 35 congregations across the U.S. and Canada are actively educating their congregations and themselves on the realities of climate change and are advocating with public officials for faithful solutions. Order or print your own bulletin inserts here.
 
 
 
 

 

INDIGENOUS JUSTICE

Decolonizing Christianity after Discovery
by Daniel Camacho

‘The task for Christians is to move beyond shallow multicultural celebration and symbolic acknowledgement to a posture of truly listening to our Indigenous siblings.” Read more»

IMMIGRATION

Ask Your Mayor to Stand Up for Refugees (USA)

The work of justice involves persistence and commitment. Thank you to all who have raised your voices urging Congress to increase resources to refugee resettlement since we began in June. Still, the work is not complete. Congress recently passed a short-term bill that flatlined funding for resettlement but now has another opportunity to vote to increase this much needed funding to help with the global refugee crisis. We’ve spoken and now we are asking our mayors to also raise their voices in support of refugee resettlement. Click here to ask your mayor to sign a national letter to Congress demonstrating his or her support for refugee resettlement. First check out to see if your mayor has signed, and if yes tell them thank you! If not, click below to ask them show their commitment to being a welcoming community!

DO JUSTICE

Series: What I Would Change about our Immigration Conversation

So much of the conversation about immigration during this election season has not been based on facts or on the biblical value of philoxenia. There has been much talk about immigrants—and not enough listening to immigrants themselves.

How does the immigration conversation need to change? Four immigrants will speak up from their experience this month.

Let’s change the conversation about immigrants. #BlessingNotBurden
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RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Webinar: Restorative Justice, Restorative Theology, Restorative Church

Interested in learning more about restorative justice? Check out this upcoming free webinar this Wednesday!

In Case You Missed It

  • 170 countries just agreed to a legally binding accord to cut the world's use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which contribute to climate change. Read more here.

  • “While Christians bear a great deal of this suffering, the scourge of persecution affects believers of every faith—and those with no religion at all.” Read more about religious persecution.