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Office of Social Justice News | June 2016

Living the 8th Fire Small Group Series

Looking for small group curriculum or next steps after the Blanket Exercise? The Living the 8th Fire series is a 7-part series based on the CBC’s 8th Fire video series. The 8th Fire videos and this curriculum draw participants into this journey in a friendly and moving way. Find more information and access samples here.

This curriculum is meant for Canadians, but U.S. citizens can find Blanket Exercise follow-up suggestions here.

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RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Torture Awareness Month Resources 

June is Torture Awareness Month, because the immoral and abhorrent practice of torture is still all too common. National Religious Campaign Against Torture invites churches and individuals to join in raising awareness about the need to end torture, including practices like solitary confinement in U.S. and Canadian prisons and jails. Click here for ideas for getting involved in the effort, including worship resources and more.

IMMIGRATION

Lamenting with Immigrant Families

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a split 4-4 decision in US vs.Texas, a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive actions on expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. The case will be sent back to lower courts for consideration, but will not likely be resolved in 2016. The plan would have given temporary legal status to up to 5 million people, including parents of citizen children. We stand in solidarity with those affected and will continue to advocate to keep families together. For updates about the case and ways to advocate, sign up here.

INDIGENOUS JUSTICE

The CRC Repudiates Doctrine of Discovery

Last week, the CRC declared the Doctrine of Discovery to be a heresy and committed to learning about the impacts of this racist, colonial doctrine on our denomination. We thank God for this news! Please pray with us that the steps of reconciliation taken at synod will flourish so we may walk in beauty together, as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples on this land. 

POVERTY

CRC Welcomes Poverty Plan

The CRC recently joined with the Circle of Protection in applauding U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to address the root causes of poverty. The Circle of Protection, a coalition of 60 faith leaders from Christian denominations and organizations, has long been calling for a focus on poverty. Read this CRC news story to find out which portions of the plan the CRC hopes Congress will address in the future.

ACTION ALERT

Take Action for the Paris Agreement

The effectiveness of the Paris Agreement is determined by each nation’s commitment to actually increase its use of renewable energy and decrease its use of fossil fuels. It is critical that Congress hears from us as people of faith—stating that we want to see the principles of the Paris Agreement translated into real, robust policy. On Monday a group of advocates met with their members of Congress on Capitol Hill about the urgent need to address climate change. Will you add your voice to theirs? Write to your U.S. members of Congress and urge them to translate the Paris Agreement into effective and robust U.S. policy.

DO JUSTICE

Hearing from Hondurans about U.S. Immigration

by Emily Cole and Hannah Biggs

“What do you, a Honduran citizen, think about U.S. immigration? How does it affect your community? These were among the questions we took with us to a town called Mangulile in Honduras.” Read more...»

In Case You Missed It

  • Tuesday was National Aboriginal Day in Canada. Click here to learn how CRC churches across Canada marked the day, through worship services and more.

  • Our new Biblical Advocacy 101 resource for both Canada and the U.S. is now available as a brochure. Order your free copy today!

  • Action Alert: The province of Ontario is asking the public to submit comments on proposed changes to the Greenbelt plan by Sept. 30. Will you add your voice?

  • So far, over 200 CRC members in 35 churches have participated in the Climate Witness Project. Learn how your church can get involved by contacting Rich Killmer.