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Office of Social Justice News | June 2017

Wanted: Social Media Organizers

Become part of the movement! We’re looking for two social media savvy individuals interested in building networks to engage church members for justice and dialogue by organizing a social media ambassadors program. Are you a strong writer? Already familiar with our work? Especially if you live on the west coast or the prairies, check out these position postings! These are one-year contract positions with honoraria.

United States applicants, click here.
Canadian applicants, click here.

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IMMIGRATION

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Together we’ve sent over 10,000 letters to politicians to advocate for changes to our broken immigration system. Now we’re taking our efforts a step further and training people to organize their congregations for change. Yesterday we raised $1,815. Will you give today to help us reach $2,000?

Your gift will be used to equip people like you to educate their congregations, integrate the topic of immigration into worship, find their voice to speak to their public officials about common-sense immigration policy, and connect church members to local efforts.

CREATION CARE

Creation Care Preaching Challenge

Calling all pastors! Have you ever talked about creation care or climate change from the pulpit? We encourage you to participate in the Creation Care Preaching Challenge. Click here to learn more about the challenge, discover creation-care resources, and learn how you can incorporate creation care and climate change into your preaching.

If you’re not a pastor, consider forwarding this information to your church’s pastor or to friends who are pastors.

INDIGENOUS JUSTICE

Finding God in the High Desert

Richard Silversmith, a Navajo man who serves as an elder at the CRC’s Christian Indian Center in Denver, Colo., went to Washington with a contingent of Christian leaders from Indigenous communities in Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado to speak out in support of Bears Ears National Monument. Read the full story here.

DO JUSTICE

New Series: Speaking Up for a Faithful Budget

Does the U.S. federal budget affect ministry? How do people of faith advocate for a budget that is faithful? We're starting a new series on Do Justice this week to tackle these questions! Check out more about the series at this link, and read the first two blog posts of the series on creation care and refugees.

ACTION ALERT

Urge Congress to Create a Faithful Budget for Climate

The proposed U.S. budget for the 2018 fiscal year includes dramatic cuts to programs that mitigate the effects of climate change and help vulnerable communities adapt. Proposed cuts would directly affect creation care efforts and other issues that shape the ministries and mission of the CRC. It’s time to speak up and ask Congress to oppose these cuts. Act now.

RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

Be an Esther or a Mordecai

"No amount of aid or money can bring back loved ones who are gone. What we try to do is, as we did . . . in Pakistan, to preempt persecution.”

Asi Mall, who works with Release International, spoke at the Grand Rapids, Mich., office of the Christian Reformed Church about the persecution of Christians and what his organization does. Read more in this CRC news article.

In Case You Missed It

  • There are only two days left of the national call-in week for refugees! Dial 1-844-4STAND5 to be connected with your members of Congress and send the simple message that you welcome refugees in your community!

  • World Refugee Day Toolkit - Celebrate World Refugee Day all month at your church with this new toolkit from the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue, World Renew, and OSJ.

  • Read about a recent conference in Ottawa organized by World Renew on food security, climate change, and small-scale farmers.

  • Pentecost and Voices in My Head - Rev. Thyra VanKeeken writes, “Pentecost is a vision of the kingdom where everyone belongs.” Read more on Do Justice.

  • West Michigan: Free screening of the National Geographic documentary From the Ashes, Mon., June 19, 7 p.m. at Monroe Community Church, 800 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, Mich.