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Office of Social Justice News | December 2017

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Worship Materials

God knows us. God appoints us. God blesses us to be a blessing. These statements along with the verse from Jeremiah 1:5 are the focus of our worship materials to help your church honor Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on January 21. The world tells us that a person’s life is only as valuable as the circumstances into which they are born. However, as the people of God, we are called to seek flourishing for every person created in the image of God. Visit crcna.org/life for worship resources including a bulletin insert, a prayer, and a responsive reading.

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IMMIGRATION — U.S.

Seeking Immigration Organizers in California, Pacific NW, and NW Iowa

Are you passionate about the church being informed about immigration and engaged in advocacy? You can be a part of this important work with OSJ through applying to be an immigration organizer! We're looking for individuals in specific regions to develop relationships with area congregations to gain a deeper understanding of immigration through education, worship, advocacy, and local connections. A stipend is offered. Please share this announcement with individuals who you think may be interested.

Learn more and apply here:

California
Pacific Northwest
NW Iowa

REFUGEES — CANADA

Get equipped for refugee advocacy

Canada's private refugee sponsorship program is admired around the world. But sponsors know that wait times and backlogs are a serious problem. Advocate for change today with World Renew and the Centre for Public Dialogue by signing up at bit.ly/halfwelcomeadvocacy.

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL

Immanuel, Incarnate - Free Advent Devotional

Sign up for Advent Devotions today: It’s not too late! Take time to prepare for Immanuel, Incarnate at Christmas time with Monday, Wednesday, and Friday reflections sent to your email inbox from World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice through Christmas Day. Join this exploration of the Incarnation of Christ and his daily presence in our lives as we prepare to celebrate his birth. Don’t miss out: Sign up today at crcna.org/advent.

CREATION CARE

Over 500 Partners in 77 Churches!

We're celebrating that we have Climate Witness Project teams at 77 churches and over 500 partners! Thanks for your involvement and support, everyone. Let's keep up this momentum and continue to #ActOnClimate! If you'd like to be a partner, sign up here.

DO JUSTICE

Do Justice reader survey

We want to discuss the questions that keep you up at night, the questions that you wish someone would talk about from a Reformed, justice-seeking perspective. As we head into our annual planning, we want to hear from you!

Can you take a few minutes to answer these 5 questions? Take the survey at: bit.ly/dj-reader-survey

ACTION ALERT

Take action for Dreamers!

Take action for Dreamers today! Congress has only 34 legislative days to act before March 5, 2018—the day the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects almost 800,000 immigrant youth from deportation, will be terminated. Each day that Congress waits to pass the Dream Act, 122 DACA recipients lose their status. We have waited long enough—ask Congress to pass the Dream Act now.

RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

Shoulder to Shoulder Statement

The President of the United States recently retweeted anti-Muslim videos. Shoulder to Shoulder, an interfaith campaign that the Christian Reformed Church is part of, released a statement in response. Join us in praying for the safety of our Muslim neighbors in contexts that are becoming increasingly hostile towards them. May they see the light of Christ reflected through our love this Christmas season. 

 

INDIGENOUS JUSTICE

Dear Tanya: A National Tragedy Hits Home

by Priya Andrade

“At the end of the hearing, Vanessa handed the baby to the commissioner. It was so powerful. I wondered about my community. I wondered: if there were 1200 missing East Indians in Canada, would we continue to be idle?” Read more »

GIVING TUESDAY

Thank You!

You stood with Do Justice this Giving Tuesday and gave almost $5000 USD. Thanks to all those who shared why they write for or why they read Do Justice.

If you missed out and still want to contribute to our vision of a diverse, Reformed space, you can give to the two offices that run the blog at the links below:

Office of Social Justice
Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue

FROM OUR CRC PARTNERS

February 18: Justice and Hope Sunday

Attention all Canadians! We have hope because we are not saving the world; Christ is. Focus on questions of justice and hope with your congregation by marking Justice and Hope Sunday, already listed on the deacons' offering calendar as Centre for Public Dialogue's offering Sunday, this February 18. Find free worship resources, a Lenten advocacy challenge, and bulletin inserts on the Centre’s website. Order your bulletin inserts by the end of December to make sure they arrive on time!

—from our Canadian partner at the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue

In Case You Missed It

  • Immigrants are a Blessing Litany - Remember the blessing of the "stranger" with us this Dec 10. Download or order a copy for your church.
  • MLK Day 2018 - Join us and the Office of Race Relations at Millbrook CRC in Grand Rapids to ponder this question from MLK: Where do we go from here—chaos or community?