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Office of Social Justice News | January 2017
“I pledge to protect and defend vulnerable people in the name of Jesus.”

The Matthew 25 Pledge is a national Christian movement formed in response to threats of policies that will do harm to vulnerable people, particularly immigrants, Muslims, and young people of color. This movement will provide resources to help you commit to daily prayer for people who are at risk of harm, educate your community about policies that harm vulnerable people, multiply the movement by inviting others to sign this pledge, and use your voice to advocate for more just policies that protect the vulnerable.

Will you take the pledge and join us in the biblical call to protect and defend the vulnerable?

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SANCTITY OF LIFE

Baby Eloise and the Sanctity of Life

This Sunday, Jan. 15, is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and many CRC congregations are commemorating the day. This year, we are lifting up those grieving the loss of a child, which is why we’re highlighting the story of baby Eloise. In her short time on earth, Eloise touched the lives of many people, teaching about the value of every life created in God’s image, no matter how fragile or small. Read about Eloise’s story in this CRC News article.

IMMIGRATION

U.S. - Take Action to Protect DREAMers!

The Senate is moving to introduce bipartisan legislation that would maintain protections for the approximately 750,000 young undocumented recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The temporary relief program is at risk of being terminated under the incoming administration. The BRIDGE Act is bipartisan legislation that would allow people with DACA status and those eligible to continue living and working in the U.S. with permission from the government. Send a message to your Senators today to demonstrate your support for DACA recipients and to ask them to cosponsor the BRIDGE Act!

DO JUSTICE

5 CRC Justice Worship Resources You May Not Know About

How can our worship together on Sundays shape and enliven the way we worship God every other day of the week, by working together for a society that honors the dignity of ALL God’s imagebearers? Read more >

CREATION CARE

Guide for Reducing Energy Consumption

One of our Climate Witness Project regional organizers, Henry Brouwer, has developed a guide to help churches reduce their impact on creation by lowering energy consumed. The guide has ideas for reducing operating/facility expenses and tips for implementation. Download the guide here, and please share with your church. More energy stewardship and creation care resources are available at crcna.org/cwp.

ACTION ALERT

Urge Your MP to Support Equity for Indigenous Kids!

We must act quickly to create real change for Indigenous kids through equitable funding and education that incorporates Indigenous languages, cultures, values, and communities in student success. The current government administration has made some big promises on reconciliation in education and has followed them up with some signs of commitment, including historic levels of budget commitment in early 2016, but the Indigenous education system is still deeply broken. Let’s speak up and urge our MPs to follow through on these promises and good intentions, for the sake of Indigenous kids. Click here to act!

RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

Become an Advocate for the Persecuted

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church has come and gone, but religious persecution is a year-round reality for many people around the globe and here in North America. Want to become an advocate for the persecuted? Learn from persecuted Christians firsthand? Visit our Religious Persecution pages.

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