Office of Social Justice News | June 2019

Action Alert: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act seeks to eliminate discrimination and promote women’s health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations. While carrying life in the womb, women can continue to provide for their family. Ask your legislator to support the sanctity of life through workplace protections!



“Seeing Beyond the Immigration Rhetoric” Do Justice Blog Series Has Started!

Opinions tend to run high about the issues of immigration and refugee resettlement, but often our shared set of facts runs low. Immigration in the U.S. isn't just a political battleground or Facebook debate. Decisions about border security, refugee resettlement targets, detention, DACA, ICE…all affect our friends, neighbors, and fellow believers. So what's actually happening and how is the Church responding to it? We'll hear from immigrants and people working with immigrants from across the U.S. to get some answers. Subscribe to the blog here!


World Refugee Day

The world may tell us to fear refugees, but Christians are called to be different. Christ came to a world that did not recognize him and he became a refugee himself; we are called to seek the face of God through the “strangers” he sends our way. We’ve put together a toolkit to help you celebrate and remember refugees this World Refugee Day (June 20) with your church! Download the toolkit at


Support Bipartisan Climate Solutions!

This week, thousands of climate advocates - young and old, Christian and non-Christian alike - will head to Capitol Hill to ask Congress to support bold, bi-partisan solutions to combat climate change. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act will drive down America’s carbon pollution and bring climate change under control, while unleashing American technological innovation. Let’s ensure our elected officials know that people of faith care deeply about protecting God’s creation!


Restorative Justice: A Better Way

“Restorative justice advocates understand the importance of punishment for wrongdoing. They also know that placing primary focus on healing the victim of a crime—and not just on the consequences for the offender—leads to a very different set of responses to crime.”

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China's Religious Freedom Violations

“As a Christian [living in China], your Bible may have been rewritten by the Chinese government, your church shuttered or demolished, and your pastor imprisoned,” the commission wrote. “As a human rights defender who works to protect people targeted for their faith, you may be arrested, or worse, disappeared.”

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Let’s Stop Accepting These 5 Lies

Many untruths about what’s happening at the U.S. southern border have been circulating in our news outlets, social media platforms, and day-to-day conversations. “We are called to keep learning (or un-learning), and to keep our eyes open, to bear witness, and to advocate for justice on behalf of those suffering at the border. They are our brothers and sisters. In courage, let’s stop accepting these lies” about the border and our immigrant neighbors.

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Canadian Indigenous Ministries Committee

Indigenous Ministry Sunday is June 16th. Consider using some resources provided by the Canadian Indigenous Ministries Committee to enrich your service. Indigenous Ministry Sunday provides an opportunity for everyone in Canada to learn more about Indigenous peoples, their cultures and to celebrate the gifts and richness that Indigenous people bring to life in Canada.

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In Case You Missed It

  • The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on June 4 - a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Now the Senate must take up the bill or draft their own to take the next step towards protecting this group of immigrants. 
  • As momentum gathers to reconcile Canadian law to Indigenous rights as outlined in the U.N. Declaration, we’re adding our voices in support of Bill C-262. This bill would bring Canadian law more in line with Indigenous rights.