Office of Social Justice News | November 2017

An update from our team at the COP23 climate change conference

“Being with thousands of people from all over the world, coming together from all walks of life to stand in solidarity about an issue that is affecting the entire world, is an awesome thing. You realize that you, as an individual, are one of many with the same passion, and that each of us are one small but crucial piece of the puzzle. Each of us has our own unique contribution to make to the bigger picture of defending vulnerable people and preserving God’s good world.” (Stephan Lutz, World Renew Kenya)

Read more of Stephan’s reflections here »



Regional Organizers

Are you passionate about the church engaging the issue of immigration and taking action? We are seeking individuals in specific regions to assist the OSJ in developing relationships with congregations to encourage them to deepen their understanding of immigration through education, worship, advocacy, and local connections. This is a short-term position and a stipend is offered. Learn more and apply here:

NW Iowa:
Pacific Northwest:


Immanuel, Incarnate - Free Advent Devotional

Immanuel, Incarnate is an email devotional series featuring reflections from CRC ministries during Advent 2017. Join World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice in exploring the incarnation of Christ and his presence in our lives as we prepare to celebrate his birth. A devotion will be delivered to your email inbox every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting Dec. 4 through Christmas Day. Sign up today!


CRCNA Delegation Meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Several CRC leaders received a grant to travel to the Middle East with Churches for Middle East Peace to strengthen our partnerships for justice and peace in the region, in response to Synod 2017's call. We are grateful for the faithful witness to justice and peace for both Israelis and Palestinians that we can engage in through coalitions like Churches for Middle East Peace. Read more »


Bill 62 and Our Fear of Change

by Gideon Strauss
“Bill 62 is most infamous for being a law that forbids people from covering their faces while using public services in Quebec….I wish for my niqab-fearing neighbours in Quebec to have an opportunity to really get to know some of our Muslim neighbours.” Read more »


COP 23 Climate Action Alerts

Let your elected representatives know that you are paying attention to what is happening at COP 23 in Bonn, why you care, and what you want them to do about it.

Canada: Urge your MP to support increased climate ambition and clean energy policies!

United States: Tell your Congressperson to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus!


Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Bulletin Inserts

January 21 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and we have created bulletin inserts for your church to honor the day. The focus of the inserts this year Jeremiah 1:5: God knows us, God appoints us, and God blesses us to be a blessing. Order the inserts from Faith Alive here. The deadline for ordering bulletin inserts is December 18. Stay tuned for other worship resources as the day gets closer.


Facebook Live call for refugee advocacy

Churches in Canada have been lining up to sponsor refugees, but systemic wait time issues have proved discouraging. Join a church refugee sponsor, two refugee policy experts, and a Christian Reformed justice communicator next Friday at 7-8 pm EST on the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue’s Facebook page to learn about these wait times and how you can advocate for a stronger refugee system in Canada.

Sign up to receive a notification when the call is about to begin.


Intercultural Ministry Facilitator Training and Retreat

Spend three days developing your skills and confidence to facilitate intercultural ministry conversations and developing resources for intercultural ministry in the Canadian context. Bernadette Arthur of the CRC’s Office of Race Relations will be facilitating a new workshop and learning on next steps to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery will also be discussed. (Toronto School of Theology; November 23-25)
Register and learn more »

—from the CRC Office of Race Relations

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.
  • Canada 150 Preaching Challenge - What do the biblical calls to hospitality and reconciled relationships mean for your church’s relationships with local Indigenous peoples?