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Office of Social Justice News | August 2018

Support U.S. Refugee Resettlement!

The CRCNA has joined other faith groups to speak out for higher refugee resettlement numbers in the United States—at minimum to meet the 45,000 goal set for refugee arrivals this year, and to commit to resettling 75,000 refugees next year. You can raise your voice too! Take action »

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WORK WITH US

Justice Mobilization Specialist

Our beloved Kelsey Herbert has taken a new job in Washington, D.C., so we’re looking for a new Justice Mobilization Specialist. This person will support U.S. CRCNA congregations in learning, involvement, and effective advocacy on a range of justice issues. Apply by September 7! Learn more »

REFUGEES - CANADA

'Journey with Me' Training - Sept. 29

Get trained for ministry with refugees in Canada and receive new myth-busting resources to support your church as you reach out to refugee neighbours. This training is run by our partners at the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue and World Renew’s Refugee Office. Register here »

ABORTION

Trusting in Princes

by Eric Nykamp

"With roughly 43,100,000 (12.7%) American citizens living in poverty, living in poverty is reported to be a key reason that young women are considering abortions. 49% of abortion patients live below the federal poverty level and 75% of abortion patients were 'poor or low-income.'

“We can do better. We must do better. To truly fight the root causes of abortion that unequally affect people in poverty and people of color, we as middle-class, white, pro-life Christians need to dig deeper. This isn’t simply a legal issue; it is a systemic issue.” Read more »

CLIMATE

Bangladesh: The Canary in the Coal Mine

Millions of people every year are displaced due to weather hazards like storms, extreme heat, and floods. In Bangladesh, changing weather patterns and rainy seasons, droughts, and flooding are threatening food security and the livelihoods of farmers. Check out the new video, Bangladesh: The Canary in the Coal Mine, about how climate change is affecting Bangladesh. The video can work well for an adult education class, small group gathering, or even your own personal use. This video is the first in a series, so stay tuned for more! Watch the video »

DO JUSTICE

Meet Our New Columnists!

What do Rebecca Warren, Troy Rienstra, Cameron Klapwyk, Joseph Mutebi, Cindy Verbeek, and Reggie Smith have in common? They’re all (1) living justice in their daily lives and (2) new Do Justice columnists. They’ll each be writing four articles for the Do Justice blog this coming year on justice areas in which they have expertise, from criminal justice reform to refugee resettlement to poverty to the intersection of justice and theology. Check out their bios »

FROM OUR CRC PARTNERS

What Lessons Can We Learn from What’s Happened at Willow Creek?

“Willow Creek elder Missy Rasmussen said, ‘We trusted Bill, and this clouded our judgment.’ Power in itself is not evil or wrong, but when abused, power can begin a cycle of harm that is detrimental not only to the ‘victim’ but also to the community.” Read more »

—from our partners at CRC Safe Church Ministry

Worship Resources: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Find a full package of worship resources for your church’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, including a prayer, free bulletin inserts, sermon notes, a litany, suggested songs, and a PowerPoint presentation about the persecuted church in North Korea. Order your bulletin inserts by October 1 on our website to ensure that they arrive on time! Get the resources »

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