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This has been a Lent like no other, as many of us are in relative isolation with a small circle of family and loved ones, all to curb the spread of a deadly disease. Caring for one another by staying apart is new to most of us. As we enter Holy Week, we are finding new ways to worship and reach out as we look forward to resurrection and renewal. In this edition of the Justice and Peace Monthly, you will find numerous ways that the Compassion, Peace & Justice ministries are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, from providing financial relief to resources and expertise in this time that we pray will quickly pass.

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The three Compassion, Peace & Justice ministries supported by One Great Hour of Sharing - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People - all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope. Now, more than ever, your support is critical. Please consider giving.

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PDA ready to make COVID-19 grants thanks to One Great Hour of Sharing
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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) announced it has pulled more than $2 million out of reserves it uses to supplement unsupported or under-supported disaster responses — a fund fortified in part by gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing — to help aid response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘We’re all in this together’
Alonzo Johnson

Partners of the Presbyterian Hunger Program and the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People work on issues facing vulnerable communities throughout the year. As coronavirus impacts the nation, their coordinators talk about how to help those in need.

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A Compassion, Peace & Justice coronavirus resource list

The Compassion, Peace & Justice ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency have compiled a list of resources to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic. This list will be updated regularly.

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PC(USA) corporate engagement committee calls on companies to support workers in COVID-19 crisis
Joseph Kinard and Rob Fohr

The Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) has joined nearly 200 signatories on a statement from global institutional investors urging companies to support workers and markets during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Protecting your mental health during the pandemic

The Presbyterian Mental Health Network has put together new resources, including a one-page tip sheet on ways to handle stress, fear and panic. A companion piece by the Presbyterian Mental Health Ministry features additional resources to help people safeguard their mental health during the COVID-19 crisis.

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PC(USA) Washington office calls for easing Iran sanctions to combat COVID-19

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) has signed onto appeals to top U.S. officials, including President Donald J. Trump, to ease sanctions on Iran to help blunt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tips for Responding to Hunger in a Pandemic

Hunger is a serious challenge, even as our attention is focused on the health crisis at hand, and in many ways, it may get worse. What can we do to ensure that the virus that has brought so much of daily life to a grinding halt does not do the same to our work to end hunger?

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Challenging reads for Lent, COVID-19 in Unbound

The writers of Unbound, the online Christian Social Justice journal from the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, have been busy sharing thoughts on this Holy season in Ashes to Rainbows: A Queer Lenten Journal as well as the pandemic.

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Presbyterian United Nations ministry shares UN coronavirus resources
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Go to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations website to learn more about the church’s UN office and see how the UN is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ways you can support people in immigration detention during the pandemic

From writing postcards and letters of encouragement to giving to key groups, there are a number of ways you can help people in immigration detention, even in this time of social distancing.

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Presbyterian group participates in worship at the Border Church

The first day of March, participants in the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s Southern Border Travel Study Seminar participated in the Border church, an ecumenical service at the U.S.-Mexico border wall between San Diego and Tijuana at the Pacific Ocean.

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Become a Matthew 25 Church
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Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Matthew 25 is a bold new vision and invitation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with over 460 congregations and mid councils that have already pledged to become a Matthew 25 church by working to build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism and eradicate systemic poverty. We invite you to join us on this journey!

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A paper chain built by Presbyterian generosity is unbreakable!
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Our Links of Love special giving challenge celebrates our united and collective impact toward making a difference in the lives of others around the world. Get involved today.

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