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Sara LishernessIt has been a busy summer for Compassion, Peace & Justice. I write this just before leaving for Big Tent in Baltimore.

By the time you read this newsletter, we will have just launched a major initiative on mental health during Big Tent. This initiative is a response to a significant action of the 223rd General Assembly (2018), calling on the church to provide networking and support to congregations and mid councils seeking to respond compassionately to people struggling with mental health issues.

In addition to more information about this initiative, there are numerous other important opportunities to engage in the ministries of Compassion, Peace & Justice, including a travel study opportunity to Puerto Rico and advocacy for refugees, affordable housing, confronting racism and ending gun violence.

Please see the links below to learn more.

And thank you for your ongoing commitment to bear witness to the love and justice of Jesus Christ!

In the faith we share,
Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness

Mental Health Ministry

The Compassion, Peace & Justice Ministry is responsible for facilitating the implementation of the two-year mental health initiative and reporting back to the next General Assembly (2020). Please take a few minutes to explore our new website and see how you can get involved.

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PC(USA) ministries call on members to reject asylum reductions

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is taking a strong stand against a reported proposal to slash the number of refugee admissions to the United States to zero in 2020, and the church is urging members to make their voices heard.

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Presbyterian film exploring gun violence now on Amazon Prime

Intended as a resource for churches, ‘Trigger’ looks at gun violence from victims to causes.

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Investment group meets Detroit residents living in refinery’s toxic shadow

Mission Responsibility Through Investment engages with community at June meeting.

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Self-Development of People will engage with Atlanta at next meeting

Presbyterian committee will hold workshops and forums during September gathering.

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ACSWP Forms Speaker’s Bureau to educate on PC(USA) policy

The goal of the initiative is to help all levels of the PC(USA) to access and investigate the many social witness policies of the denomination.

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Puerto Rico Travel Study Seminar

In the aftermath of Maria, learn about the political, social and racial dynamics revealed by the hurricane and how the church is responding to them.

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Alliance of faith and civic leaders confident that ‘Durham CAN’

Affordable housing coming soon to the heart of Durham, N.C.

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Become a Matthew 25 Church

Matthew 25 is a bold new vision and invitation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that calls us to actively engage in the world around us - serving the hungry, the oppressed, the imprisoned and the poor. When we practice justice, love and kindness, we become a living translation of Jesus Christ. Find out how your congregation can join us on this journey.

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Can Youth Triennium generation be the one to end racism?

Interest group discussions include frank talk from Racial & Intercultural Justice director.

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Triennium pays it forward to hurricane-affected Puerto Rican camp

Event’s offering went to Campamento El Guacio, severely damaged by Hurricane Maria.

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