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The Compassion, Peace & Justice ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency lifted up the importance of earth care and environmental justice last month while lamenting the nation’s continued struggles with racism, poverty and violence, the vestiges of colonialism and the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, you’ll see the many ways that CPJ remains committed to improving the planet and humanity, from approving a COVID-19 grant for India to rejecting toxic theology to inviting International Peacemakers to exploring family dynamics.

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance grants $20,000 to COVID response in India

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has approved a $20,000 grant for COVID-19 response in India. While the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be subsiding in most parts of the United States, India is experiencing a catastrophic surge in the virus.

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Welcoming International Peacemakers

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program will offer the International Peacemaker Program in a hybrid format – with in-person and virtual options – this fall. Anyone, such as Mid-councils, clusters of congregations or educational institutions, who would like to host a peacemaker can contact peacemaking@pcusa.org.

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Virtual series focuses on concerns of Black women and girls

The Task Force for Black Women and Girls highlighted reproductive justice last month as part of its ongoing series of virtual panel discussions. Next, the Rev. Kerri Allen, who chairs the Presbyterian Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment, will lead a discussion on toxic theology at 5:30 p.m. May 27 @genderjusticepcusa on Facebook.

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May is Mental Health Month

In honor of Mental Health Month, the Presbyterian Mental Health Ministry has compiled resources to help church leaders and others through the lingering challenges of the pandemic.

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CPJ Days finale takes participants to the river

After two days bringing a lot of new ideas to Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Days, the Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes invoked an old hymn to start his third and final day of theological reflections.

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Missoula Interfaith Collaborative fighting homelessness in Montana

An ecumenical collaborative that works with homeless families and other vulnerable people is making an impact in Missoula, Montana, with support from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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World Refugee Day is June 20

PDA has collected resources from across the denomination for congregations preparing for World Refugee Day, June 20. The day is a time to remember the sacrifices made by refugees around the world and the gifts they bring to their communities.

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SDOP committee member speaks out against anti-Asian hate

The Rev. Phil Tom of the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People speaks out against discrimination and violence against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in this video, which was recorded for The Riverside Church in New York.

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'Queering the Family'

In the weeks between Mother's Day and Father's Day, Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice and More Light Presbyterians will explore family dynamics in the "Queering the Family" series. Each week, there will be themes portraying what a family encompasses and two authors. More Light Presbyterians’ Liberation Bible Study also will be lifted up.

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Become a Facebook follower of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Don’t be left wondering what is happening in the life of our Church. Get the latest news and highlights from the PC(USA) national office. Follow us on Facebook today.

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We invite you to join us on this journey to become a Matthew 25 church.

Jesus calls us to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned and poor. We rejoice how our re-energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a shared and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission. Over 900 churches and mid councils have accepted the Matthew 25 invitation to help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world by building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty.

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