A busy summer for Compassion, Peace & Justice
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The summer is a time of rest, recreation and rejuvenation for many, but the need to advocate for positive change and to love thy neighbor never ceases. With that in mind, the Compassion, Peace and Justice ministries have been hard at work, providing a virtual platform for people with disabilities; supporting communities impacted by gun violence, natural disasters and war; being good stewards of the earth; promoting inclusiveness; examining cultural shifts; and fighting systemic poverty. Read all about it in this month’s newsletter. (Photo by Pat Jackson)

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‘Heartened and hopeful’ to be part of the conversation in Uvalde, Texas

Members of the National Response Team for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance have been sharing the love of God with people in Uvalde, Texas, the site of a deadly school shooting. They recently led a lunch-n-learn discussion at First Presbyterian Church.

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Latest issue of PHP Post tackles systemic poverty

The fall issue of the PHP Post is dedicated to eradicating systemic poverty. Read "Reform to Transformation: Ending Hunger and Eradicating Poverty," "Matthew 25 Assertions on Poverty," "The Three L’s of Relationships," and more.

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PDA responds to destructive flooding in multiple areas

The devastating flooding in eastern Kentucky that took the lives of at least 37 people is part of a series of flooding events that Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is offering support and prayers for. Virginia and Missouri are among the affected states. (Caption: An airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron searches for flood victims in eastern Kentucky. Photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear.)

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‘Think and laugh and be compelled to reimagine’

The Rev. Shanea Leonard will be the keynote speaker at "Evangelism: Addressing Harm, Embracing Hope." During the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 conference, "we’re going to think and laugh and be compelled to reimagine," they said. "We will sit with our pain, and yet look toward our hope."

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‘When one thing goes out of whack in our communities, many things go out of whack’

A four-person panel discussed challenges faced by people with disabilities in a webinar that also highlighted how vital that population is to the church. The virtual event was part of a continuing series by the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People.

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Presbyterians to hear stories and perspectives of International Peacemakers

International Peacemakers will itinerate throughout the church in the coming months at the invitation of mid councils and Presbyterian-affiliated institutions. They come from around the globe and will share their perspectives on various issues affecting their countries.

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‘A Matter of Faith’ podcast explores intersection between work and religion

During an appearance on "A Matter of Faith: A Presby Podcast," Dr. Carolyn Chen of the University of California, Berkeley explained how work is replacing religion for some Americans. She’s the author of "Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley."

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Unbound seeks creatives for Advent series

Are you a creative writer? Want to reimagine the narratives of Advent? Let us know you’re interested in writing for the upcoming Unbound Advent series.

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Commissioners Approve Divestment from Five Energy Companies

The 225th General Assembly voted in favor of divesting from five energy companies, and media from around the country, including CBS News, the Associated Press and the Presbyterian News Service, took notice of the historic move.

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The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and interfaith groups denounce ‘illegal assault on Ukraine’

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has signed onto an interfaith letter urging Congress to make "stopping the bloodshed" in Ukraine a top priority as reports of injuries, death, displacement, and destruction from the war with Russia continue. "The United States must make every effort to prevent the escalation of violence, the expansion of war aims and the prolongation of fighting," the letter says.

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