Social Justice Advocacy Committee
Social Justice Advocacy at Second Presbyterian
As followers of Christ, we are called to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, visit the prisoner, and care for the sick. Second Presbyterian has long been engaged in ministries of compassion through such mission efforts as the Walk-In Food Ministry, Assisting Families of Inmates, the Child Care Center, Micah Project, and CARITAS. As followers of Christ, we are also called to work in the public realm to build a more just society, seeking to eliminate the root causes of poverty, violence, injustice and inequality.
Mission Council coordinates advocacy education and actions for the congregations. Past advocacy issues have included reducing gun violence, supporting a "just" state budget, and Medicaid expansion in the state of Virginia. Current issues (2017-2018) under study and consideration include the Faith Movement for RVA Metro Transit, Medicaid Expansion and refugee/immigrant needs.
Members that are interested in advocacy at Second Presbyterian seek ways for the congregation to learn how to become effective advocates and to offer opportunities to educate ourselves on these difficult policy issues. We also seek collaborations to join our voices with those of other congregations and other groups to express our concerns on behalf of those who are vulnerable and often voiceless. We know that these are complicated issues on which people of faith can—and will—disagree, so we want to be sure that we offer opportunities for serious reflection and respectful discussion.
If you would like to learn more about advocacy projects and to join the Advocacy@2ndPres email list, please contact Lucretia McCulley, Co-Chair, Mission Council.
There are many resources already available to educate ourselves about these and other public policy issues and effective methods to address those issues.
Presbyterian Office Of Public Witness: Advocating for Justice, Peace and Freedom
Did you know that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) maintains an office in Washington D.C. that is dedicated to public policy information and advocacy? Its purpose is to advocate, and help the church to advocate, the social witness perspectives and policies of the PCUSA General Assembly. Our reformed theology teaches us that because a sovereign God is at work in all the world, the church and Christian citizens should be concerned about public policy. One of the most important roles of the Public Witness Office is to provide ways for all Presbyterians to express their concerns to people in government in a timely and effective manner. Presbyterians can sign up for email alerts, receive educational reports on various issues, or join or "follow" the Office on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
Mission: The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy envisions a world where people of all faiths cooperate to create compassionate communities that are just, peaceful, equitable and sustainable.We unite people of faith in Virginia. Through partnerships with other statewide non-profit advocacy organizations and our own grassroots networks, we empower faithful advocates to: LEARN about the issues challenging our communities; PRAY for guidance and discernment;ACT to make Virginia a more just and compassionate Commonwealth.
Second Presbyterian is a faith partner with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. We provide financial support and partner with VICPP on education and actions for various issues.
Volunteer contact: Lana Heath de Martinez email@example.com
Presbytery of the James – Public Policy Witness Purpose Group
The Public Policy Witness Purpose Group was formed in 2010 to continue and the enhance the presbytery’s longstanding practice of encouraging effective public policy witness among individuals and congregations of the presbytery. The group serves as a liaison between those members of the presbytery who seek to be engaged in advocacy work and selected faith-based organizations practicing public policy witness within the state of Virginia.
building just, inclusive and nonviolent communities through education and action
Mission: The Richmond Peace Education Center works actively to build a more peaceful community in the Richmond, Virginia area. For almost four decades we have been a leading voice for nonviolence and social justice. Through our workshops, public events, and education trainings, we make a difference in the region.
Volunteer Opportunities: Richmond Youth Peace Project; Attend Annual Auction and Dinner; Office Volunteer support
Contact: Adria Scharf, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org