Social Justice Advocacy Committee

Social Justice Advocacy Committee

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 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. The Social Justice Advocacy Committee began its work in July 2011 in order to find new ways to engage members of Second in the public policy forum. 

Past advocacy issues have included reducing gun violence, supporting a "just" state budget, and Medicaid expansion in the state of Virginia.  Current issues (2016) under study and consideration include the Faith Movement for RVA Metro Transit, Medicaid Expansion and Prisoner re-entry to society.

The Advocacy Committee meets monthly and seeks ways for our congregation to learnhow to become effective advocates and to offer opportunities to educate ourselves on these difficult policy issues. We also explore 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.

There are many resources already available to educate ourselves about these and other public policy issues and effective methods to address those issues. One of the responsibilities of the Advocacy Committee is to promote these resources to the congregation. Here's one example:

Advocacy PC(USA)

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.  To read more about the Public Witness programs and to sign up for email alerts, visit the website at: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/compassion-peace-justice/washington/