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August 18, 2017

A word regarding Charlottesville

from Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada
Sisters and brothers, my heart breaks at the violence this weekend in Charlottesville – the loss of life, the dishonoring of children of God, the vile insults hurled and the wounds of history reopened. I pray for the family of the woman who died. I pray in praise of the peaceful demonstrators. We cannot take backward steps fueled by hatred. We cannot be silent when the humanity of black persons is being assaulted and terrorized. The commandment in 1 John 4:20calls us to account: “Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.” And so let us love one another as we love God. With such love, we are compelled to stand for justice, and walk in peace.

Trumpism, Neo-Nazism, and the Ku Klux Klan: Ideological Soulmates

WE MUST RESIST THIS AXIS OF HATE!

But that’s not enough: We Must Dismantle White Supremacy in ALL its Many Forms!

Why? Simply put: white supremacy is a demonic power that opposes the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. It distorts our relationships, divides our church, dehumanizes precious children of God, and ultimately destroys everything over which it gains control. As Christians, we must loosen its grip on us and allow God to use us to banish it from God's church and God's world forever. Therefore, let us suit up in our spiritual armor and get to work! (Ephesians 6: 10 - 18).

Where Are the Conservative Christians?

"Racial or ethnic prejudice is a sin in the eyes of God, and no Christian should allow his or her heart to be filled with prejudice. Prejudice and hate go hand-in-hand, and hate is the opposite of Christ’s love." --Billy Graham
So when it comes to speaking out against racism and white supremacy, where are all the conservative Christians?

Where Are the Reagan Conservatives?

''The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood.'' --Ronald Wilson Reagan.
So when it comes to speaking out against racism and white supremacy, where are all the Reagan conservatives?


August 15, 2017

DEFEND DACA TODAY! Call Congress: 202-224-3121

Tell Congress to Stand with Immigrant Youth
Call (202) 224-3121 today!

Right now, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under an immediate, existential threat. Ten attorneys general have threatened to sue President Trump if he doesn't terminate the DACA program by September 5th. We're concerned that Trump could end the program before then, turning our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. We need our U.S. Representatives and Senators to hear that we support our immigrant neighbors and vow to protect DACA!

Tell Congress to Stand with Immigrant Youth
Call (202) 224-3121 today!

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State]. I stand in solidarity with undocumented youth, support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and strongly oppose any attempt to end it. DACA has provided the opportunity for nearly 800,000 young people to pursue their dreams. The fact that the administration is considering ending DACA is morally reprehensible, runs counter to who we are as a nation, and does not reflect the welcome for immigrants I see every day in my community. I urge you to do everything in your power to urge the administration to keep the DACA program intact. I also invite you to support the Dream Act of 2017 (S.1615 / H.R.3440) and work toward larger legislative reform of our immigration system in a humane and common-sense manner.”

Tell Congress to Stand with Immigrant Youth
Call (202) 224-3121 today!


August 14, 2017

GMP Terri Hord Owens Speaks Out About Charlottesville

A word regarding Charlottesville

From General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens –
Sisters and brothers, my heart breaks at the violence this weekend in Charlottesville – the loss of life, the dishonoring of children of God, the vile insults hurled and the wounds of history reopened. I pray for the family of the woman who died. I pray in praise of the peaceful demonstrators. We cannot take backward steps fueled by hatred. We cannot be silent when the humanity of black persons is being assaulted and terrorized.
The commandment in 1 John 4:20 calls us to account: “Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”
And so let us love one another as we love God. With such love, we are compelled to stand for justice, and walk in peace.

August 10, 2017

TAKE ACTION: SHOW UP TO DEFEND DACA

Take Action: Show Up To Defend DACA

This coming Tuesday, August 15th, we are partnering with United We Dream to stand up with immigrants in local actions at dozens of cities across the country. Click here to view a list of events.

August 4, 2017

1600 U.S. Faith Leaders Sign On to a Letter to Defend DACA; Faith Leaders and DACA Beneficiaries Speak Outside the White House


Faith leaders and advocates gathered in front of the White House to urge the Trump administration to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In an open letter signed by over 1,600 religious leaders nationwide, clergy call on the Trump administration to maintain the DACA program throughout the presidency. To watch the gathering, click here. To read the letter, click here.

Here are some images from the event:

July 31, 2017

Black Women's Equal Pay Day


Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day — the day when Black women's earnings catch up to what white men earned in the previous year. That’s right — because of the wage gap, Black women have to work for 19 months to make the same amount that white men made in 12 months.
It’s infuriating. It’s unjust. That’s why today and every day, we’re fighting for equal pay. We can’t end pay discrimination if employers can hide the fact they are paying women and people of color less. But now some Members of Congress are trying to help corporations sweep these wage gaps under the rug — and we can’t let it happen on our watch.
Tell Congress to Protect the Equal Pay Data Collection
(202) 224-3121

July 29, 2017

The Fight for Health Care Access Continues. . . A Message from Dr. William Barber II

Disciples activists Dr. Laird Thomason and Dr. William Barber II join other people of faith on the Senate lawn to draw attention to the many people who would suffer and die if health care was denied to them because of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
This week, faith and moral leaders rose up to resist the egregious assault on health care being led by extremists in the White House and U.S. Congress. While we came from many traditions, we spoke in one voice about the dignity of every human life and the fundamental moral principle that all should have access to consistent, affordable and quality health care.

I met many persons impacted by health care access. I want to especially thank disability justice activist who were the first to initiate civil disobedience, which inspired our activism in Washington.

For weeks Repairers of the Breach worked alongside impacted persons and D.C. moral activist to organize protest and rallies, which resulted in over 50 arrest. I am writing to thank you for your support in Washington and across the country standing up for health care.

From Rev. Dr. Laird Thomason, Minister of Health and Wellness at the Disciples Center for Public Witness:

Early Friday morning, Senator John McCain joined with Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, resisted intense pressure from their party and from the White House, and voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following this dramatic 2 am vote that saved health care and Medicaid for millions, a Methodist colleague and long-time health care advocate, Cynthia Abrams, wrote: “I like to think that Ted Kennedy had a little talk with his friend John McCain last night.”

If so, that certainly was not the only voice that was raised over the last months. Concerned people of faith met tirelessly to pray, plan, march, write, make strategic visits to elected officials, get arrested, organize home district meetings across the United States and across denominational and faith lines, and to gather not only in their communities, but also on the grounds and in the halls of Congress, for prophetic witness and faithful engagement. THANK YOU ALL!

July 17, 2017

Photo Story: Justice Groups Share Exhibit Space

Rev. Dr. Mark Johnston, Executive Director of the Open & Affirming Ministries Program, along with members of Alliance Q and the AllianceQ Council, answer questions about the work of the Alliance and how we help congregations live out being a church of grace and welcome to all.

Rev. Dan Adolphson, AllianceQ Moderator, said, "In coming together as the social justice organizations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we modeled to the assembly what intersectionality means. The issues that Disciples Peace Fellowship, Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance, Reconciliation Ministries, Disciples Palestine/Israel Network, the Disciples Center for Public Witness/Disciples Justice Action Network, and the Religious Outreach Department at the Center for Responsible Lending address affect all of us - calling us not to work in silos but together. As we look towards the future and live out not only the missions of our organizations, but the call to prophetic justice modeled by our various assembly speakers and our new General Minister and President. we will continue to build upon the successes of our "social justice hub" at General Assembly as we work together to help the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) live out its prophetic voice and call."

Photo Story: Interfaith Leaders Rally for Health Care

 Interfaith leaders marched to the U.S. Senate to be a witness for millions of Americans on the verge of losing their health care. Eleven courageous faith leaders—including Disciples justice activist, William Barber III—were arrested for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience protesting Senator McConnell’s new health care bill—a bill that is as dangerous and immoral as its predecessors. This sinful bill would cut Medicaid to the bone and prey upon millions of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters: children, seniors in nursing homes, people with disabilities and low-income families including veterans. Our leaders face a moral test with life and death consequences. Together we can send a powerful message that no one should be denied health care.

Photo Story: Disciples Rally for Family Justice

Nearly one hundred Disciples marched to the Indiana State House this afternoon to support a variety of justice causes. Speakers included Rev. Dr. William Barber of North Carolina, pictured above. While there were a variety of signs held and chants cheered, family is what brought everyone's passions together, said Rev. Kate Epperly, one of the event's founders. What connects these justice issues is their impact on families. The "Disciples Rally 4 Family Justice" was co-sponsored by: Disciples Home Missions, Disciples Family & Children's Ministries, Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries, Yakama Christian Mission, National Benevolent Association, God Before Guns, Disciples Women, Disciples Justice Action Network, Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance, Disciples Green Chalice, Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries, Disciples Peace Fellowship, and North American Pacific/Asian Disciples.

Photo Story: Vigil for Just Peace

Rev. Rebecca Littlejohn, co-chair of Disciples Peace Fellowship, commented on the success of the vigil. She said, “I was a little concerned that simply walking around the block, singing and praying, would be a little too 'old-school' to attract much of a crowd, but based on the feedback I continued receiving the rest of the week, Disciples are eager to join together in the classic disciplines of the faith, in order to strengthen our common witness to the importance of just peacemaking in all realms of life.” 

July 8, 2017

Sharon Watkins Honored

Tonight, at a special banquet at the General Assembly in Indianapolis, Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, and a very supportive member of the Disciples Center for Public Witness Board of Governors, was honored as her years of ministry and service as GMP of our denomination came to an end.

We will greatly miss her, her leadership, and her support for the Center!  But we wish her many blessings and the best of luck in whatever God next calls her to do.  And we will always value her contributions to promoting a greater passion for justice within our church and beyond. 




Ron Degges Honored

Ron Degges, President of Disciples Home Missions and a member of the DC4PW Board of Governors, was honored at a retirement dinner last night in Indianapolis. We'll very much miss Ron! He's done a great job!




July 7, 2017

DJAN and DC4PW at General Assembly 2017


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Saturday, July 8: 3 – 4:30 pm
JUSTICE 4 FAMILIES MARCH AND RALLY
Dr. William Barber will be the lead speaker.

Indiana State House – South Steps
Gather at 2.45 pm in Room 103 in the Convention Center
Organized by DJAN, DHM, RIM, and others








Monday, July 10: 11.15 am – 12.45 pm
DR. MICHAEL KINNAMON
- The Politics of Fear –

Room 115 in the Convention Center
Please bring your lunch to this event









Book Signing by Michael Kinnamon
“The Witness of Religion in an Age of Fear"

Sunday, July 9: 2 – 3.15 pm at the DJAN booth 
Buy your book and bring it to be signed

Monday, July 10: 11.15 am – 12.45 pm in Convention Center Room 115
Books available there









Monday, July 10: 9.30 pm

A VIGIL for JUST PEACE


Meet in Room 102 in the Convention Center
Organized by DJAN, DPF, GLAD and others







Wednesday, July 12: 11.15 am – 12.45 pm
THE REV. SANDHYA JHA
- The Fear of Politics -

Room 115 in the Convention Center
Please bring your lunch to this event 
DC4PW in Partnership with DJAN at GA17









VISIT DJAN in the 
JUSTICE EXHIBIT AREA 
Booths 331, 333, 335, 337, 430, 432, 434, and 436

June 2, 2017

Letter Opposes Legislation that Repeals Medicaid Expansion

The Disciples Center for Public Witness joined other people of faith to oppose any legislation that repeals Medicaid expansion or institutes a Medicaid block grant or per capita cap. Read the letter below:

May 13, 2017

African American Clergy to Hold Press Conference on Community Response to Trump Administration; EPI Director Among Speakers

On Monday, May 18th, African American Clergy will gather in front of the United Methodist Building to respond to President Trump’s question to African American communities on the campaign trail: “What do you have to lose?”

Leaders from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Progressive National Baptist Convention and Church World Service will speak out on issues of police accountability, educational inequity, rising unemployment, increasing healthcare costs, and hateful speech and actions towards minorities and women.

Clergy will highlight in particular how Black communities have been crippled by the rollback of police oversight by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the move to privatize public education by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and the neglect of famine in Sudan and South Sudan. Faith leaders will unite to reject the President’s immoral policies that denigrate and destabilize African American communities.