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February 12, 2017

Christian defense of Obamacare goes viral.  Read more here:

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January 27, 2017

Disciples Intern Reflects on Participation in the Women's March

Last Saturday, I joined millions of women, men, and children walking in the Women’s March. From Washington D.C., to London, to Cape Town, to Oakland (where I marched), we raised our collective voice to demand dignity and respect for women, Muslims, immigrants, LGBQTI+, disabled people, and people of color.

My decision to march was largely rooted in my Christian faith, which teaches me that God is on the side of the vulnerable, the oppressed, and the marginalized. After only a few minutes at the march, it was clear I was not the only one motivated to be there by faith. I saw women wearing hijabs, a sign referencing Wiccan beliefs, and a group of Jews from a local synagogue gathering around a table for their weekly Shabbat service.

Images from DJAN activists at Women's Marches

From coast to coast, DJAN activists and supporters participated in Women's marches, peacefully protesting Trumpism and publicly affirming the equal rights of all people. See the photos below.

From NRCAT: Faith Leaders Make Case Against Torture as Mike Pompeo Voted in as CIA Director

In a recent op-ed in The Christian Post, Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, laid out the Christian case against torture and stressed the importance of the fact that while under oath, Trump Administration nominees stood opposed to torture. During his confirmation hearings, CIA Director nominee Mike Pompeo made clear his view that torture is illegal.

From RIM: STAND WITH IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN THIS TIME OF CRISIS


Executive Orders which will deeply impact the lives and freedoms of refugees and immigrants, both inside and outside the U.S., have just been released today, and more are anticipated to be released tomorrow from the White House. Today's announcements focused on border security and interior immigration issues, and refugee related announcements are expected to be announced Thursday. Please stay tuned, and we'll continue to provide updates!
 
Two immigrant related announcements have been made. The first announced additional wall building along the U.S. southern border, and promised the payment for the wall will ultimately be reimbursed by Mexico-though U.S. taxpayers will pay initially. The "Catch and Release" program will be ended, meaning there will be mandatory detention at the border of families and children seeking protection, and additional Customs and Border Protection officials will be added. The second order announced aggressive interior enforcement policies, and requested the Director of Homeland Security to "strip federal grant funds from Sanctuary Cities;" thereby seeking to force local police to serve as federal immigration agents. Such actions will further increase fear of separation among so many immigrant families living and working among us. 
 

January 13, 2017

From Disciples Home Missions: Act Now to Protect Healthcare & Medicaid

The Senate is planning to pass a budget that will begin the process of repealing the ACA as soon as JANUARY 11. This is the first step in taking health care away before having a plan to replace it.

There is also talk about proposed changes to the Medicaid program to have it funded through block grants or per capita caps. Read below to learn more about how each of these possibilities would be detrimental to the disability community should they come to fruition and be sure to follow our Call To Action!

January 8, 2017

Upcoming Action Opportunities to Help Refugees and Immigrants

Refugee and Immigration Ministries, a ministry of Disciples Home Missions in partnership with the Disciples Center for Public Witness and the Christian Church Capital Area, is offering action opportunities to help immigrants and refugees:

Hello, friends—

I REALLY hope you and others can join our Webinar THIS Monday from 4-6 p.m. Eastern—and might also feel led to engage in some of the other ways to support refugees and immigrants included in the news below! For those who are Disciples or UCC, we’ll be having breakout conversations during a portion of the webinar for planning and strategizing. Also, all other participants will engage in conversations by group or region as well!

BEFORE THE OATH OF OFFICE IS TAKEN: Statement By Major Christian Organizations on President-Elect Trump’s Policy Agenda and Political Appointments

As our nation prepares for the Presidential Inauguration, we do so with the lasting residue of a divisive election season and an even more fractured past. Our faith teaches us to be ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-21). That is why we urge President-Elect Donald Trump, who has said he shares our Christian faith, to take seriously his responsibility to bring our nation together and to heed the oath he will take to preserve, protect and defend America. He can start this work before the oath of office is taken with his policy agenda and political appointments.

Together, we represent millions of Christians in the U.S. who believe in the power and possibility of healing and unity for our nation. We have grave concerns about a proposed policy agenda that, if enacted, would put the most vulnerable among us in jeopardy. Throughout Christian scriptures we are instructed to care for the poor and the most vulnerable. The Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, has given more than 30 million people access to affordable health coverage. While working to improve the ACA will benefit all Americans, repealing it without simultaneously offering a replacement is reckless and unnecessarily endangers the health of millions of people. This is certainly no way to make America great.

December 30, 2016

Gathering at Standing Rock: A Message from Disciples Minister Dave Bell from the Yakama Mission

Good Day All,

Well, here we are only days from gathering in Standing Rock! We come together at an interesting moment. The current success of holding off the pipeline crossing at Standing Rock and the victory yesterday of having Bears Ears become a National Monument! Neither should be taken lightly, for your work and voice has helped bring them both about! I so look forward to meeting many of you for the first time and hugging those of you whom I have had the good fortune to call friend and neighbor for years!

There are twelve of us on this gathering. Far more than I imagined would make this trip! Thank you for making this a part of you life!

December 2, 2016

Letter to Congress: Protect the Arctic Refuge

The Disciples Center for Public Witness joined its ecumenical partners in calling on members of Congress to protect the Arctic Refuge by designating its Coastal Plain as Wilderness:

November 25th, 2016

Dear member of Congress,

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a special place in God’s creation that stands alone in its unique wildness, ecological integrity, beauty, spiritual significance, and recreational opportunities. As religious organizations representing millions of people in the United States, we supported President Obama’s Wilderness recommendation for the Arctic Refuge in January 2015, and urge you to act on this important recommendation by co-sponsoring legislation that would permanently protect the Arctic Refuge’s Coastal Plain for future generations.

November 4, 2016

Disciples Standing in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux

Disciples Justice Action Network (DJAN) fully endorses the following statement and call to action prepared by David B Bell, Minister for Indigenous Peoples Concerns, Yakama Christian Mission, and William Blue Eagle McCutchen, Co-moderator of Landscape Mending and Minister for Blue Eagle Wellbriety Ministries:

Disciples Standing in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux

For months, the Standing Rock Sioux have prayerfully challenged Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction across Sioux sacred sites and the Missouri River. During these months, the Standing Rock has learned DAPL is willing to bring a militarized response to their nonviolent challenge.

October 22, 2016

Disciples Joining UCC in Generation Green Effort


A new collaborative endeavor of youth from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been launched. As part of this endeavor, youth groups from across the country will adopt a specific month during which they will create social media posts that raise awareness about climate change and encourage action. As a result of a recent name contest, the name of this joint denominational project is Generation Green. For the full article, click here.

Disciples Join Interfaith Partners in Signing a Statement in Support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe


Green Chalice and many other faith traditions and organizations joined together to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's defense of their natural resources, lifeways, and culture in front of the path of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. 180 tribes joined together at Standing Rock to protect their water and sacred sites with an outpouring of support by peoples across the nation that have included demonstrations, funding, and direct witness at the site. For the statement of support, click here.

Climate Change and Voting


This election is critical in determining how our country will respond to the climate crisis and the commitments we made to the rest of the world in Paris. For the full Interfaith Power and Light 2016 voter guide, click here.

UCC Offers Free Curriculum on White Privilege


White Privilege: Let's Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue is an adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that's designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race. For the free, downloadable resource in PDF format, click here.

Harmful Policy Riders Threaten to Derail Final Federal Spending Deal


NLIHC has joined the Clean Budget Coalition—a group of more than 100 organizations—to urge Congress and the White House to reject harmful poison pill policy riders that could prevent lawmakers from enacting a final full-year spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, putting vital investments in affordable housing at risk. Sign onto the Clean Budget Coalition letter urging Congress and President Obama to pass full-year spending bills without harmful policy riders or visit here.