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April 9, 2016

The Washington Interfaith Staff Community (WISC) met for its annual planning retreat last week at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC. More than 80 faithful advocates representing a wide range of interfaith justice groups met to discuss advocacy successes from 2015 and plan ahead for 2016. Last week's retreat gave special attention to Islamophobia in the United States, the toxic rhetoric and violence we are witnessing in the current campaign cycle, and what these realities mean for our work as peacemakers and people of faith.

The Disciples Center for Public Witness actively participates in many of the WISC working groups on a variety of social justice concerns. Working in a richly ecumenical and interfaith context helps to coordinate our organizing and advocacy strategy and to amplify our message on Capitol Hill. Our recent efforts have been particularly focused on anti-racism, anti-poverty, anti-torture, worker rights, immigration reform, criminal justice reform, health care, and care for God's creation. We also prioritize issues related to both religious liberty and public education.

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