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November 29, 2021

In 1995, the PC(USA) Mission Responsibility Through Investment office wrote letters to insurers and re-insurers, asking after their exposure to climate change risk, and whether they would limit investment in fossil fuels. After a quarter of a century--and one name change, from MRTI to the Office of Faith-Based Investing and Corporate Engagement--the Church continues a strategy of outreach to corporations responsible for the rapid warming of Earth's atmosphere, and to those whose business models stand the...

June 30, 2021
Duty officers raise their hands in prayer at a Washington for Jesus rally, 1980. Source: RNS photo in Pearl.

Beginning in earnest in the 1980s, some Presbyterians began to engage with policing, prisons, and imprisoned people with the aim to radically transform the administration of punishment in the United States, to truly make out of a system of prisons a system of justice. General Assembly actions have tended, however, to palliate any potential offense...

June 17, 2020
Protesters fleeing tear gas, by Mike Shaheen, via Wikimedia Commons.

The police killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have sparked demonstrations around the country in defense of Black lives. Protesters have begun to mainstream police and prison abolition--ideas which the writers of Black liberation have developed over decades...

June 6, 2020

George Floyd was killed in the custody of Minneapolis Police on Monday, May 25, 2020. As American citizens have risen up against unjust policing over the past week, police have been overwhelmed by their numbers. In Philadelphia and elsewhere, states have deployed the national guard, and the decades-old power of the US Army to enforce civil order is a topic of conversation. Commentators have noted the double consciousness required of Black men who...

September 30, 2016

In recognition of PC(USA) Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson's recent visit to Colombia as part of an ecumenical delegation supporting the recent peace deal with the FARC, we'd like to present a snapshot of American Presbyterians' relationship with the people of Colombia.

Community nursing in Colombia, 16 March 1965

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