Getting to the Root of It

As part of our monthly Justice and Peace Action Network newsletter, we asked members of our staff to help us unpack the complex justice issues that we’re working on. Using our General Synod pronouncements as the basis for these reflections, we hope to provide insights into the issues you care about that are rooted in our shared faith, and can inform your advocacy efforts.

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Tax Day: A time to celebrate, lament, and (most of all) make a commitment to tax justice
April 1, 2014
April 2014. Edie Rasell, our Minister for Economic Justice, invites us to better understand how our taxes impact our communities, and commit to working for justice in our economic system.


Religious Liberty: Individuals, Corporations, and Reproductive Health
March 4, 2014
March 2014. Kristen Walling, our UCC Public Policy Advocate, reflects on the concept of religious liberty in light of recent Supreme Court cases related to reproductive heath and the Affordable Care act.


Legislative Priorities: Economic Inequality, Militarism & Voting Rights
February 5, 2014
February 2014. The staff from our UCC Washington office outlines their 2014 legislative priorities. Together they explore our call to address economic inequality, promote real human security, and work for a restoration of voting rights.


Thanks and Wishes for a Peaceful Holiday
December 12, 2013
December 2013. Christmas wishes from JWM Executive Minister, Rev. Linda Jaramillo.


The Doctrine of Discovery: Why it still Matters Today
November 1, 2013
November 2013. Elizabeth Leung, our Minister for Racial Justice, reflects on the Doctrine of Discovery - a theological document that originated in the early European church, and was (and is to this day) used as a legal basis for ignoring and invalidating claims to property by Native American Communities. Learn more about actions taken by General Synod 29 to address this injustice.


Heath insurance exchanges are opening – How can you help your neighbor?
October 1, 2013
October 2013. Yvonne Oliver, our Associate for Health Care Justice, updates us on the status of the Affordable Care Act and provides tips for how people of faith can act as resources for those in need of insurance through the new health care exchanges.


Sharing in God’s Abundance
August 1, 2013
August 2013. Edie Rasell, our Minister for Economic Justice, reflects on the role of taxes in our communities and General Synod’s recent call to advocate for a just tax system as a matter of Christian stewardship.


Why we still need affirmative action
June 3, 2013
June 2013. Elizabeth Leung, our Minister for Racial Justice, reflects on the importance of affirmative action in light of the pending Supreme Court Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas.


Tensions in Korea and the Need to Pursue Peace
May 1, 2013
May 2013. Derek Duncan, Associate for Global Advocacy and Education for our UCC/DOC Global Ministries reflects on rising tension on the Korean Peninsula.


Immigration, Migration & Our Call to Welcome All
May 1, 2013
May 2013. UCC Rev Mari Castellanos, our UCC Domestic Policy Advocate, offers a reflection on our call to work for immigration reform and the root causes of migration.


Mission 4/1 Earth and the Call to Earth Care

April 2013. UCC Rev. Meighan Pritchard, Pastor of Prospect Congregational UCC in Seattle and environmental justice advocate, illuminates our call to care for the earth and invites us to engage in the Mission 4/1 Earth Campaign.


Marriage Equality and the Supreme Court
March 6, 2013
March 2013. Michael Schuenemeyer, our Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy, provides us an in-depth look the issue of marriage equality and the major cases coming before the Supreme Court.


Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Legislative Review and Glimpse Ahead
February 1, 2013
February 2013. Sandy Sorensen, director of the UCC Washington office, offers a look at our 2012 advocacy and glimpse of what’s to come.


The Federal Budget Cliff-Hanger, the Sequel
January 15, 2013
January 2013. Edie Rasell, our Minister for Economic Justice, breaks down the impact of the fiscal cliff negotiations and the challenges to come as we work for a faithful federal budget.


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