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Peacemaking Ministry Team

The PEVA PEACEMAKING MINISTRY TEAM inspires, equips and mobilizes PEVA congregations and members to work for peace, social and environmental justice.

International
Peacemaker Visit 

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The Peacemaking
Ministry Team
WILL NOT BE HOSTING
Peacemaker
  Mabuchi Ndhlovu 
from Zambia.
Cancelled Due to U.S. Visa Issues 
IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS
OR QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT
Rev. Alex Creager

VIRGINIA BILLS 

HELP ADOVATE!

Paid Sick Days – 5 paid sick days for full-time employees, or a pro-rated share for part-time employees for all VA businees 5 or more.

Wage Theft Reform - Creating a “Private Cause of Action” and strengthening DOLI (Dept. of Labor & Industry), 
 
Predatory Lending Reform – comprehensively reform payday & auto title lending like Ohio & Colorado.
 

 

Peacemaking Grants
Available 

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If you or your church are seeking funds for peacemaking related ministries or activities PEVA's Peacemaking Ministry Team has grants available.

 


CLICK HERE FOR GRANT APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES

Human Trafficking

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How serious is HUMAN TRAFFICKING? How much does your congregation know about Human Trafficking?An estimated 800,000 people, of which 80% are women and up to 50% are minors that are trafficked across national borders. CLICK HERE FOR A TOOLKIT FOR ACTION
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Immigrants, Refugees & Sanctuary

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Resources from Presbyterian Mission and OGA  A couple of new resources have been released by Presbyterian Mission and the OGA in the last few days. Please pass them along to church leaders and members.  "We Choose Welcome!" campaign, allowing Presbyterians to express commitment to welcoming refugees and immigrants in our communities. Read about downloadable/printable yard signs and an action guide here: www.presbyterianmission.org/we-choose-welcome 
 The Genesis of Exodus
, a new interactive online resource, offers a wealth of background and tools to help Presbyterians and others understand and respond to immigration issues. At the end of this “storymap” is a section describing what congregations and individuals can do to become involved in the movement. 

 

Wear Orange

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Why wear ORANGE? On or around the 25TH of EVERY MONTH WEAR ORANGE to raise awareness and advocate for change.  Wear orange to promote awareness of the violence that confronts women and girls worldwide. The act of wearing orange is so simple, but promotes and creates awareness on such an important message.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE 

 

 

Racial Justice & Antiracism Resources

 

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The resources listed below can be useful for Sunday school classes and other small groups that are interested in studying and discussing racism, racial justice, and anti racism work. The resources are also helpful for individuals who are open to new thinking about race in America. Please share with PEVA's Racial Dialogue Team anything you’ve found about racial issues that provokes thought, discussion, and action.  Resources on Racial IssuesResources for Racism Education, Resources for Racism Education for Children, Waking up White Study GuideFacing Racism Antiracism Study GuidePossible Next Steps on the Antiracism Journey PCUSAFacing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community  You may also subscripe to Facing Racism updates at
https://facing-racism.pcusa.org/ 

Center for the Study of Religious Freedom

Through high-impact learning experiences, the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom informs, transforms, and equips individuals to be engaged leaders and citizens, as they increasingly understand why religious freedom is a basic human right of daily significance.  Since the late 1700s, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom has shaped Hampton Roads. PEVA's Peacemaking Ministry Team supports the efforts of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and building bridges and fostering a dialogue of inclusiveness.

No Guns in God's House

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For 50 years the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has supported reasonable gun laws to reduce murders, accidents, suicides and injuries. The Presbyterian General Assembly, the denomination’s highest body, has urged churches to post “No Guns in God’s House” signs as a public witness to the need to reduce gun violence. The goal is that 100 churches post this sign, study about this issue, promote constructive theological dialogue, education and awareness about gun violence and to confront the fears and anxieties that can prevent us from entering into healthy debate about what many Christians feel is too political an issue to address in church.  Download the free PDF sign to print for your congregation, Download & print the PDF brochure.  The Peace Fellowship has published a new Gun Violence Prevention Congregational Toolkit
CLICK HERE FOR TOOLKIT
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PDA- Stand in the Gap

pdalogosidebluewithtaglargeGIVE BY TEXT: Text PDA to 20222. This provides $10 to support disaster response where needed most.  Designate your gift Give to a disaster or relief project of your choice.

ACT - STAY INFORMED- Sign up to receive PDA RIN (Rapid Information Network) emails to be aware of current responses and urgent needs you can share with your congregation.  Email PDA to request the complimentary Mission Mosaic by mail to read stories of disaster recovery around the world in magazine format.  VolunteerWork teams  or PEVA's Disaster Recovery Planning Team (DRPT) are groups of volunteers (three or more) who help to clean up and rebuild disaster-affected areas throughout the United States.  PDA volunteers are individuals with specific skills who serve as members of various teams to help PDA in its mission of disaster response both nationally and internationally.

Assemble Gift of the Heart Kits, an excellent hands-on project for youth groups, Presbyterian Women and others who want a tangible way to be involved. The most frequently needed kits in a disaster are the School kit, Health kit and Layette kit.
 
Get involved in a U.S. Growing Project- Start or participate in a community growing project in the United States. Raise money to fund overseas food security programs that are helping people help themselves. Explore the Foods Resource Bank.
 
PRAY - OUR BEST RESPONSE IS PRAYER.  Pray for the people whose lives were directly affected by a disaster in their community, pray for the relief workers and those who are offering assistance, and pray that hope will be found out of the chaos of disasters.
 
 

PC(USA) PDA Responds to Puerto Rico

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance remains committed to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico through Hurricane Maria recovery in addition to the January 2020 earthquakes.  Before the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit, PDA staff was processing an initial grant in the aftermath of the recent earthquakes before. PDA also had two staff members on the island the week of Jan 6th, 2020, they are safe and will continue to assess some of the affected areas.  Gifts to support the response can be designated to DR000015.   All funds sent to the Presbytery office will be forwarded to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in one lump sum. Gifts can also be made online at http://pda.pcusa.org/page/give/by phone at (800) 872-3283.    PEVA will share updates as PDA shares, but with power out on the whole island, updates may be few and far between. Please join us as we continue to pray for Puerto Rico.   Stay informed with PDA on FacebookTwitter, and download resources, and share updates with your congregation. Pray for the people impacted; for the first responders who put themselves in harm’s way to care for others; for the communities; and for God’s sustaining grace through it all.