“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all.” (Galatians 9:10)
This was a challenging and eventful year for justice advocacy. We know still more challenges await us in 2017, but one thing is certain – Our voices are needed now, more than ever, to uplift the common good and reflect God’s intention of justice, peace and the integrity of Creation.
Your work has made difference in 2016! Over the past 12 months UCC justice advocates, together with our partners, helped lay the groundwork for historic sentencing reform bill that we hope to pass in the next Congress. You successfully fought for a transparent, fair and sustainable approach to trade policy and defeated the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement. And you continue to stand in solidarity with Native American communities by opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Through the UCC Our Faith Our Vote campaign, you registered voters in some of our most marginalized communities, educated your community, and offered much-needed space for people to meet across differences and find common ground. The relationships you have built and the seeds you have planted will reach far beyond any one election cycle.
Drawing on your energy and input, and guided by the powerful witness of General Synod, we will continue to advance the bold, prophetic voice of the UCC in the public square in 2017. Looking ahead, we want to hear from you. What are the issues you feel most passionate about? What are you hearing in your local communities? In what ways do you hope to engage in justice advocacy in 2017? How can we support you?
Help the UCC Washington office chart its policy advocacy work for 2017. Take our survey and help us understand your priorities and passions and needs for the coming year.
As you contemplate your year-end giving, consider supporting the justice and advocacy work of the United Church of Christ with a donation. Your gifts make the work of the Justice & Peace Action Network possible!