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Peace and Justice Committee 2006 Activities

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  1. Conducted two adult seminars :
    a) Julie Erickson spoke about the Public Policy Advocacy Office, which represents the Presbytery of Baltimore to the Maryland General Assembly
    b) A representative from Bread for the World spoke about hunger and Policy issues facing the U.S. Congress and our Christian advocacy.
  2. Maintained a bulletin board in Fellowship Hall on which appeared information about health care, anti-torture resolutions, hunger and poverty, Fair Traded coffee, and Bread for the World.
  3. Distributed information at the Mission Fair on hunger and poverty issues.
  4. Presented two pulpit announcements :
    a) Cheryl Thurber spoke about the Millennium Goals and the One Campaign
    b) Ted Heun spoke about Bread for the World and hunger advocacy
  5. Hosted a forum sponsored by the Middle-East Task force of the Presbytery entitled “Children of Abraham: Why Can’t We All Get Along”
  6. Distributed a pamphlet about the religion and history of Islam as a follow up the The Middle East Forum.

ADVOCACY

  1. Maintained our “Covenant Church” relationship with Bread for the World ( annual donation of $250 is part of the church budget )
  2. Offering of Letters was conducted in April advocating that Congress fully fund its previous commitment to poverty focused development aid. This would support the Millennium Goals that the U.S. and the other major nations of the world have already approved.
  3. Committee members attended the monthly “Advocacy Days” at the Washington Office of the PCUSA. Among representatives’ offices that were visited : Cardin, Bartlett, Ruppersberger, Cummings, and Sarbanes.
  4. Distributed the booklet “Register Citizen Opinion: to session members and other interested individuals.

OTHER

  1. Dispersed the annual Peacemaking Offering, with the approval of the Session.
    a) $144.41 donated to the Washington Office of the PCUSA
    b) $50.00 donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center
  2. Conducted the sale of Fair Traded Coffee to the congregation.
  3. Reviewed with the Session the policy of “Mission Responsibility Through Investment.”
    Participated in the Strawberry Festival by :
    a) selling Fair Traded Coffee
    b) distributing the booklet, “Register Citizen Opinion”
    c) distributing information about health care.

     

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