The NDPC Peace & Justice team meets on the second Sunday of each month. Learn more about how you can support our work advocating for justice by emailing [email protected].
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
The Peace & Justice Committee has identified 9 priority issues for education and action over the next 18 months:
- Sex trafficking
- Gun violence
- Human rights / LGBTQ
- Immigration and refugees / Sanctuary movement
- Mental health
- Nuclear weapons
- Peacemaking and reconciliation / Interfaith dialogue
- Criminal justice & racial justice
Strategies for each issue, outlined by the committee at its August 5th planning meeting, can be found here. We hope you will join us! To help in any way, large or small, please contact P&J chair Carol Tveit, at [email protected]
Call to Action: Click on the link above to read the strategies for each P & J issue. Select an area that you have an interest in, volunteer to serve or get educated about and share with NDPC members.
Presbyterians for a Better Georgia
Presbyterians for a Better Georgia is an organization of several churches within the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta which seeks to support public policy serving “…the least of these” (Matthew 25: 40). Specific state legislation focuses are common sense laws to ensure the health and safety of our youth, provide healthcare for Georgians and care for the indigent, and reduce gun violence. It is our privilege to work in coordination with Elizabeth Appley who represents PBG to communicate our concerns to the Georgia Legislature.
Get InvolvedAudra Grace • [email protected]
We value the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our brothers and sisters or otherwise identified souls in the LGBTQ community. We celebrate the diversity of individual self-expression and seek to honor the Imago Dei present within everyone. It is our aim in celebrating Atlanta Pride to continue advocating for the LGBTQ community to reduce stigma and call for recognition and respect of human dignity for every individual regardless of gender identification, sexuality, relationship preference or partner status.
NDPC Public Policy Spotlight
Each quarter, the NDPC Peace & Justice Committee shines a light on a single important public policy issue. Our goals include raising awareness, lifting prayers, and offering action opportunities through partner organizations.
Friends of the Peacemaking Partnership
Friends of the Peacemaking Partnership: Meet and hear from the PC(USA) International Peacemaker, Dr. Mary Mikhael from Syria, who will be visiting Atlanta in October. Dr. Mikhael was the first woman to become President of a seminary in the Middle East, having served as president of Near East School of Theology (NEST) in Beirut Lebanon from 1994-2011. In 2012 she was appointed by the Presbyterian Synod of Syria and Lebanon to interpret the church’s ministry among Syrian displaced and refugees. In this capacity, she serves as a communicator with partner churches In the United States and Europe. She is a sought-after lecturer and writer of countless articles related to theology and the position of women in the church. In 2010 she wrote the Presbyterian Women’s Bible study, Joshua: A Journey of Faith. Mary has served on many boards and committees including the Theological Committee of the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches, the World Day of Prayer and the Fellowship of the Least Coin. The 2018 International Peacemaker visit is co-sponsored by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church and the Peacemaking Partnership of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.Questions? Contact Karen Turney [email protected]. Her schedule is as follows:
- October 5,Morning – Friday, 7:27 a.m. She will speak at the Men’s Breakfast at Trinity Presbyterian Church Atlanta, 3003 Howell Mill Rd NW (women welcome as well), $7.00, no reservation needed.
- October 5,Evening – Friday evening, 7:30 p.m. – program at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 W. Peachtree Street N.E., Atlanta – Fifield Hall, no charge.
- October 6,Evening – Saturday evening, 6:00 p.m. – potluck dinner and program at Shallowford Presbyterian Church Youth Center, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta. Bring a dish to share and RSVP to Karen Turney, [email protected]
- October 7 – Sunday morning, she will preach at the two morning services at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta.
- October 8 – Monday – 12:15 pm lunch at Columbia Theological Seminary, 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur – Ellis Room in Richards Center – $8.25 – rsvp to Karen Turney, [email protected]
Joining Hands for Justice & Peace in Israel and Palestine
In partnership with the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, we seek to bring an end to the occupation and exploitation of the Holy Land by applying Christ’s teachings through prayer, advocacy, and education.
Get InvolvedBert Weaver • [email protected]
P&J Focus Issues
Gun Safety, LGBTQ Support, and Mental Health awareness are some of the causes we are committed to supporting in our community. We offer education, advocacy, and financial assistance to bring awareness to these concerns.
To learn more about some of the organizations we support, click on the links to their websites.
Get InvolvedKathleen Allen • [email protected]
The 25 percent of this offering that is retained by our congregation and managed through the Peace and Justice Committee goes to benefit our partner in ministry, El Refugio, a hospitality house outside the gates of the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA. El Refugio provides a place to stay for families visiting loved ones at Stewart, the Southeast center for immigrant detainees.