THE PUBLIC POLICY WITNESS MINISTRY encourages clergy and congregations to engage in public policy advocacy at the local and state levels. We seek to facilitate participation in the ministry of doing justice by bearing constructive witness to policies that help everyone have access to what they need to thrive, such as affordable health care, safety and prevention of gun violence, living wages, and accessible public transportation.
Our work is rooted in the scriptural call to do justice proclaimed in passages like Deuteronomy 10:14-19, Isaiah 58:1-12, Matthew 25:31-46, and Micah 6:6-8. We presently participate in the advocacy ministries of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention, and the Isaiah Project.
We organize information, encouragement, and connection for church members and clergy to get involved in the work of these organizations advocating for systematic justice at local and state levels.
The Public Policy Witness Ministry promotes advocacy on issues of justice and compassion, providing education and training to empower individuals and congregations to take action and to speak Christ’s truth in the arena of public policy.
PPW connects Presbytery of the James with
VIRGINIA INTERFAITH CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY
The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy envisions a world where people of all faiths cooperate to create compassionate communities that are just, peaceful, equitable and sustainable. To make this vision a reality, we create space for Virginians to manifest social justice for all by advocating for systemic change. We unite people of faith in Virginia. Through partnerships with other statewide non-profit advocacy organizations and our own grassroots networks, we empower faithful advocates to learn about the issues challenging our communities; pray for guidance and discernment; and act to make Virginia a more just and compassionate Commonwealth.
Kim Bobo, Executive Director
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
The Isaiah Project is an initiative of faith communities and clergy across metro Richmond to pray, educate, organize, and advocate for regional public transportation. Participants in the Isaiah Project bear witness to the mutual prosperity, constructive relationships, educated diversity, justice, and hope for the future that regional transit would afford neighborhoods throughout our region. Volunteers and partners are always welcome to join in this regional movement.
CHARLOTTESVILLE COALITION FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
The Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention engages in a variety of activities to raise awareness of gun violence issues and to support programs designed to reduce the incidence of gun violence in our state. In recent months CCGVP’s many initiatives have included sponsoring and participating in the ASK Day event; advocating directly with state legislators on gun violence issues; and supporting the institution of “gun free” policies in retail stores and housing units in the Charlottesville area. Learn more about preventing gun violence in our homes, churches, and communities by reaching out to CCGVP.
Gay Lee Einstein
"And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."