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, and criminal justice reform.

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, and the Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention.

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.

Members

Gay Lee Einstein, moderator

Liz Hulme Adam

Louie Andrews

Ashley Diaz Mejias

​Matthew Messenger

Dorothy Piatt

Lauren Ramseur

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.

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Pictured: Presbyterians (and others) in action, reminding parents to store guns unloaded and locked, and to make sure that their children are gun-safe when visiting relatives and friends.

PPW connects Presbytery of the James with

Virginia Interfaith Center

Contact: Kim Bobo

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Dismantling Racism: Building Beloved Community Ministry

Contact: Darren Utley

Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention

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Resources

PC(USA) Office of Public Witness
information about the public policy and advocacy work of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

"And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Micah 6:8