Publications and periodicals
A Noteworthy Tradition
Presbyterians have always been deeply involvedin education The tradition began with John Calvin's support of free schools in Geneva, Switzerland,. and John Knox's concern that schools be provided for all children in Scotland Consistent with such beginnings has been the Presbyterian insistence on formally educated and scholarly clergy for all churches. Over many years, a learned clergy has attracted to Presbyterian churches persons who themselves are educated, who share a concem for schooling and have helped perpetuate educational interests
Detention Watch Network is pleased to offer this new resource for establishing immigration detention visitor programs -- a compilation of many members’ considerable expertise.
DWN members assist immigrants detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in many ways. Some are lawyers, social workers, or chaplains working directly with people in detention. Others are community organizers and advocates, working to change the policies and practices that violate the human rights of asylum seekers and other immigrants who come to this country seeking protection and life and that tear apart families and communities. Others are individuals and their families ...
Download Gracie's other adventures:
- The Little Fish with Invisible Wings (2006)
- Little Fish Finds her Name (2007)
- Gracie and the Two-Legged Fish (2008)
- Gracie's Treasure (2009)
- Gracie and the Sea Star (2010)
- Gracie Finds Joy (2011)
- Gracie and the Great Pearl (2012)
- Gracie and the Big Storm (2013)
- Gracie Becomes a Neighbor (2014)
- Gracie and the Food Desert (2015)
Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table Participants Book is a seven-session curriculum for congregations that explores the relationship between the way we eat and the way we live, published by the Presbyterian Hunger Program. The study uses scripture, prayer and stories from the local and global community to explore five key aspects of our relationship with food:
- the health of our bodies
- the challenge of hunger
- the health of the earth that provides our food
- the ways we use food to extend hospitality and enrich relationships
- the opportunities for action, renewal and transformation in our eating practices-as individuals ...
Immigrants, documented and undocumented, impact the labor market in the US and the US labor market impacts the rates of immigration which affect the price of goods and services in the US. The taxes that immigrants pay contribute to the overall economy of the US including social programs. Further, immigrants are more likely than US born individuals to open their own businesses and this supports US job creation. Many immigrants are highly skilled and bring technical expertise that furthers US scientific and technological innovations.
Non-profit organizations and faith based groups across the country help organize efforts to bring about change in US immigration laws, offer direct services to immigrants, and provide resources for individuals to undergird their efforts. Immigration is a national issue and requires the support and actions of people everywhere in order to be effective.
The northern and southern borders are the home to millions of people and the port of entry for nearly $830 billion of goods. Additionally over half of the visitors to the US arrive through the use of land ports of entry. While there is a need to protect the interests of the United States, the measures that have been enacted over the last decade have come at great social and economic costs.
Farms rely on immigrant labor to help plant, tend, and harvest the fruits and vegetables that are grown in the US. These are low-paying low skill jobs that historically US citizens have been hesitant to take. To help meet the needs of farmers, the US government has a temporary worker program known as the H-2A temporary foreign agricultural worker program. However, demand far outweighs the availability of these visas. There are three million agricultural jobs that are available each year. Yet in 2007 the Department of State issued 50,791 H-2A visas. The very limited number of visas available for ...
Individuals and families who flee their homes because of persecution, famine, or war are classified by the UN as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). However, if they manage to escape their country and enter another country, they become "refugees" and are protected by international law. These families and individuals often seek shelter in refugee camps where they are required to complete paperwork with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in order to be officially recognized as a refugee. They will have to wait, six years or more, to be resettled after their application is approved. The main countries participating in ...