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40 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 | Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay BY SUE WASHBURN F aith is not just personal; it's political. Our leaders pass laws about how we treat one another, laws about money and finances, laws about how our resources are allo- cated and more. The Bible addresses these issues as well in Scriptures like the Ten Commandments, the parable of the sheep and the goats, Sabbath rules and Jesus' advice to the rich young ruler to sell his pos- sessions and give to the poor. To say the Bible and Jesus are not political is to deny their influence and relevance to our lives in the 21st century. While some Presbyterians prefer to keep their political views private, the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations are outward expressions of how the Presbyterian faith interacts with power. The offices take decisions made at General Assemblies and advocate on behalf of the denomination in two of the most influential cities on the planet — Washington, D.C., and New York City. As the director of the Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., Jimmie Hawkins gets on a train at 6 a.m. each weekday and heads into the nation's capital. On the way, he catches up on the latest news and COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC WITNESS Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Office of Public Witness, believes it is 'our job to witness our faith' in public and to work to better the lives of all. Ministry in the halls of power PC(USA) provides 'witness to our faith' in D.C. and at the U.N.

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