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Justice

Pres House wishes to acknowledge its buildings sit on the traditional, ancestral homelands of the Ho-Chunk people and honor the long heritage and living legacy of Native Americans here in the Madison (Four Lakes) area.

What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

This page compiles some of our writing, preaching, and other resources related to justice. Our commitment to justice at Pres House is not compartmentalized as you’ll see below; rather, we strive to integrate it into every aspect of our life together.

As you explore, know that we invite you to join us in doing what God requires of us: “to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.”

Pres House is an open and affirming community. This means LGBTQ+ folks are fully embraced as part of our community. We celebrate queer identities and experiences, draw on the richness of queer theology in our preaching, and welcome queer folks to lead in worship, serve on our Council, and otherwise shape our life together.

We strive to make Pres House a space where folks can heal from trauma connected to their gender or sexuality. We want our home to be one where you are free to question, explore, and ultimately flourish.

Queer Resources at Pres House

Queerly Beloved is our weekly gathering for queer, questioning, and curious students. QB is on pause for the summer, but we’ll share the schedule and more details here soon.

*** Becca Bedell left the Pres House team in May 2022 for a new adventure in Corvallis, OR. We have since welcomed Manato Jansen (he/him) as the Associate Director of Residential Community at Pres House Apartments. Manato identifies as queer and facilitates both Queerly Beloved and FACETS.

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White supremacy is an insidious form of evil, woven into our nation’s history from the very beginning. It is killing BIPOC, and it will eventually kill all of us. As Christians living in America, we inherit and participate in this legacy, and we must commit ourselves to dismantling it.

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Whitewashing Jesus (Matthew 21:1-11) ~ Nii Addo Abrahams | Listen

This sermon is part of our 2021 Lenten series, “Decolonizing Christianity, Encountering Jesus.”

“What About Buddha, Gandhi, and that Wiccan Priest?” (Luke 10:25-37) ~ Rev. Erica Liu | Listen

This sermon is part of our 2021 Lenten series, “Decolonizing Christianity, Encountering Jesus.”

Reflections on James Cone ~ Nii Addo Abrahams

The late James Cone was a Black American theologian who is widely regarded as one of the founding figures of Black liberation theology.

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Practicing Holy Friction ~ Rev. Erica Liu

The Pres House Ten

Compiled in 2020, this playlist of ten resources is an invitation to sustained antiracist activism. We plan to release a new Pres House Ten in 2023.

Reflections from Break With a Purpose 2022: The Setting | The Mess | Come, Lord Jesus (A Scriptural Collage) | Presence | Untitled Poem | Moments of Grace

Our 2022 Break With a Purpose trip was to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, where we spent a week offering hospitality to Afghan refugees waiting to be resettled around the country.

Stop AAPI Hate ~ Rev. Erica Liu

A Litany for George Floyd ~ Nii Addo Abrahams

We address a lot of topics at Pres House, and not everything fits neatly into a category. Here are some additional resources on topics like gun rights, bodily autonomy, climate change, and more.

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The Long Arc of Hope (Esther 1:1-2:4) ~ Rev. Erica Liu

a sermon on sexual assault

Resurrection Imagination (Revelation 6:12-17) ~ Nii Addo Abrahams | Listen

a sermon on climate change and creation care

Repentance and Lavish Love (Mark 1:4-11) ~ Rev. Erica Liu | Listen

a sermon responding to the January 6 insurrection

Remember Hagar (Genesis 16:1-16) ~ Nii Addo Abrahams | Listen

a sermon on patriarchy and privilege

Walking in the Path of Jesus (Isaiah 2:2-4, Luke 6:27-31) ~ Rev. Deanna Hollas, National Presbyterian Minister of Gun Violence Prevention

a sermon on gun violence

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We’re not experts on everything. But we’re happy to provide some of our favorite external resources on topics we think are too important to overlook.

Abortion Access in Wisconsin Post Roe ~ Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

gun violence prevention, accompaniment in Colombia & at U.S.-Mexico border, Palestinian rights, climate justice & fossil fuel divestment

Police Abolition ~ The Marshall Project

If you have experienced racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any form of discrimination and are looking for someone to talk to, Pres House staff and student leaders are available. CONTACT US >>

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