Through the Public Witness Ministry of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches we…

  • empower people of faith, through education and skill-building, to make a difference for the common good in the public square;
  • advocate on behalf of the Council’s member church bodies before Pennsylvania’s legislative and administrative branches of government.

Please join us in helping to build a more just society! Sign up for our Newsletter–News and Action Summary.

Public Witness is one of several ministries of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. To learn more about the Council, visit the main website at www.pachurches.org.


We Mourn with Our Neighbors in Las Vegas

Read our statement



How you can help our neighbors impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria:

Faith-Based and Other Ways to Help Our Neighbors Affected by Hurricane Harvey & Irma
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Provides Places to Help Those Affected by Harvey & Irma (& Maria)
Contribute to Florida Organizations Offering Hurricane Irma Relief
Ways to Provide Help to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

Please join us to learn more about the “School-to-Prison Pipeline”

A Trauma Informed School to Prison Pipeline Presentation—October 27, Williamsport


Please join us to learn more about faithful advocacy and to make the case for “Clean Slate” legislation in Pennsylvania!

Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform: Principles and Practice
October 28/November 3, Harleysville


A Statement on the Events in Charlottesville, VA
and Addressing Ideologies of Hate


Act now to stop anti-immigrant/refugee actions in Washington–visit our Take Action page and see “Urgent Actions”



Speaking Out in Pennsylvania—We Need Your Support!
Please consider a generous contribution to support this ministry!


What is Gerrymandering–and why is it a problem? Learn more from Jerry Mandering at Fair Districts PA…


 Check out our new Guest Blog


Priorities for 2017-2018 legislative session

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Upcoming Healing Communities Training 


Council Statements

The Board of Directors adopted two new resolutions at its April 2017 meeting:

To see all of the Council’s Statements and Resolutions, click here.


Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice and Peace–Watch the video


Most recent News and Action Summary! (subscribe)

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Please Support Our Ministry

Support for the Council’s Public Witness Ministry is always welcome! Go to our online support page to make a contribution.

Updated 10/13/17