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Community Organizing Energizes Largest African-American Church

CBCO assembly full of people Listening and Doing (James 1:22) By Deborah Agbor-Tabi When I joined St. James Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina, many things were new and fascinating.  St. James is the largest African American congregation in the denomination and has always been involved with the community in areas such as recreation and social events, working with the… Read more »

Backpack Buddies to Living Wages

food pantry pic Six years ago, Dottie Thaxton brought an idea to the mission committee of Clarksville Presbyterian Church (CPC), and a “Backpack Buddies” program was begun for children in their community.  The church soon realized that the problem of hungry students was larger than they alone could address.  So they joined hands with others and have seen… Read more »

Semillas de Justicia / Seeds of Justice Garden

Vivi Moreno explains community garden Vivi Moreno (in the four videos below) and Jorge Ortiz (right) are organizers with the Little Village Environmental Organization (LVEJO). They proudly showed PHP staff and advisory committee members the Semillas de Justicia (Seeds of Justice) community garden. These videos of Vivi give you the low-down on the garden, which has been going strong since… Read more »

Caring for Mind, Body and Soul at Broadstreet Presbyterian Church in Detroit

Written by Sharon Oglesby who manages the community garden at Broadstreet Presbyterian Church, serves on the presbytery Self-Development of People committee, and serves on the national advisory committee of Presbyterian Hunger Program   As a parent we want the absolute best for our child. We go through extraordinary lengths sometimes to make sure this happens…. Read more »

UPDATE for Hunger Action Congregations: May 2019

Dear Friends in Christ, Happy belated Easter. As we approach the summer, may we continue to practice resurrection! Since I last wrote you in mid-January, eleven churches have joined as Hunger Action Congregations. With the great support from Rev. Meg Overstreet in Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, Missouri has generated many new HACs! And we have our first… Read more »

Faith and your dinner plate

globe and web with climate justice or climate chaos printed on it Food choices help mitigate climate change Originally published in the Presbyterians Today March/April 2019 edition Choosing a protein for a meal is no easy task. Can you afford it? Is it good for you? If you have kids, will they eat it? Then there are the less common and more challenging questions: Was the earth… Read more »

Rural Revitalization Revelation!

Iowa celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a unique speech by Senator Bernie Sanders and Iowan farmers who called for an agricultural and rural transformation. “This is a game changer, a key paradigm change for the Farm and Food Movement and beyond,” said Presbyterian Iowa farmer, Brad Wilson. The Des Moines Register article led with: U.S…. Read more »

Grateful for you

By Rebecca Barnes, Coordinator of the Presbyterian Hunger Program To those living in famine in Africa and the Middle East, your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference. To widows learning how to fight for land titles to stay on their deceased husband’s land so they may continue to care for their… Read more »

National Ag Week: Focus on Climate

We’re winding down National Ag Week with this post on Agriculture and Climate. IATP provides a brief summary and some great resources below.  And speaking of resources, you can download our Food and the Climate Crisis poster/placemat right here. Stay tuned for the launch of PHP’s Climate Challenge this summer! From the Institute for Agriculture… Read more »

Happy National Ag Week: March 10-16

Yes, this week is National Ag Week, a recognition and celebration of agriculture in the United States. Throughout the week, our strategic partner in Minnesota, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) is sharing their excellent investigative work, analysis and campaigns to move toward a fairer and sustainable agricultural system in the U.S. and… Read more »