Posts Categorized: Community Development

Disaster Capitalism & Food Imperialism in Puerto Rico

Scaling Up Agroecology in Puerto Rico By Andrew Kang Bartlett The Presbyterian Hunger Program is eager to support the expansion of agriculture that cools the planet, cares for God’s creation, and prioritizes the needs of producers and eaters. Agroecology is that approach and we are excited about the work of Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica… Read more »

Community Organizing Brings Affordable Housing to Elgin

folks with shovels breaking ground for the new affordable units Four percent of the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is used to address homelessness. The lack of affordable housing is one cause of homelessness as well as a root cause of hunger and poverty in the United States. Congregation-Based Community Organizing has a great track-record of successfully pushing towns, cities and counties to finance… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Revival of natural farming in Puerto Rico

This is the second part of a two-part series on Puerto Rico, Climate Change and Food. Part one can be found here. “Back to the Land” and Agroecology Jesús Vázquez Negron and I visited Ian Pagán Roig at Finca (farm) Josco Bravo in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, which is one of the three sites at… Read more »

PHP & Hunger Action Congregations Update

Dear Friends in Christ, On behalf of all of us at the Presbyterian Hunger Program, we send our greetings and best wishes for a wonderful new year. We hope it is full of love and joy, and full of faithful effort to bring us closer to God’s vision of the beloved community here on Earth…. Read more »

Much hope for a Green Future!

HENdrix quote Hope in our vision On this cold, rainy day in Poland, hope could be a rare commodity. But the beautiful efforts and creativity of others produces a kind of Commons that can help us find meaningful perspectives and actions that transcend material limitations (i.e. into the spiritual dimension). So – and I say this to… Read more »

Rural abundance core to justice, climate and food

Winners of Food Sovereignty Prize Heartland of the country This phrase conjures up images of farmers in red flannel shirts, combines, rich soil, and giant bundles of wheat. While this can still be found, the reality is often less Norman Rockwell. Decrepit barns, empty silos, abandoned mills and boarded-up Main Streets are common. Presbyterian Today’s Donna Jackson writes about how… Read more »

Rural abundance core to justice, climate and food

Heartland of the country This phrase conjures up images of farmers in red flannel shirts, combines, rich soil, and giant bundles of wheat. While this can still be found, the reality is often less Norman Rockwell. Decrepit barns, empty silos, abandoned mills and boarded-up Main Streets are common. Presbyterian Today’s Donna Jackson writes about how… Read more »