A hydroponic growing tower, part of the Urban Give Farms project hosted at Union Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Photo by Andrew Kang Bartlett, PHP
In the midst of major demographic, economic and social changes taking place in our metropolitan areas and cities, we want to lift up the work of many Presbyterians who are faithfully working for justice and peace, seeking the welfare of the city, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
“Commend the efforts of Presbyterians in city congregations and presbyteries that embody an urban Christian vision; who see the urban poor as clearly as the glittering skyscrapers; who seek to understand urban trends theologically and ethically; and who unite ministries of mercy and justice with evangelism, education, and cultural outreach, recalling our heritage of urban mission leadership and working to renew or build new worship communities grounded in a creative Reforming spirit.”
Regional teams are developing across the United States, working in partnership with other faith-based and community-based groups to support and resource one another, collaborate on similar issues/projects, and effectively address local metro urban issues.
If you are local to one of the following areas, you may contact the following people to ask about participating:
Baltimore, MD – Tanya Wade, Grace Presbyterian Church
Charlotte, NC – Flo Watkins, Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church
Chicago, IL – David Thornton, Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church
Cleveland, OH – Carmen Cox Harwell, St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Beachwood
Detroit – Kevin Johnson, Calvary Presbyterian Church
Kansas City, MO — Rev. Dr. Vernon Howard, St. Mark Union Church; and Rev. Eric Garbison, Presbyterian Urban and Immigrant Ministry Network of Heartland Presbytery
Los Angeles – Carlton Rhoden, Westminster Presbyterian Church
New York/Northern New Jersey – Bob Brashear, West Park Presbyterian Church
Philadelphia – Adan Mairena – West Kensington Ministry
Richmond, VA – Nelson Reveley
San Antonio, TX – Tom Heger
St. Louis, MO – Cedric Portis, Third Presbyterian Church
If you are interested in organizing a regional network in your metro/urban area or have questions about this initiative, please contact Phil Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Conferences/Training Events
Please check back for upcoming events.
Other sources of Urban Ministry Training
Urban’s mission is to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.
Educates and trains faith leaders to mobilize communities inter-racially, inter-culturally, and inter-religiously for justice, inclusivity and peace.
New York Theological Seminary
A diverse and inclusive community of learning grounded in biblical witness and Christian tradition, with a historic urban focus. The Seminary prepares women and men for faith-based ministries in the city and throughout the world.
Pittsburgh Metro Urban Institute
With more than 80 percent of all USA residents and 50 percent of the global population living in and around urban centers, the Metro-Urban Institute prepares Christian leaders for the challenges of urban contextual ministry.
Please see the specific scope and requirements for each grant, and use contact information that is provided by the entity offering the grant.
The Global Metropolitan Revolution
TED talk (video) by Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. “City power and problem solving are going to define this century the same way that national power and problem solving defined the last …. Embrace the metropolitan revolution.”
As gun violence escalates, Presbyterian churches are wrestling with how to keep worshipers safe without turning sanctuaries into fortresses. This very timely article explores what some congregations are doing to protect their flocks, and we offer many practical tips and resources to help you start a conversation or develop a safety and security plan.