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Recognizing that all gifts come from God and are to be shared, we will share financial, building, time and other resources to create fair access and to right historical harms.
- Connect to and support directly one of our grantee partners working on eradicating systemic poverty in their own location through looking at the One Great Hour of Sharing map to find a group you may wish to learn more about and support.
- Consider how you can practice Mission Responsibility Through Investment with your own congregation’s investments, and to see what kinds of social and sustainability screens are recommended when considering our investments.
- Share your volunteer time and/or your building space with community organizations
- Consider what reparations might look like in your area.
Share Action Suggestions
- Plan and then host congregational asset-mapping to know what assets you have to share in the community
- Use the Alban Institute worksheet for congregational asset-mapping.
- Consider using a version of asset-mapping to map assets in the community as well, and to see what ways your congregation can companion, with cultural humility, for co-development (concepts in the book “Freeing Congregation Mission” by Farrell & Khyllep)
- Take the IDI to help me mindful and reflective of issues of diversity, equity, and justice in relationships and plans https://idiinventory.com/
- Volunteer in the community to address community needs: hunger, education, access to transportation, employment, hunger, tutoring, providing meals, offer space for community organizations and needs as appropriate
- If needed, use a mission discernment resource, such as “Finding Your Mission Focus” presbyterianmission.org/ministries/world-mission/mission-resources/mission-toolkits/mission-committee-toolkit/mission-committee-toolkit-learn/.
- Host or support a Summer Food Service Program https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program
- Start or participate in a community garden or host a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); Learn more in Food Sovereignty for All – presbyterianmission.org/resource/food-sovereignty-all
- Support a feeding program with volunteers and/or financial support, or run one yourself. Soup kitchen – endhungerinamerica.org/publications/mission-possible/. Food pantry – networks.whyhunger.org/. Other: Meals on Wheels, Backpack Program, etc
- Share information about how community members can connect with food, housing, health and emergency service providers. Visit 211.org or call 211; or gather and share a resource list of providers in your own community.
- Give to restorative efforts, organizations, and movements to end poverty and build communities of well-being in your area or through PCUSA
- https://restorativeactions.org/ will receive the General Assembly offering, recommended by co-moderators
- Special Offerings support communities and people in particular situations of need
- World Mission global initiatives on poverty alleviation
- Community organizations and social movements in your area
To see resources and action steps for other spiritual disciples of eradicating poverty and building communities of well-being, click on one of the other practices. To return to the overall Matthew 25 Eradicating Systemic Poverty page, click here.