Advocacy & Social Justice

Open Hand Ministries offers tools and accompaniment to strengthen home ownership in the Steel City

Open Hand Ministries, a collaborative effort of four PC(USA) churches in Pittsburgh working to empower Black families living in the Steel City’s East End to build multi-generational wealth, was the featured organization last week on “A Matter of Faith: A Presby Podcast.” Open Hand Ministries’ executive director, Wayne Younger, explained to hosts Simon Doong and the Rev. Lee Catoe how churches can help to empower the communities in which they’re situated.

Collaboration stokes fire for faith-based advocacy

After a two-year hiatus, a collaboration between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Columbia Theological Seminary recently resumed with students traveling to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations (PMUN) and the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness (OPW) to learn about effective environmental advocacy.

Eliminating the prison industrial complex

A desire to see the prison industrial complex replaced with a more equitable and caring system has brought together a group of like-minded people who are having meetings and raising funds to be donated to organizations that work with incarcerated individuals and their families.

‘Prisoners are not slaves’

What keeps you hopeful?  That’s a question Presbyterian News Service posed to the Rev. Dr. Chris Hedges, Minister of Social Witness and Prison Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Hedges has been teaching courses in a college degree program offered by Rutgers University in the New Jersey prison system since 2013.

The thread of bondage

As they did earlier this year, three thought leaders in the Synod of the Sun joined their hearts, minds and voices this week while recording the most recent edition of Sunspots, the synod’s podcast. Listen to their conversation here.