Justice Corner

Justice Corner

Justice Corner is an opportunity for us to periodically share the latest activities and updates for the Justice Ministries of Pittsburgh Presbytery. For more information on those programs, please visit our Justice Ministries page.  If you would like to get involved, please contact Elder Ralph Lowe, Director of Justice Ministries.

The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) will host a virtual discussion next month with New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways and a host of community leaders and clergy from around the country to help churches build authentic relationships to fight poverty. Registration is open now for “The Struggle is Real! How the Church Can Understand Ways to Listen, Engage and Form Relationships with Communities to Eradicate Poverty.” The forum and dialogue session will take place via Zoom from 4 p.m. through 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Oct. 29.
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Panelist Biographies


In Times Like These We Need More Group Empowerment

It is not too late for you to STILL APPLY for a Self-Development of People Grant. At the local level we fund groups with a minimum of five or more (minimum of ten individuals need at Synod/National level). The September 10th Application Deadline has been extended until NOON, Monday September 27, 2021. Please REVIEW the SDOP Powerpoint; DOWNLOAD the Application; and SUBMIT Immediately to SDOP@PGHPresbytery.org.


Announcing the 2021 Coleman-Patrick Scholarship Recipient
The recipient of this year’s Coleman-Patrick Scholarship is Ms. Kiara Rockymore of East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Members of the Pittsburgh NBPC wish to express our sincere THANK YOU to all who contributed to the Scholarship Fund. This ministry emphasizes the importance of post-secondary education and encourages the youth in our communities.


Become a Lazarus Fund Church
The Lazarus Fund equips congregations in Pittsburgh Presbytery to provide direct financial support to their neighbors to help them avoid the disruption of eviction. Distributing this direct aid can be a significant ministry for congregations who feel called to serve people who are poor, and especially those churches who are committed to the Matthew 25 Initiative principle of eradicating systemic poverty. The Lazarus Fund leadership team is hoping that new churches will join the program for the summer to address the coming eviction crisis.


 


Giving Thanks – A True Win-Win

November 25, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, November 25, 2021 Giving Thanks – A True Win-Win  In his book Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey, A. J. Jacobs chronicles his year of seeking …


PNews 11/18/21

November 18, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Table Manners For Christians, participation in the Lord’s Table is an essential feature of an authentic church, something underscored by our Book of Order (F-1.0303). Whether in worship or at mealtime, we need to break bread together. The Lord’s Table …


Table Manners

November 18, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, November 18, 2021 Table Manners I remember well “table manners” being drilled into my young self. We studied “etiquette” in elementary school. How quaint, how antiquated! …


PNews 11/11/21

November 11, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Waters of Welcome Jesus’ final words to his disciples in Matthew are water words: Go and baptize! We baptize because Jesus told us to. But there’s more. Can Jesus’ diverse interactions with water disclose many other essential things for an …


Waters of Welcome

November 11, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, November 11, 2021 Waters of Welcome Water is often present in Jesus’ ministry. When we say that administering the sacraments rightly is an essential “note” of …


For All the Saints

November 4, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, November 4, 2021 For All the Saints Each year at our September meeting, our presbytery celebrates the saints of our number who have been promoted to …


PNews 11/4/21

November 4, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

For All the Saints Christians trust that death is no more the final word in our story than it was in Jesus’ story. This is why, in our Book of Common Worship, the funeral is called a service of “Witness …


PNews 10/28/21

October 28, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Created, Seen, Loved Loving your neighbor as yourself is not an easy task for any of us. There is a lot of division in the world today. But we should hold nothing above the love of God and the love …


Lenses

October 21, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, October 21, 2021 Lenses I wear vision lenses. They change my perception of the world. Wrong lenses would distort it, but the right ones clarify it. …


PNews 10/21/21

October 21, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Lenses Where we get our news determines and reinforces many of our political and cultural views. Our media lenses shape our values and our choices of conversation partners more than our scriptural lenses. This raises the basic question of which …