Social Justice & Peacemaking Ministering Unit

Social Justice & Peacemaking at College Hill Church
The objective of the Social Justice and Peacemaking Ministering Unit is to involve the congregation in carrying out the General Assembly’s call for peacemaking and to promote social justice in our community and around the world.  
 
Major activities include sponsoring forums on significant social justice issues; maintaining an advocacy role on social justice and peace issues with government officials; participating in city-wide events such as the Third Street Bridge gathering and other peacemaking activities at the local and denominational church levels.
 
Please join us!  We meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM in the main conference room (Room 104).

Social Justice and Peacemaking annual report excerpts

  • What is the primary goal and purpose of your ministering unit?

 

Our primary goal is to carry out the Bible’s call for justice, peace and loving relationships between people.

 

  • What specific objectives were to be accomplished this past year?

 

We sought to expand the Church’s understanding of and commitment to social justice and peacemaking, and to engage the community in action.

 

  • What significant achievement did your ministering unit accomplish this year?
  1. We welcomed Rev. Dr. Young as the church’s new pastor, with his commitment to social justice issues. We said goodbye to the interim pastor Rev. Zuercher thanking him for promoting social justice issues in many ways.
  2. We looked at the church’s hunger ministry and did the following:
  1. We recommended that the church revise its FISH offering, collect it as a first fruits offering on the first Sunday;
  2. Some of us volunteered at the nearby Fairview United Methodist Church food pantry;
  3. We cosponsored the Catholic Social Justice event with Monsigneur Ray East, who spoke on “Ministering in the Mercy Mode” promoting love of all neighbors. .
  4. We sponsored letters to legislators as part of Bread for the World Offering of Letters Campaign.
  5. We promoted the Crop Walk;
  6. We followed developments to combat the food desert in our area such as the community gardens on Salem Ave. and the beginnings of a food cooperative.
  1. We provided blank forms on which people could write letters to federal and state legislators to express their concerns.
  2. We participated in local activism in the Dayton area including
  1. LEAD organization in favor of bus service for people with disabilities at the Dayton Mall and educational issues. This year LEAD will work on mental health issues and Economic Development as well. A film “Free to Ride” was made and shown concerning LEAD’s successful effort to bring bus service to Beavercreek.
  2. Miami Valley Organizing Collaborative concerning various issues of housing, youth, Daytonians Against War Now, Opposition to the Death Penalty, The One Human Family effort.
  1. We promoted a sister church relationship with Presbyterian Church in Columbia. Several of us journeyed to Columbia in June, visiting the Colegio where the peace process there was discussed, as well as Afro-Colombian poverty areas near the church.
  2. One member participated in the Presbyterian Peacemaking “Mosaic of Peace Tour” of Israel and Palestine, and reported to the congregation, legislators and others concerning the need for just peace in that region.
  3. We promoted voter registration and voting, including early voting, and reported on litigation against purges of the voter rolls. We supported the Candidates’ Night at Precious Blood church.
  4. We promoted two services at the MonDay Community Correctional Institution.
  5. We planned and participated in the Christmas Eve Worship service.
  6. We Sponsored the Peacemaking and Christmas Joy offerings.
  7. We donated $50 to the Jail Chaplaincy Ministry’s annual recovery and restoration event for ex-offenders
  8. We supported Amnesty International.
  9. We supported the MLK march, the Good Friday Walk for Peace and Justice and the Peace Bridge Event.
  10. We took part in events promoting understanding and acceptance of Moslems in the Dayton area.
  11. We encouraged Rev. Zuercher to preach on social justice issues.
  12. We organized a joint book discussion group with Harmony Creek Church which read and discussed “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson and “Becoming White” by Thandeka. These were well participated in and we plan to continue.
  13. We supported the book “In the Land of Promise” concerning poverty programs in Dayton.
  14. We conducted a forum on police/citizen violence in Dallas, with a former member, who now lives in Dallas, participating by Skype.
  15. We investigated the way Social Justice and Peacemaking could use the church website.


Mosaic of Peace Conference on Israel and Palestine

College Hill elder Stan Hirtle attended the Presbyterian Church’s Mosaic of Peace Conference this April.
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Call to the Land of Promise – Book Review March 13th after Worship

Join us after worship this Sunday, March 13th in fellowship hall for a book review by our Social Justice and Peacemaking Ministering Unit!
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The book is:   
CALL TO THE LAND OF PROMISE 
by Frederick M. Finney (the late husband of our own Gladys Turner Finney).

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