Mission and Social Justice

Mission, Social Justice Committee

Meets the Fourth Tuesday of the Month 7:00 PM via Zoom

The work of the Mission/Social Justice Committee of Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church is to express the love of God in a ministry of justice and compassion for our neighbors and in caring for the natural environment, God’s good creation.  This will be done through education, direct action and advocacy. 

Members of Committee:
Brenda Brown
Sharon Eaton

John Nurnberger

Art Farnum
Myrna Keklak
Diane Falk (Earth Care Team)
Sharon Cresse (Earth Care Team)
Wendy Walsh (Earth Care Team)

Action
Monthly Community Food Bank of New Jersey food distribution for the community of Pleasantville
Feminine Hygiene Product Donation Drive for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey
Baby Product Donation Drive for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey
Participation in Atlantic County Pride in the Park, Mays Landing
Egg Harbor Township School Back Pack Drive
Holiday Gift Drive for the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency
Gift Card drive for families in need in the Egg Harbor Township High School
Education Programs
What You Can Do to Prevent Gun Violence:  Christine Piper, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
OHPC ENews social justice/environmental articles
Advocacy
Earth Care Guidelines Developed Energy Innovation Carbon Dividend Act
Project Offshore New Jersey
Adopted the Land Acknowledgement Statement: “We acknowledge the Lenni-Lenape people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we are meeting today.  We acknowledge that they have occupied and cared for this land over countless generations and we celebrate their continuing contributions to the life of this region.”

All information provided by Sharon Eaton.

 

Earth Care Pledge

 

Peace and justice is God's plan for all creation.  The earth and all creation are God's.  God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family.  As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.

WHY SHOULD WE CARE FOR THE EARTH? Our faith urges us to strive for eco-justice: defending and healing creation while working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it. This call is rooted in the human vocation of “tilling and keeping” the garden from Genesis 2:15, as well as Christ’s charge to work with and for the most vulnerable. Because of their love for Christ who is firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15), churches are challenged to live in a manner consistent with God’s call to not only care for creation, but commune with creation. 

                

 

1.  Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God's grace and glory in creation and declare that God calls us to cherish, protect and  restore this earth.

2.  In education, we will seek learning and teaching opportunities to know and understand the threats to God's creation and the damage already inflicted. We will encourage and support each other in finding ways of keeping and healing the creation in response to God's call to earth keeping, justice and community.

3. Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people.  In our buildings and on our grounds we will use energy efficiently, conserve resources, and share what we have in abundance so that God's holy creation will be sustainable for all life and future generations.

4.  Our outreach will encourage public policy and community involvement that protects and restores the vulnerable and degraded earth as well as oppressed and neglected people.  We will be mindful that our personal and collective actions can positively or negatively affect our neighborhood, region, nation and world.  We will seek to achieve environmental justice through coalition and ecumenical partnerships.  

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