Advocacy Ministry

The Advocacy Committee seeks to help First Presbyterian learn about the challenges facing our neighbors in Charlotte and to inform the congregation about opportunities for addressing those challenges, both individually and as a church.

Our four main areas of advocacy are listed below. You can click into each topic page to learn more about each. We also have a searchable resources section for you to learn on your own time. 

Homelessness + Housing

Housing stability is a crucial part of upward mobility. What are the challenges in Charlotte, and how can we address them?

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EQUITY + EDUCATION

Quality education provides opportunities to move out of poverty. What are the barriers to equitable access and how can we help remove them?

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Anti-racism

Anti-racism is active endorsement of policies and ideas, by individuals and institutions that lead to racial equity.  What steps must we take as a church to become anti-racist?

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Plowshares Book Group

Through discussions of challenging books, we hope to learn more about needs in our community while deepening relationships with each other.

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Resources

We want to understand challenges, amplify voices, explore opportunities, and take action within our community. Below is a list of resources to help you learn and grow.

Category

Type of Resource

Time Requirement

Article

NC school test results are in. How did CMS students fare during the pandemic?

Equity in Education

In a year of mostly remote learning due to the pandemic, a majority of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students failed state exams for the 2020-21 academic year, according to results released by the state on Wednesday.

Less than 5 minutes

Video

Mixed Income Housing Developments Panel

Housing + Homelessness

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a mixed income housing development? Are you curious as to how developers make the financials work, particularly in areas like Uptown where land costs are high? This panel discussion answers these questions and more about the challenges and successes of mixed income housing.

60+ minutes

Podcast/Audio File

How the Word Is Passed

Anti-Racism

I’m talking to writer, teacher, and scholar Dr. Clint Smith about his new book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. We talk about the history of slavery in this country and how we approach, excavate, recognize, and react to that history—and how we have a responsibility and accountability to get the story and the history right.

60+ minutes

Article

I Want US History to Make my Kids Uncomfortable

Anti-Racism

A perspective on teaching racial history written by Charlotte Presbyterian pastor, Kate Murphy.

Less than 5 minutes

Article

Can We Talk About Critical Race Theory?

Anti-Racism

Jay Caspian Kang provides a more nuanced view of Critical Race Theory.

Less than 5 minutes

Article

Being Antiracist

Anti-Racism

To create an equal society, we must commit to making unbiased choices and being antiracist in all aspects of our lives. Written by the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

5-10 minutes

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News

Updates and information directly from the Advocacy Committee.  

Urgent Volunteer Needs

Listed below are our most urgent volunteer opportunities. Additional needs and ways to be involved are available on the subcommittee pages.

Roof Above

Homelessness + Housing

Make and fill soup cups and assemble lunch bags to be picked up by visitors at their College Street campus.

Tutor a Child

Equity + Education

The following programs partner with the school, providing curriculum, training, and coordinators to support volunteers. Sign up on these pages: Heart Math Tutoring, Read Charlotte, Augustine Literacy Project.

Food Pantry Support

Equity + Education

Provide for the pantry at Westerly Hills Academy on a monthly basis or serve on the team that delivers food to the school.

Have Questions?

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