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?

Plowshares Book Group

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

Equity in Education

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

Climate Change

Our newest subcommittee seeks to foster faithful responses to the challenges of climate change. It is currently identifying goals and priorities for the coming year.

Anti-Racism

Anti-racism is the active endorsement of policies and ideas, by individuals and institutions that lead to racial equity.  

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.

Topic

Type of Resource

Time Requirement

Article

Christians Must Accept that Charity Is Not Justice

Anti-Racism

Addresses the reflexive attitude to quickly dismiss difficult or controversial topics as political.

Less than 5 minutes

Article

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

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

Podcast/Audio File

Why Are Cities (Still) So Expensive? from Freakonomics Podcast

Housing & Homelessness

It isn’t just supply and demand. We look at the complicated history and skewed incentives that make “affordable housing” more punch line than reality in cities from New York and San Francisco to Flint, Michigan (!).

30-60 minutes

Article

Many Teens Report Emotional and Physical Abuse by Parents During Lockdown

Equity in Education

New data on teen mental health during the pandemic suggests that for many, home life was full of stressors like job loss, hunger, and even violence.

Less than 5 minutes

Article

Addressing the Benefits Cliff: An Anchor or a Ladder

Housing & Homelessness

The cliff effect refers to the sudden and often unexpected decrease in public benefits that can occur with a small increase in earnings.

10-30 minutes

Book

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado

Housing & Homelessness

The author articulates not only what it is to be the working poor in America, but what poverty is truly like--on all levels and discusses openly how she herself went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and reveals why "poor people don't always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should."

60+ 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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