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 six 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

Climate Change is among the largest challenges ever faced by humanity. We must mitigate its effects by addressing the root cause.


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

Gun Violence Prevention

As followers of Christ, we can support initiatives to reduce gun violence and lessen its impact on our neighbors in Charlotte.


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.


Type of Resource

Time Requirement



Shell Plant: Charlotte Mecklenburg Story


An article to follow up Plowshares Summer 2023 discussion of "Poster Girls."

Less than 5 minutes


How Do We Know Climate Change Is Real?

Climate Change

There is unequivocal evidence that earth is warming at an unprecedented rate. Human activity is the principal cause.

5-10 minutes


Supreme Court Justice Jackson’s dissent against the recent affirmative action ruling


Judge Jackson provides an overview of racial injustices throughout the centuries, including demonstrating how affirmative action has been used in the past to benefit whites at the expense of African-Americans.

30-60 minutes


The Commercial Dispatch: Mississippi’s reading ‘miracle’ may need work to be sustained

Equity in Education

The state's celebrated commitment to improving reading should not begin and end in the third grade.

Less than 5 minutes


Charlotte Region Housing Outlook Discussion Highlights Challenges, Promotes Solutions

Housing & Homelessness

An overview of who cannot afford housing and why, which groups are making an impact despite challenges, and what can and is being done to help the crisis.

10-30 minutes


New Duke University study: Big, unresolved problems continue to plague NC’s school voucher program

Equity in Education

A new report from Duke University’s Children’s Law Clinic outlines the many ways in which North Carolina’s largest school voucher program continues to suffer from glaring policy weaknesses.

Less than 5 minutes

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Updates and information directly from the Advocacy Committee.  


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Mixed Income Developments Panel

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...

A Culture of Care

Nov. 2020 marked the 20 year anniversary of our partnership with Westerly Hills Academy. To honor this milestone, we established a food pantry at the school. The project was recently featured in the CMS Foundation yearbook.

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