“Just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” – Matthew 25:45
In response to the words of Jesus, Outreach and Social Justice ministries are integral to life at St. Peter’s. Our Parish Vision is to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte.
Outreach is reaching beyond our internal parish life to serve God’s people and the wider community through acts of charity and volunteerism opportunities to further the mission of a particular ministry, agency, or organization. Daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal opportunities are available to effect the work of our Servant Ministry Partners and our own journeys with Christ. Social Justice is our commitment to measures and laws as well as engagement of systemic and policy reforms that move persons in need from dependency to greater self-sufficiency; from privileges to rights; from lower to higher quality of life; and from shame to dignity. This continuum involves initiatives that move an individual from temporary to more permanent solutions; from one-time assistance to extended help; and changing our ministry focus from individual responsibility to that of a systemic change, often through policy-making. Outreach and Social Justice are not mutually exclusive. We believe that both acts of charity and policy-making are necessary to co-create the kingdom of God on earth as it is heaven.
Regarding outreach, contact Vestry Coordinator for Outreach, Elsie Erneston. Regarding social justice, contact Vestry Coordinator for Social Justice, John Frederick, Social Justice Team Leader, Lisa Wielunski, or Social Justice Assistant Team Leader, Jeanne Agan about advocacy initiatives and special events.
Servant Ministry Partners – St. Peter’s supports the following organizations through a mix of grants, parish operating and clergy discretionary funds, and volunteerism to further their respective mission, which align with our parish mission, ministry, and vision. Daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal opportunities are available to support our partners and faith journeys. To get involved, ‘click’ on a partner or contact Vestry Coordinator for Outreach, Elsie Erneston.
Augustine Literacy Project
Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice
Charlotte Family Housing
The Choir School at St. Peter’s
Crisis Assistance Ministry
CROP Hunger Walk
Democracy North Carolina
Episcopal Farmworker Ministry
Episcopal Relief and Development
Florence Crittenton Services
Galillee Ministries of East Charlotte
Habitat for Humanity
Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg
HUGS Camp (Young People of Diverse Abilities)
Latin American Coalition (La Coalición)
Loaves and Fishes
R.A.I.N. (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network)
St. Peter’s Community Garden
Supportive Housing Communities
Thompson Child and Family Focus
Time Out Youth
Urban Ministry Center
YWCA – Women in Transition
Events. Outreach and Social Justice events hosted by the parish and friends. Check back for updates.
- September 27, Wednesday – Film & Discussion “America Divided: Democracy for Sale” | 6:30 p.m.
The Social Justice Team will host a viewing and discussion of America Divided: Democracy for Sale, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, about the provocative, award winning documentary in which Zach Galifianakis, the comic star of “The Hangover” movies, travels back to his home state to investigate how North Carolina has become a bellwether for how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy and influences those in power. For more details, e-mail Paula Savich or Lisa Wielunski. All are welcome. Spread the word about this and the next film & discussion on October 25.
- Saturday, October 14, St. Peter’s Habitat for Humanity House Build | 8:00 a.m.
All adults and youth (age 16 and older) are invited to participate in a fun day of helping our neighbors by building a Habitat house from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During a morning or evening shift, parish volunteers, through direction and supervision from building experts, will measure, cut, and install the vinyl siding along the exterior of a newly constructed house located at 2941 Coronet Way, Charlotte, 28208. For several years, St. Peter’s has joined Charlotte Church Partners in this life-changing ministry. Sign up for your shift, using Group 2717 and the “Search” button, by clicking here. For more information, contact parish coordinator, John Knip (firstname.lastname@example.org, 980-721-4850) or assistant coordinator, Alec Yale (email@example.com, 281-723-6992). Check out a recent video from Habitat for Humanity about the impact of affordable housing.
- Saturday, October 14, CROP Hunger Walk at Independence Park | 8:00 a.m.
Our team is helping to end hunger one step at a time by participating in this year’s Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk which St. Peter’s has been participating in for many years. Registration starts at 8:00 am, and the Walk begins at 9:00 am. Last year, we raised over $5000, so help us meet our goal again this year. The easiest way to join or donate is to visit our team online or stop by the CROP Hunger Walk table after the 10:45 am service on Sundays, September 24 through October 8. For more information, contact parish coordinator, Logan Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-488-4436
- October 25, Wednesday – Film & Discussion “The Road to Brown” | 6:30 p.m.
Film and discussion information: to be announced.
News. News services, articles, and occasional messages from the Clergy and Lay Leadership about the mission and ministry of the Church, including examples of Outreach and Social Justice.
- Diocese of North Carolina News – Important information from Diocesan House and our Bishops.
- Episcopal News Service – The official news service of The Episcopal Church
- Anglican Communion News – What’s happening with Anglicans/Episcopalians worldwide
- September 15, 2017 – Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to Urgent Needs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma
- September 5, 2017 – Read a message from the Presiding Bishop and the House of Deputies President on the the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
- August 31, 2017 – Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to Hurricane Harvey