Prospect has an active Social & Environmental Justice Ministry Team, which provides funding to local mission projects, educates the congregation on local and wider human service/justice and peace issues, and encourages involvement.
SEJT Values Statement
As members of the Prospect UCC Social and Environmental Justice Team, we are called by God to realize a just world.
We believe that all Creation is sacred and worthy of our respect.
We have a responsibility to ourselves and our neighbors to work toward a world where all people have equitable access to the resources and opportunities necessary to live healthy and fulfilled lives.
SEJT Operating statement
To be the most effective agents of change toward a livable, equitable future, we will not only address the symptoms of injustice but also look more deeply into its causes to work for wider, systemic change.
We sponsor occasional film screenings, including such documentaries as Paris to Pittsburgh,This Changes Everything, Chasing Ice, Inequality for All, Climate Refugees, Act of Faith: the Rev. Emery Andrews Story, and From the Ashes.
Prospect Enrichment Preschool was founded in 1964 by church members seeking to provide a preschool education for children from low-income families. Today, the preschool is fully licensed and has its own status as a nonprofit corporation. The preschool board is made up of both church members and others from the community. While the preschool is now an independent organization, Prospect remains a major supporter, providing space, volunteers, and fund-raising activities for the benefit of the preschool and the children who attend. Preschool blog
Prospect members are active in food bank, peacemaking, youth advocacy, housing, and a variety of other social service projects as volunteers and professionals. Examples include:
Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, a twice weekly hot lunch program at Central Lutheran Church and a twice weekly hot dinner program at All Pilgrims Church provides meals for the homeless and hungry in our neighborhood. At least once a week, Prospect volunteers prepare and serve lunch for 100 - 300 guests, greet and socialize with guests, and clean up afterwards. In 2013, Community Lunch awarded Prospect the Jon Nelson Community Service Award.
Days for Girls International, a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit creating a more dignified, humane and sustainable world for girls through advocacy, reproductive health awareness, education and sustainable feminine hygiene. Tens of thousands of volunteers and important Alliance partners work together to ensure access to culturally, physically and environmentally sensitive hygiene solutions around the globe. Prospect members use their sewing skills to create items for hygiene kits. Financial donations to cover the cost of materials can be made payable to Prospect Congregational UCC; note "Days for Girls" in the memo. In September 2015, the Capitol Hill team sent 60 kits to Mwabi Secondary School in Tanzania.
The Mental Health Chaplaincy, founded in 1986 by Rev. Craig Rennebohm, is a street outreach program to the homeless mentally ill. For many years, Prospect Church provided office space and administrative support to the Chaplaincy. In 2015, MHC began a new chapter as a separate 501(c)(3) corporation, with offices at All Pilgrim's Christian Church. You may learn more about the MHC by visiting their website at www.mentalhealthchaplaincy.org. Learn about Rev. Rennebohm's book, Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets, published by Beacon Press in May, 2008 by visiting www.tendergod.com.