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 From Seed to Seed, The Devil We Know, The Wisdom to Survive, 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 members are active in food bank, peacemaking, youth advocacy, housing, and a variety of other social service projects as volunteers and professionals. Examples include:
The Food Bank @ St. Mary's is a regular beneficiary of food donations collected every Sunday. Suggestions for donations to the Food Bank
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.