Social Justice & Mission
“If you have come to help me you are wasting your time.
But if you recognize that your liberation and mine are bound up together,
we can walk together.” ~ Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s
Forest Hill works for change, from our own neighborhood to the larger Cleveland Heights, and even wider regional and international missions. We support and participate in faith-based and non-profit organizations such as Greater Cleveland Congregations, Family Promise, Reaching Heights, Boulevard School, The Covenant Network, and the Home Repair Resource Center. A complete list can be found at Links We Like.
For more info about these organizations or to become involved at any level, contact a member of the Ministry of Justice & Mission.
Forest Hill is a member of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), “a non- partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice. Learn more about how GCC unites people across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to promote public, private and civic sector actions which strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods.”
Our support of GCC is making a difference. GCC, under the leadership of Donna Weinberger from Kol Halev, along with Rev. Eric Dillenbeck of Fairmount Presbyterian and the Gun Violence team, including Forest Hill Church member Barb Cloud, played a major role in the President’s push to reduce gun violence in our country. This is a huge victory, and one that shows what we can do together.
A Message from Greater Cleveland Congregations: January 2015
Today the President has taken initial steps to implement a key recommendation of our Do Not Stand Idly By campaign: using federal purchasing power to encourage the development of “smart guns” and other gun-safety technologies.
Attached is our statement on the President’s actions, and the memo he has sent to the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security. These are the three agencies that we recommended that the President target; they are the largest federal purchasers of firearms, and have significant research budgets.
In announcing this step, the President and White House staff have used the language and analysis that leaders of DNSIB have developed over the last 3 years.
Our Food Pantry and Food Pantry Lunch, Labre East Cleveland outreach ministry, Hunger Sundays, and our sales of Grocery Certificates have all been tools in our on-going fight against hunger in our community.
Forest Hill has been a long-time partner with Family Promise (formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network or IHN.) We also work with community groups such as the Home Repair Resource Center to help families and individuals remain in their homes.
There are all kinds of ways to support peace–throughout the world and in our own homes and families. Learn about Forest Hill’s commitment to civility to all areas of life.
The closest international mission fields to Forest Hill Church are in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, including Haiti. The ease of travel to these relatively close areas provides a unique opportunity for our congregation to build relationships with those living in economically fragile areas.
One of only two Ohio congregations to earn the Earth Care Congregation designation by the Presbyterian Church (USA), Forest Hill has long recognized the importance of showing how the green way is God’s way. Read about our on-going efforts to increase sustainability at Forest Hill Church and throughout our region.
We support the broader initiatives of The Presbyterian Church (USA) through denominational giving and the One Great Hour of Sharing.
Each year during Lent, Presbyterians and other Christians minister to the needs of the less fortunate by donating to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. The offering supports 3 Presbyterian programs:
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for victims of conflict and natural disasters in places like Haiti and New Orleans
- Presbyterian Hunger Program provides direct food relief and long-term development assistance in the U.S. and overseas
- Self-Development of People makes grants to the poor to create grass-roots community organizations and small-scale enterprises
A portion of Forest Hill Church’s One Great Hour of Sharing goes to our local Presbytery for local projects such as a Hunger Action Enabler to work with local churches, or grants approved by our local Self-Development committee to groups such as the Council Gardens Tenant Association on N. Taylor Road’s cooperative fruit and vegetable gardening project.
In 2009 Forest Hill embarked on a quest to follow the lesson in Jesus’ Parable of the Talents to double our “talents” and return them to God for mission and service. Each worshiper received $50 and was asked to return it one month later along with anything they earned with it. Follow the link above for details on how the experiment turned out.