Ministries & Social Action
“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.
One of our most important ministries as a church has been our efforts on behalf of racial justice and fair housing laws in Cleveland Heights. Learn more here.
“When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 19:33–34)
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.”
For updates on various GCC initiatives, please follow the links below:
Our Food Pantry and Food Pantry Lunch, Labre East Cleveland outreach ministry, Hunger Sundays, and our sales of Grocery Certificates are all 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.
Stewardship refers to responsible management of resources, including finances, the environment, and a person’s physical and mental health. Learn more here.
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.
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.
The Micah Initiative is a special fund to be used as seed money for Justice and Mission work initiated by members of our congregation, especially work involving two or more members working in community with each other. Learn more here.
We support the broader initiatives of The Presbyterian Church (USA) through denominational giving and the One Great Hour of Sharing.
No matter how many Holiday Angel ornaments are placed on the Fellowship Hall Christmas tree each Advent, there are always more “angels” eager to participate than expected. Learn more here.