Peacemaking and Inclusion

February 20, 2020

Some of the earliest activism that set Forest Hill apart as a congregation dedicated to social justice was its commitment to peacemaking initiatives.

The racial unrest of the 1960s and the Vietnam War in the 1970s triggered a  commitment to building bridges among people and nations. The AIDS epidemic and growing intolerance of LGBT individuals led Forest Hill to involvement in The Covenant Network and the effort to ordain LGBT pastors and lay leaders. Today we are a More Light church, working toward the full participation of LGBTQIA+ people in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) – and in society.

Peacemaking Offering

The annual offering for the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is received on World Communion Sunday. Recognizing that each is essential to the other, the Peacemaking Program supports ministries to alleviate conflict, end abuses, and build trust at home and abroad. The Ministry of Justice & Mission allocates 25% of the Peacemaking Offering to a mission of our choice, such as Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a ministry to the Palestinian community of Bethlehem run by The International Center of Bethlehem. Forest Hill pilgrims visited the center during their pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2009. For more info, see the Bright Stars of Bethlehem website.

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