“I will show you my faith by what I do.” (James 2:18)

The mission of the Social Justice and Outreach Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is to encourage the people of God to hear and respond to the cries of the poor, the hungry, the oppressed, and the alienated within our communities, the nation and the world.  All this we do in the name of Jesus the Christ who called us to feed his sheep.

Nancy Lapp,  the Holy Cross, Homewood
Elizabeth Duckstein, St. Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon
Bill Farra, The Community of Celebration
The Rev. Michael Foley, Redeemer, Squirrel Hill

Patricia Kennedy, St. Andrew’s, Highland Park
Erin Morey, St. Paul's, Mt. Lebanon
Marianne Novy, Redeemer, Squirrel Hill, Committee CHair

Colleen Sari, Calvary, East Liberty
Linda Schneider, St. Brendan's, Franklin Park
Pat Eagon Stafford, St. Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon
The Rev. Garrett Yates, St. Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon


Valuable resources and links to supported organizations:

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Check out these Episcopal Resources and Networks (the list below is courtesy of Mike Schut, Economic and Environmental Affairs Officer for The Episcopal Church)

– The Episcopal Ecological Network: www.eenonline.org

– The Episcopal Network for Economic Justice: www.enej.org has excellent resources.

– The Episcopal Public Policy Network: raise your voice in DC: www.episcopalchurch.org/eppn.htm.

Environmental Justice Resources

– Two good EJ resource centers: www.ejrc.cau.edu; www.ejnet.org

– WEACT – www.weact.org (NYC)

– Urban Habitat – www.urbanhabitat.org (Oakland)

– Delco Alliance for EJ – www.ejnet.org/chester (Philadelphia)

– Little Village Environmental Justice Organization – www.lvejo.org (Chicago)

– Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice – www.sneej.org (Southwestern US)

– Deep South Center for Environmental Justice – http://www.dscej.org/ (Louisiana)

– NCC has an environmental racism study guide: www.nccecojustice.org/resources

– Farmworker Justice, which does some faith-based work: http://www.fwjustice.org/

Good General Info (and to find Community Supported Agriculture Farms):

– Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association: www.biodynamics.com

– The USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program: www.sare.org

– Local Harvest: www.localharvest.org/csa/

– Bishops Blend: http://www.er-d.org/BishopsBlend/ (a collaboration with ERD and Pura Vida Coffee)

Organizations

– Earth Ministry is an excellent group: www.EarthMinistry.org

– Interfaith Power and Light (www.theregenerationproject.org: A Religious Response to Global Warming

– The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group: www.nccecojustice.org

– Faith and Money Network, formerly Ministry of Money: www.ministryofmoney.org

– Eco-Justice Ministries has a good summary of resources available: www.eco-justice.org

Books

– Cobb, John B., Jr. Sustainability, Economics, Ecology, and Justice.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1992.

– DeWitt Calvin, Earth Wise

– McFague, Sallie.  Life Abundant.  Minn: Fortress Press, 2001.

– McKibben, Bill.  Deep Economy.  New York: Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2007.

– Myers, Ched. Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics.  DC: Tell the Word, Church of the Savior, 2001.

Michael Schut’s books include an anthology of essays with community-building study guides.

– Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective

– Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread

– Money and Faith: The Search for Enough

Socially Responsible Investing

– Firms like Calvert, Parnassus, Domini, Pax World Fund

– Community Development Financial Institutions: www.cdfi.org

– Oikocredit, a faith-based micro-finance and investment organization: www.oikocredit.org

Michael Schut, Economic and Environmental Affairs Officer, The Episcopal Church, mschut@episcopalchurch.org, 206-323-1126

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