“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


Episcopalian organizations working for social justice through advocacy and service:

Episcopal Public Policy Network—www.episcopalchurch.org/page/office-government-relations

Episcopal Peace Fellowship—www.epfnational.org

Episcopal Relief and Development—www.episcopalrelief.org

Episcopal Migration Ministries—www.episcopalmigrationministries.org

Episcopal Ecological Network—www.eenonline.org

Episcopal Network for Economic Justice—www.enej.org

Local service organizations that parishes and the diocese have supported

East End Cooperative Ministries—www.eecm.org (especially with programs for food, shelter, and clothing for homeless)

South Hills Interfaith Movement—www.shimcares.org

Habitat for Humanity—www.pittsburghhabitat.org (helping rehab or build houses cooperatively with future owners)

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank—www.pittsburghfoodbank.org

Bethlehem Haven—www.bethlehemhaven.org—shelter for homeless women

Homeless Children’s Education Fund—homelessfund.org—advances the education of homeless children and youth, provides other services and advocates for policy improvement

Living in Liberty—www.livinginliberty.org—safe house for victims of sex trafficking

Sojourner House—www.sojournerhousepa.org—rehabilitation housing for addicted women and their children

Foundation of Hope—www.foundationofhope.org—helps incarcerated and returning citizens rebuild their lives

Jeremiah’s Place—www.jeremiahsplace.org—emergency care for children 6 and under during family crises

Off the Floor Pittsburgh—www.offthefloorpgh.org—recycles used furniture to families in need

Treasure House Fashions—thfashions.org—provides gently-worn quality clothing for women in crisis

Operation Safety Net—www.pittsburghmercy/operation-safety-net—medical outreach to people who are homeless

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council—www.gplc.org—includes among other services English as a second language, medical literacy, GED preparation

Northern Area Multi-Service Center—buildingindependence.org/nams/community-assistance-and-refugee-resettlement/ —Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement

Jewish Family and Children’s Services—jfcspgh.org—especially for refugees

Advocacy organizations working on justice issues of concern to national church, with members in the diocese

Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (Southwest)—www.piin.org—currently working on educational equity, public safety through better police-community relations, worker rights such as higher minimum wage, and environmentally and economically sound solutions to  sewer problems

Bread for the World—www.bread.org—influencing congress people about legislation affecting US and world hunger and poverty

Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty—padp.org

Allegheny County Clean Air Now—www.facebook.com/AghCoCAN/

CeasefirePA (gun control)—www.ceasefirepa.org

Thomas Merton Center—www.thomasmertoncenter.org—peace and justice center