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Justice and Advocacy Committee

Our Vision

We envision a community answering to God’s movement among us in which basic rights of fairness and freedom from poverty for all people prevail.

Our Mission

The Justice and Advocacy Committee, as the independent voice of the Lehigh Conference of Churches, is an advocate for social justice. The Committee reaches out to a diverse community of member congregations and other faith organizations to inspire and encourage engagement for problem-solving. We provide educational opportunities and public forums for theologically-based discussion as we call out mutual concerns and unjust conditions.

Our Work with Congregations

We partner with our local congregations as well as local, state, and national organizations, such as Bread for the World and the Pennsylvania Council of Churches to provide faith based educational workshops, public forums, and training events on current social justice issues and public policy advocacy. We can also provide or recommend speakers on current social justice topics for study groups and judicatory events.

From time to time, J&AC organizes local workshops on social justice issues, such as our annual Food/Hunger workshops in partnership with Bread for the World each spring; and fall workshops on immigration reform (2007), Health Care (2008), Homelessness (2009), Jobs, Workers, & Economics (2010), the Growing Economic Divide (2011), Affordable Housing (2012), and Criminal Justice / Restorative Practices (2013, 2014), Fair Legislative Redistricting (2017,2018), Support for Local Immigrants (2017,2018), Healing Communities Training (2018).

We have also organized several informal gatherings "Congregations in Mission: Finding Common Causes" for missions/outreach/social concerns committee members from different congregations to get acquainted with each other and to form new partnerships where there are common interests.


Lehigh Valley Congregations
New Life for Church Properties

February 11th, 2024
  • First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem – affordable housing development on the church campus
    • Three site plan concepts and a survey are posted at bit.ly/4b3M8h2.
    • Contextual information – discussed so far at two congregational meetings – about the proposed development is here.
  • Life Church, 9th & Walnut, Allentown – the church is planning to build affordable apartments on it’s property: “Walnut Square Apartments”
  • … read more »


Resources on White Christian Nationalism:
What to Know and How to Respond

February 11th, 2024

Faith-Based Resources on Climate Change
COP28 Reports

January 25th, 2024

The 2023 Farm Bill – Resources

April 10th, 2023

Criminal Justice Reform – Resources

March 22nd, 2023

Life Without Parole (LWOP)


Resources – Responding to the Housing Crisis

March 21st, 2023

Lehigh Valley Church-Related Housing

  • Greater Shiloh Church – Easton

… read more »


Resources – The Housing Crisis

January 30th, 2023

The January 2023 and November 2022 issues of Justice & Advocacy news provide an overview of current housing crisis and what are the major factors that contribute to the crisis. Here are a few references for additional reading; and look for updates here this winter and spring.

Inequality


Refugee Resettlement

March 28th, 2022

Resources – Responding to Climate Change

December 14th, 2021

Lehigh Valley Homelessness and Affordable Housing
April 2021 Update

April 17th, 2021
    April 14 meetings of Allentown City Council and Lehigh County Board of Commissioners included discussion of Lehigh Valley housing issues. Here are highlights of those meetings and links to video recordings, presentation slides and other documents, and media reports. … read more »

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