Westminster Seminars

Event details

  • Sunday | July 22, 2018
  • 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Galbreath Chapel
  • 412-835-6630

July Series

Bringing Good News to the Poor: Poverty in the U.S.
Summer Discussions Sponsored by the Westminster Peace & Justice Group

In a synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus began his ministry, quoting from Isaiah, "to bring good news to the poor." These words reflect his life and our calling as Christians. We are moved when we see people in need, and we long to obey Jesus’ call on our lives, but we have many questions. Who are the poor? What are the causes of poverty? What can we do that will really change things?

July 22 – “This Is My House”: Defeating Poverty One Family at a Time
Rev. Michael Stanton, Executive Director, Open Hand Ministries

A Pittsburgh Theological Seminary graduate, Rev. Stanton works through three partner churches – East Liberty Presbyterian, The Open Door Church, and Valley View Presbyterian – to provide disadvantaged families the opportunity for affordable homeownership. Michael’s calling is to address the physical, social, and spiritual needs of low- to moderate-income families in Garfield and East Liberty. The nonprofit is called “Open Hand” because Michael sees it as “a radical declaration of the Gospel,” an effort to provide opportunities, especially affordable housing, to those who haven’t been afforded them by society.

July 29 – Shaping Public Policy to Serve the Poor
Rev. Liddy Barlow, Executive Minister for Christian Associates

Churches do amazing work in direct service to poor people, but many of us are unclear about the role that public policy changes can have in improving the lives of people in poverty, and even less clear on how to become involved. The Rev. Liddy Barlow will show us that working for changes in public policy is important for Christians, and will highlight ways in which that is happening now. She has been a key organizer of interfaith services mourning lives lost at Mother Emanuel in Charleston, SC, standing against bigotry after the demonstrations in Charlottesville, VA, and in support of immigrants.