Celebrate Our Past and Present Witness through a Commitment to Children and Restorative Justice
We invite you to join us as we celebrate 300 years and raise $300,000 for our ministry partners. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice. In this unique moment in our history, we trust our combined efforts will continue to embody the Good News of Jesus Christ in at-risk communities as we stand alongside our neighbors in the Greater Philadelphia and Chester area. Together we can impact the Greater Philadelphia area more than we could do alone.
New Video Series Featuring All Eight Initiatives
Check out eight two-minute videos on each of our featured initiatives. View them by clicking each initiative to the left or by visiting our YouTube Playlist. Share these videos with your congregation, youth ministry, small group, friends, in worship, with prospective ministry partners, and more. Click Here for Group Discussion Questions.
What is the school-to-prison pipeline? Children and youth who live in contexts of poverty, demonstrate varied learning disabilities, lack access to quality education, and are vulnerable to potentially biased in-school disciplinary actions are at an increased risk to incarceration as both juveniles and adults. Numerous ministries in our midst, to include those selected for this campaign, work to disrupt this pipeline as they provide programs, services, and leadership opportunities for young people in communities and neighborhoods most at risk.
What is restorative justice? As individuals who have been previously incarcerated seek to re-enter society, various initiatives in the Presbytery of Philadelphia model God’s love and grace through services and programs to help individuals find employment, develop leadership skills, and reduce risks for recidivism (returning to prison).