JPOW: Justice Poverty Oppression Women
Beginning in 2013, we began to focus our mission efforts on justice, poverty, oppression, and women: JPOW. Through events like the Girl Rising film screening, Summer Institute, Summer Reading Groups the Global Church Conference, we've had the opportunity to learn about the oppression of women both locally and globally and to examine how God might be calling us to act as people of faith. Join us as we move from education to engagement through service.
For more information, contact Megan Luckhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.
There are always opportunities to serve with some of our JPOW Mission Partners! If you would like to know more about how to get involved in the local community, feel free to contact Megan Luckhardt at email@example.com or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.
Project Peace Speaker Series | Biblical Economic Justice Today
Date: Tuesday, March 2018
There’s a real concern we’ve jumped to "the how-to" without considering "the why" when it comes to allowing the Bible to form our values regarding economic justice. Our contemporary economy prioritizes efficiency, profit, and production. What if the Bible doesn't care about that? What if God reasons through abundance, not scarcity, and focuses on need, not gain? We invite you to consider if our society has already gotten off on the wrong foot when we start with the assumption that there's not enough to go around. Perhaps abundance is where we need to begin and human need is where we need to go.
Dr. Michael Barram will give a talk on this topic, followed by a conversation with Mary Ellen Azada and audience Q&A.
Days of Service | Do Justice
Upcoming Dates: Sunday, June 2, 2018
Days of Service are opportunities to gather family, friends, and neighbors to serve in our local community. Project Peace, our partner for Do Justice, connects local churches and social service providers that work together for just and sustainable communities in Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding areas. Join friends from First Pres Berkeley and other East Bay churches to worship God together through acts of service.
Habitat for Humanity Third Saturday Builds
Date: Third Saturday of each month, ongoing
Join an ecumenical and interfaith crew of volunteers in the East Bay to build affordable homes with Habitat locally. First-timers and experienced builders welcome, ages 16 and up, on the third Saturday of each month. We build to end generational poverty and put God’s love into action. To volunteer for a build, click here to sign up. For more information, contact Tori Bommarito at tbommarito@HabitatEBSV.org.
Oakland International High School
Our JPOW Partner Oakland International High School (OIHS) has a student population that is primarily comprised of refugees and immigrant newcomers who are adjusting to life here in the US. The school has an ongoing need for classroom aids, after school tutors, social service navigators, and mentors. To learn more click here to watch a short video and/or contact Megan Luckhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.
Harbor House has a long history of extending love, compassion, and welcome to immigrant and refugee families in Oakland. Below are some ways that you can join them in this urgent work:
For more information on any of these opportunities, please email email@example.com or call (510) 534-0165.
Supporting Refugees—International Rescue Committee (IRC)
As of March 31, our partner, the Oakland office of the IRC, has received 257 Refugees (108 families) of whom 73% are Afghan, 20% are under 5 years old, and 21% are ages 5–17. Individuals and families are still arriving and very much need and deserve support and assistance. Click here to read more about the life of a refugee family relocated to Oakland from Uganda.
How can you help?
First Pres JPOW partner Cityteam has a number of opportunities for volunteer engagement.
To view a full list of volunteer opportunities and to sign up, visit http://www.cityteam.volunteerhub.com.
Faith Network of the East Bay
First Pres JPOW partner Faith Network has a number of opportunities for volunteer engagement.
Reading Tutor — Inspire a child to become a successful reader! Cultivate reading at the student's level and pace with sight words, phonics, word games, and easy book reading. Training is provided. 2 hours per week during school day.
Math Tutor — Show a child that math is fun, not hard! Help a child to develop basic math skills through interactive activities and homework assistance. Training is provided. 1+ hours per week during school day.
Science Classroom Helper — Open young eyes to the possibilities of science and computer coding! In a teacher-led lab, assist students with hands-on science and computer coding activities that will improve their understanding of the world and develop their critical thinking skills. No experience necessary. 2.5 hours per week during school day.
To view a full list of volunteer opportunities and to sign up, visit https://www.faith-network.com/volunteer/.
About Faith Network of the East Bay —Faith Network of the East Bay is a community called by God to work for the SHALOM of the city –its health, welfare and prosperity. Their programs succeed because individual volunteers, congregations, community based organizations, corporations and local businesses share their time and resources. And the key to unleashing resources is to create a spectrum of practical entry points for people and groups to invest in the next generation. Today, Faith Network offers an array of volunteer opportunities in under-resourced public schools in 4 main program areas –Career Bridge, Health4Kids, Science Horizons, and Succeeding by Reading. For information on volunteer opportunities visit www.faith-network.com or contact Pearl Wang at (510) 836-5100.