...you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called
the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. (Isaiah 58:12)
In addition to direct service and charitable efforts, the Meeting House seeks to work to promote justice within our community and world.
We are an active congregation in VOICE of Northern Virginia (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), which brings together faith communities in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William Counties to advocate around social justice issues in our communities.
We seek to promote a strong and active focus on environmental stewardship at the Meeting House, and participate regionally with Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light.
The Meeting House is a member of The Covenant Network of Presbyterians, an organization of Presbyterian congregations committed to the full participation of lesbian and gay Presbyterians in the life and ordained leadership of the church.
The Social Justice Committee also seeks to provide education around issues of justice, and to advise the congregation of opportunities to join with other Presbyterians in related actions whenever the PCUSA or the Presbytery identifies a social justice priority through its resolutions and programs.
Resources on the social justice actions of the PCUSA can be found at the PCUSA website. Here are a few of special interest:
Peacemaking and Social Justice in the Book of Order of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)
This document makes clear the long-established commitment of the Presbyterian Church to social justice and peace.
Office of Public Witness
The Presbyterian Office of Public Witness is the public policy information and advocacy office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its task is to advocate, and help the church to advocate, the social witness perspectives and policies of the Presbyterian General Assembly. The church has a long history of applying these biblically and theologically-based insights to issues that affect the public — maintaining a public policy ministry in the nation's capital since 1946.
A quick overview of the 220th General Assembly (2012) in Pittsburgh, PA.
Other advocacy organizations of interest:
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (National Capital Presbytery is an institutional member)
The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is Virginia’s oldest faith-based advocacy group. They are a nonpartisan coalition of faith communities working to create progressive public policy by engaging people of faith, educating the public about social issues, the legislative process, and the call to advocacy.
Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. OPMH members have participated in Bread’s annual Offering of Letters for the past two years.