The Least of These: A Missional Engagement of the Faithful in the Work of Preventing and Alleviating Poverty

Tuesday, March 12
9:30 -11:30 AM
Lamington Presbyterian Church,
355 Lamington Road, Bedminster, NJ

Concern about issues of poverty have always been central to the mission of faith-based communities. Through movements such as the Poor People’s Campaign, anti-poverty is an issue integral to the healing and strengthening of communities How are we as churches and communities of faith engaged in the work of preventing and alleviating poverty? How does poverty impact you?

With Matthew 25 as its backdrop this Workshop will:

  • Examine poverty both nationally and its interconnected issues
  • Equip participants with strategies centered around community organizing
  • Encourage relationship and community building among participants for networking

Workshop Leaders

Rev. Dr. Alonzo T. Johnson, Coordinator for the Presbyterian Committee of the Self Development of People Program (SDOP), PCUSA.

Rev. Johnson has 25 years of experience in urban, congregational based organizing, youth/education, creative arts, peacemaking, anti-poverty and social justice ministries. Rev. Johnson was pastor at an urban congregation and Presbytery in Philadelphia, PA and has worked as a volunteer chaplain in prison ministry for 9 years. He has a BA from Bloomfield College, NJ, and an MDiv from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has just currently completed the DMin program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Margaret Mwale, Associate for Community Development and Constituent Relations with Presbyterian Committee on the Self Development of People (SDOP).

Margaret coordinates and interprets the ministry of SDOP to Mid-Councils, Congregations and under-resourced communities and leads community development efforts for SDOP. Margaret has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bluffton University (OH), a master’s degree in economics and a 2nd master’s in education both from Eastern Illinois University. She has also completed certification training at the Chalmers Center for economic and community development at Covenant College. Prior to joining Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People, Margaret oversaw Community Ministry programs with congregations in Mobile, AL, and Indianapolis, IN.

Registration for Presbytery Workshop March 12, 2019