From hosting our city’s homeless during the coldest winter months to participating in community dialogue around important issues of justice in our city, there are many ways our faith is lived out here at Westminster and we invite you to participate!
Our Green Team looks for opportunities to educate and transform our practice to live as good stewards of creation and end climate change. They also help Westminster maintain our status as an Earth Care Congregation.
Westminster is working to eliminate the physical and attitudinal barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from participating fully in the life of the church. As part of our commitment to people with disabilities, we offer Opening Doors . The ministry of Opening Doors is coordinated by a volunteer board working with specific congregations and local social service agencies. Activities include organizing special church school classes, arranging transportation to church services, hosting social events, and encouraging advocacy for the interest of persons with mental and physical disabilities.
Our Peace, Justice and Inclusion ministry [link to blogs tagged “peace, justice and inclusion” keeps us connected to important work in ending gun violence and violence against women, the movement for Black Lives, immigration, refugees, and LGBTQ equality. Peace, Justice and Inclusion also takes a group from Westminster to Ecumencial Advocacy Days to stay connected to national movements and the wider church’s efforts.
We are also active in the interfaith justice work of IMPACT. We host our city’s homeless during the wintertime with PACEM, and we build houses in the city monthly for persons in need with Habitat for Humanity. We work to end hunger through the annual CROP walk and by participating in the Presbyterian Hunger Offering.
The University of Virginia remains our most immediate mission and outreach commitment where we seek to share God’s love and serve. University Mission Committee (UMC) members regularly have the opportunity to participate in the University Ministry through preparing and sharing meals, volunteering in Common Grounds, and participating in the many UKirk programs that are open to the wider community.Throughout the year we connect with students, faculty, staff and our neighborhood, offering hospitality, partnership and dynamic spiritual opportunities.
If you are interested in serving with any of these ongoing ministries, please contact Westminster.