What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
This well-known challenge from the prophet Micah undergirds outreach ministries at Pullen. As we try to address both individual needs and systemic injustice, we attempt to frame our ministry within the call to do justice…love kindness…and walk humbly with God. Through study, advocacy and direct action, our goals are to understand the broad context of an issue or need, to address it in effective and faithful ways, and to ground all of our actions in our desire to be part of God’s activity in the world.
On Wednesday afternoons during the school year, Pullen members tutor students from Wiley International Magnet Elementary School. After tutoring, the students and some of their parents join the Pullen community for our weekly dinner in Finlator Hall. Regular and substitute tutors, volunteers for enrichment activities for the students and donations to cover their meals are always needed.
Round Table Fellowship
Round Table offers people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity to be the guest of Pullen on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. On these days from 2 – 3 PM we provide snack lunches, subsidized bus tickets, a lite afternoon meal, and hospitality. Pullen supports this work through food donations, monetary gifts, and volunteer energy. This ministry provides the hundred or more guests that weekly walk through our doors with an attentive ear and kind word as we find meaningful ways to build community. Volunteers are always welcome.
Support Circles for Women Experiencing Homelessness
A generous gift to Pullen’s outreach ministries has allowed us to partner with other congregations to create “support circles” for single women experiencing homelessness. Through Catholic Charities’ Support Circle Program, groups of 5-6 people encourage and assist employed women who are transitioning from homelessness to stable housing. The goal is to help these women become independent within a year. There are multiple ways to help so we always welcome new volunteers.
Congregations for Social Justice
Pullen is an active member of this multi-faith, multi-racial coalition of local faith communities working in solidarity to create a better Raleigh by affecting public policy that benefits all people. Task groups of CSJ focus on affordable housing and prisoner re-entry. New participants are always welcome.
The Hope Center at Pullen
In 2008 Pullen created a nonprofit organization called The Hope Center at Pullen to oversee outreach being developed for the new dedicated missions space in our building addition. Today the Hope Center provides mentoring and life skills training for more than 100 youth who are aging out of the foster care system. At THC young people receive the support they need to access available housing and educational services along with counseling and support to help them become productive members of the community. Volunteer partner/mentors and contributions to support the work of the Hope Center are always needed.
Contact: Pat Hielscher
Other Hands-on Projects
Periodically throughout the year, Pullen people gather on Saturdays to volunteer with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, work in a community garden or serve clients at Catholic Parish Outreach or other local organizations to provide assistance in food distribution, repairing homes and other hands-on projects. More information about local outreach can be found in the Community Ministry brochure.
Reaching out to each other and the world is the focus of Pullen Mission Women. In monthly Circles women meet for fellowship, support, devotions, and informative, inspirational programs. The Circles respond to local and international needs through financial assistance, in-kind gifts, and direct assistance. PMW also joins with other women through Church Women United programs.
Contact: Sharron Underwood
Care of Creation
This group seeks to explore, understand and honor the interconnectedness of God’s varied creation. Combined with the Care of Creation Sunday school class, it serves as a place of support and inspiration for those who feel called to integrate their spiritual life with a lifestyle that is less consumptive, more ecologically sustainable and more in harmony with all of life.
Meeting time: Sundays at 9:45 AM
Contact: Karen Delahunty
Peace and Justice
This group addresses current peace and justice issues, acting on some, encouraging the congregation on others, and offering small grants to support organizations that follow God’s call for peace and justice. It also sponsors our annual Peace Sunday each February. Periodic after-worship lunch programs on various justice issues are planned for 2016-2017.
Meeting time: First Sundays at 12:15 PM
Contact: Martha Ellington
Housing Stability Mission Group
This group supports the ministries we offer to persons experiencing homelessness. Some members of the group called Co-workers are currently engaged in hands-on support for persons who are or have been living on our city’s streets. Anyone who is interested in the issues of homelessness and affordable housing and especially those who would like to partner with our neighbors who struggle to stay housed is encouraged to join this group.
Meeting time: Third Sundays at 12:15 PM
Contact: Cathy Tamsberg
Pullen has five international partners in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, and the former Soviet Union. Each represents a friendship with courageous people who serve as our teachers as we partner together to promote God’s justice in our world. More information about our partners can be found in the International Partnerships brochure.
Pullen is a member of the worldwide reconciliation network of the Community of the Cross of Nails. This partnership is facilitated by our Cross of Nails Reconciliation Fellowship which promotes reconciliation within the Pullen community and beyond.
Contact: Erin Newton
The Cuba Mission Group maintains and nurtures the twenty-seven year relationship between Pullen and the First Baptist Church in Matanzas.
Contact: Vickie Leigh or Laurie Cone
The Nicaragua Partnership Group supports our collaboration with ABC medical missionaries Laura and David Parajon, who develop community-based health care in rural Nicaraguan villages through their nonprofit AMOS Health and Hope.
Contact: Deb Norton/Jonathan Sledge
Republic of Georgia
Our partnership with Peace Cathedral in Tbilisi expands our understanding of the needs and
challenges of doing vital community ministry in the post-Soviet era.
Contact: James Crook
Our relationship with Baptists in Zimbabwe is centered in the Zimbabwe Theological Seminary, a new ecumenical institution training men and women, laity and clergy, for vital ministry in their troubled nation.
Contact: Nathan Powers
Kentucky Mission Trip
In the summer of 2017, Pullen adults and youth will again journey to Hazard, Kentucky to assist local families with home repair. Participants will work through the Perry County Housing Development Alliance to perform repairs on homes in remote parts of the county. They will sleep in housing provided by a local church and prepare their own meals. The date of the trip and more information will be forthcoming in the PullenNews and Sunday Updates. All are welcome.
Contact: Brian Crisp
All Pullen members and friends are invited to be part of our outreach ministries. As a volunteer, you can:
- Join a mission group
- Join a Pullen Mission Women Circle
- Participate in the mission trip to Kentucky
- Become a volunteer or mentor through the Hope Center
- Bring food for Urban Ministries or for Round Table lunches
- Contribute to mission offerings or the bus ticket fund for our Round Table Ministry
- Write letters or emails to decision-makers about peace and justice issues
- Tutor a child through the Wiley-Pullen Partnership
- Visit one of our international partners with a group of Pullen pilgrims
- Become a member of a support circle to assist a person experiencing homelessness.
For more information, contact:
Brian Crisp, Community Ministry Coordinator
Cathy Tamsberg, Associate Pastor