Justice Committee

The Mission of the Justice Committee is to promote and advocate for justice in our local community, our church, the PCUSA, and the rest of the world. The Justice Committee provides education and outreach for justice issues in several subcommittees. Carol Chonoska serves as Chair.


Full Inclusion

  • Pridefest March, Booth, and ad in Pride Magazine
  • Support More Light Presbyterians
  • Support Covenant Network
  • “Solidarity Sunday,” celebrated annually in early October
  • Building an Inclusive Church training with Lutherans Concerned

Women and Children Issues

  • “Children’s Sabbath,” celebrated annually in mid-October
  • Legal Forum for Women

Environmental Issues

We routinely inform and stay informed on several key environmental initiatives, including disseminating information to the congregation on recycling/disposal of appliances; following the progress of Marcellus Shale drilling in Western PA and its environmental impact; petitioning the EPA for more stringent regulation of air pollution related to gas drilling.

Human Safety and Dignity Issues

  • Petition for stricter gun laws
  • Meetings held the second Sunday monthly after 11 am worship. New members and new ideas are always welcomed. Contact Carol Chonoska, Justice chair at 724.272.9722. Each subcommittee brings issues or calls to action before the congregation through the Justice Committee. Educational / informational programs are planned throughout the year. Additional information can be found in ELPC’s library (first floor) on the Justice shelf.


The Justice Committee has placed copies in our library of the list of recyclable materials by county and household chemical collection sites. Please help yourself! The church provides bins for recycling of plastic bottles used in the church and paper bulletins.

Reduce your carbon footprint:

Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. (PCSI), offers programs and workshops through their EECO initiative, designed to create changes in your lifestyle that will reduce your carbon footprint and function within the ecological limits of our planet: renewable energy, stormwater management, container herb gardening, composting, energy efficiency tips for your home, water efficiency for your home, basics of recycling. Located at 249 N. Craig St. Pgh, 15213.

Pittsburgh Presbytery’s study group on the environmental impacts of hydrofracturing has compiled a binder of the study materials and resources used, as well as their recommendations – located in the Presbytery Resource Center, and a second binder in our own ELPC library. You are encouraged to peruse this binder and request copies of specific articles. If you are interested in being part of future environmental study groups, please contact Carol Chonoska, chair of Justice Committee 724.272.9722.

For more information about ELPC’s mission ministries, contact The Rev. Patrice Fowler-Searcy, Associate Pastor for Mission Ministries, by email or phone, 412.441.3800 x130; or Kate Carlson, Administrative Assistant, by email or phone, 412.441.3800 x116.