The Committee for Social Justice

Why We Exist


As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called both individually and collectively to fearlessly apply our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression.  We are a committee of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Saint Andrews Session, committed to becoming a church who lives out God’s work of justice in the world, authorized the formation of the Committee for Social Justice in August 2020.

The committee focuses on raising awareness of social issues through education and discussion, and supports meaningful Christ-centered action to end injustice in our society.  The committee believes that we are called to act on our beliefs and work to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate injustice.

Our Initiatives

Matthew 25 Exploration

Saint Andrews is exploring what it would mean to become a Matthew 25 church. The Matthew 25 initiative is a bold vision for the engagement of the church in the world.

Gun Violence Prevention

The Gun Violence Prevention Group has the goals of promoting gun safety, learning  the data around gun deaths, and educating ourselves on pertinent, upcoming legislation. 

Equitable Education

The Education Group seeks to learn about inequity in our educational system and encourage action for equality-based change. We focus in on key local and state issues.

Anti-Racism Efforts

The Racism Issue Group is committed to developing programs, classes and resources to address racism in ourselves and society in order to seek a more just community.

Steering Committee

The steering committee is responsibile for coordinating the work of the issue groups and other working functions of the committee.

  • Michael Schley, Committee Chair and Elder
  • Lori Edwards, Committee Vice Chair
  • Julie Cazin, Education Issues Group Co-Leader
  • Judy Ice, Education Issues Group Co-Leader
  • Katie Hirscher, Matthew 25 Issue Group Leader
  • John Fisher, Gun Violence Prevention Issue Group Co-Leader
  • Harry Hurd, Gun Violence Prevention Issue Group Co-Leader
  • Jessica Brueggeman, Communication Leader

Meeting Times

The committee alternates general committee meetings with steering committee metings and special program, with meetings generally scheduled for the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm. Meetings are usually held on Zoom. For more information, contact Committee Chair Mike Schley at

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