Faith in Action

The Presbyterian Church in Chinatown had its origins in an immigrant community greatly marginalized by the broader American society and, from its very beginnings, defined itself through its response to profound social needs in the surrounding world. The Rev. Dr. William Speer, the church's founding minister, opened a dispensary and a school at the church; published The Oriental, the first English/Chinese bilingual newspaper in the United States; and fought for the repeal of an anti-Chinese mining tax. True to this original emphasis on prophetic faith at work in society, the church has established a long tradition of supporting social services, including education, low-income housing, health services, and youth programs. Its century-old partnership with Donaldina Cameron House (Christian social services and youth programs) and its quarter-century role as the sponsor of the Mei Lun Yuen housing project are only two of many examples of the type of social action at the center of the church's mission. 150 years after its founding, the church has committed to a major remodeling and expansion of its 96-year-old landmark building to increase its ability to partner with and minister to the local community.

信心的實踐

 

華埠長老會源起於博大的美國社會所排斥的移民社區,一開始,她就從回應四周圍復雜的社會需求中給自己定位。威廉。士比牧師,這位教會的創建者,開辦了藥房和學校;出版了美國第一份名為“東涯新錄”的中英文雙語報紙;並為抗禦反華的礦工稅法而不懈奮鬥。像先賢一樣,教會忠心地奉行為社會服務的理念,一直贊助教育事業、爭取低收入人士住屋、醫藥健康服務和青年工作。整整一個世紀中與金美倫堂(社會服務部和青年部)緊密合作;在長達廿五年中為美鄰園低收入住房計劃贊助呼籲。這些僅僅是教會使命中參與社會行動的兩個例子。現時,在教會成立一百五十週年之際,她致力於改造及擴建可作華埠地標、已有九十六年歷史的古老樓宇,提升自身能力,俾能與華人社區更好合作並服務人群。