As a community, Pilgrim United Church of Christ is actively involved in trying to put faith into action. If you have a heart for helping others, we have social justice teams for you; if you want to join a group that will help you grow in your knowledge and faith, we have those too. Find the group for you below.
Open and Affirming Team
This task force serves to support and advocate the LGBT and AIDS communities of North County and of Pilgrim UCC. The committee educates the community through forums, participates in the San Diego and North County Pride Festivals, and hosts the World AIDS Day Vigil. This team also provides meals for the residents at Fraternity House, and supports the work of the Sanctuary Project Veterans.
Hunger and Poverty Alleviation Ministry Team
This team collaborates with various organizations to educate and engage Pilgrims around local, national and international issues of hunger and poverty alleviation. Partner organizations include Jubilee USA, Bread for the World, Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, a Commodities Program (food distribution), Church World Service CROP Walk, and Interfaith Community Services.
Families in Need Ministry Team
The Families in Need Ministry Team works to support the needs of teen parents, foster children, incarcerated parents, and victims of domestic violence. They also work with the Community Resource Center to collect food, Christmas gifts and raise funds for the social service agency.
Immigration Ministry Team
The Immigration Ministry Team educates and engages Pilgrims around immigration reform, migrant needs, and literacy. The team regularly partners with other congregations to feed migrant workers and educate congregations about immigration through forums, workshops and dialogue training. This team also supports the work of the Carlsbad Literacy Center, hosted at Pilgrim.
Housing and Homelessness Ministry Team
The Housing and Homelessness Ministry Team coordinates Pilgrim’s participation in the Community Resource Center’s Interfaith Shelter Network, Habitat for Humanity projects, Solutions for Change meals, and the Alternative Christmas Faire.
Board of Social Justice
The Board of Social Justice works to keep the congregation informed and involved in community service and advocacy opportunities. They work closely with Justice Overcoming Boundaries (a community organizing nonprofit), and the North County Social Justice Summits coordinated by local congregations. They also serve as the primary support team for the Young Adult Service Communities program.
Do you want to help the church become more social? Then Fellowship might be calling your name. Help plan monthly church-wide events ranging from Salad Sundays to the annual whole church BBQ.
This is a great way for new folks to begin getting to know others at Pilgrim! Groups of approximately 10 people meet monthly to chat over a potluck meal. The dinner location rotates among participants, so everyone gets a chance to host. Group membership shuffles every January, but you can join an existing group mid-year.
These small groups (8-10 people) meet regularly to discuss topics of faith and values and to encourage each other in our faith journeys. Different circles focus on discussions about life journeys, spiritual questions, comparative religion, and similar topics that promote spiritual growth.