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Christian Social Concerns

The Christian Social Concerns Department promotes and informs discussions of social issues, taking stands as necessary informed by our faith.  The department focuses on the following areas:

  1. Criminal justice (including capital punishment)
  2. Economic justice (especially poverty and welfare reform)
  3. Elderly
  4. Environmental justice
  5. Housing
  6. Racial justice

  Inquire at to learn about any resolution on specific issues.

An Emergency Fuel Bank that has helped hundreds of families in our county who are unable to adequately heat their homes.  Our funds are distributed by the STEP Outreach Office and is one of the resources they draw from when people come in search of assistance.  The persons we help have no other resources available to pay for fuel.  They have exhausted the state and federal funds available to them, and do not fit into any other programs.  They receive extensive budget counseling as part of the process of determining the assistance available to them. 

We sponsor an annual, county wide Church World Service Blanket and Kit Collection in the spring of the year.  Churches are encouraged to work during the winter months to make the school kits, health kits, and baby kits that are provided to people in all parts of the world who are facing the disaster of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and war.  Churches are also encouraged to collect funds to purchase blankets.  We provide a collection site in Lycoming County the first Saturday in May. Items are then transported to a Church World Service collection site in Harrisburg. More information about the kits can be found on the resource page.

CROP Walk is one way we work together to meet local and world hunger needs.  In Lycoming County there are currently five walks, all held the second Sunday in October. Walks are held in Williamsport, Jersey Shore, East Lycoming, Montgomery and Trout Run.  Each offer a three, six and ten mile routes and the opportunity for people to walk for those who must walk many long hard miles for the food they eat and the water they drink.  Educational information about CROP Walk is provided on the Church World Service Site.  For information on how to reach one of the five local CROP Walk Chairpersons contact United Churches at

Shepherd of the Streets

United Churches Center City Food Pantry