Serving in the Community
Highland Community Ministries
As a member of Highland Community Ministries (HCM), a portion of Advent’s yearly income is allocated to supporting HCM. This ecumenical non-profit organization unites 26 churches in faith, fellowship, and ministries within the Highlands. It was the first ecumenical ministry in Louisville and Jefferson County. It is now one of 16 such ministries in Jefferson County. Since April 1970, Highlands Community Ministries has been providing full-time ministries to people of all ages in the Highlands including services for the elderly, low income assistance, counseling, day care, adult day center, sports programs, enrichment classes, and interfaith dialogues.
Among the HCM programs in which Advent participates are the Empty Bowl program, Blessings in a Backpack, collection of Back-to-School Supplies, the Angel Tree, and the Summer Sampler visitation of religious services in the Highlands.
For more information about Highlands Community Ministries, call (502) 451-3695 or visit HCM’s website at https://www.hcmlouisville.org/.
The Urban Partnership was formed in 2014 to support and strengthen new and ongoing ministry within the urban neighborhoods of Louisville, Kentucky. Churches within the consortium are Christ Church Cathedral, Calvary, St. George’s, Our Merciful Savior, Church of the Advent, St. Thomas, St. Andrew’s, St. Clement’s House Church, and St. Paul’s. Laundry Love and the Fall Neighborhood Picnic are two Urban Partnership programs in which Advent participates. Several of the congregations in the Urban Partnership, including Advent, also participate in the Louisville Pride Festival.
Louisville Pride Festival
The Louisville Pride Festival on Bardstown Road (between Grinstead and Beechwood) is an all-day event that takes place in September. The fourth annual festival in 2018 had 130 vendors. In 2019 the festival took place on September 21 from 11 am to 11 pm. See more photos.
The festival benefits local youth programs and a shelter for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Advent shares a booth with other area Episcopal churches and distributes tote bags and information about the churches.
St. George’s Scholar Institute
Located in west Louisville, St. George’s Scholar Institute aspires to help build its community and surrounding neighborhoods through tireless efforts to become a full service community resource center. Through empowerment of youth, partnerships with resources and dedication to its mission, it offers a wide spectrum of services, including feeding the hungry, educating the uneducated, nurturing the youth and advocating healthy lifestyles for all. For more information, visit the St. George’s Scholar Institute website at http://www.stgeorgesky.org/.
Sowers of Justice
Sowers of Justice is an active network of faith communities and individuals working for social justice. Through nonviolent action, organizing, education, and advocacy, we strive for economic and racial justice, environmental integrity, and peace for all. The Sowers of Justice was initially formed to create a network of communities and individuals to work to fulfill the imperatives of Christian faith for social justice and reclaim Christian values through dialogue and action on peace and justice issues. More recently our vision and network expanded to be inclusive of the wisdom of other faith traditions and communities as we advocate for social justice.