The mission of the Social Responsibility Committee (SRC) is to mobilize BCEC members to live out their faith by actively sharing the love, justice, and mercy of God as exemplified by Jesus Christ. We provide opportunities to serve, support, and be educated about God’s love for those who are in need, mainly through supporting programs, stewarding the charity fund, and hosting the annual Social Responsibility Conference.
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Indoor Plant Workshop
When: Saturday, April 30, 2022 2:30-4:00pm
Where: 120 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118
“Green Grace” Conference Follow Up: Global 6K for Water
During BCEC’s 2021 conference on climate change, we learned that the effects of climate change impact poorer global communities disproportionately. One of those impacts is unpredictable and diminishing access to clean water. In fact, around 800 children will die each day from not having clean water, and others have to walk 6 kilometers just to get water that makes them sick. To take action, the Social Responsibility Committee invites friends to join us to raise funds toward providing clean water.
Walk, run or push a stroller on May 21, 2022, with your household or small group for our virtual 6K event!
Social Responsibility Movie Night: “Paris to Pittsburgh”
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
In August 2021, many Haitians in the Les Cayes region lost their homes and lives due to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. There’s ongoing need after the earthquake, especially in rebuilding homes. The Social Responsibility Committee invited brothers and sisters in 2021 to give to a special offering with the goal of collecting $20,000 towards World Relief’s work to rebuild homes in a joint enterprise with Habitat for Humanity. It cost about $1,000 to repair a house and $5,000 to rebuild a house.
2) What is World Relief doing in Haiti?
World Relief has been working in this area since 2016 and has a well-established network of 75 churches. Thanks to this foundation, hundreds of church and community volunteers worked together to meet the needs of their communities in the aftermath of the quake.
3) What would our donation to World Relief contribute towards?
World Relief will be working together with Habitat for Humanity to repair and rebuild homes. It costs $1,066 to repair a house and $5,333 to completely rebuild a house.
4) What is the process for World Relief’s home building?
“We prioritized delivering aid to the most vulnerable families who were the most affected by the disaster. This included the poorest families whose homes had been destroyed or seriously damaged, as well as single-parent families, the elderly, and homes with disabled family members.”
Over the next 6-12 months, engineers will examine houses to recommend repair and rebuilding strategies. Local builders will be trained how to “build back better” – improving houses so they will be earthquake and hurricane resistant.
5) What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.
Social Responsibility Conference 2021
“Green Grace: Christian Love through Environmental Stewardship”
March 19 to 21 and March 26 to 28
We hope that God will speak to us during the conference so that we may:
- Be engaged and informed in responding to this global need
- Be good Christian witnesses in actively addressing this crisis, so that people may see the love of Christ through our actions
Visit the conference website for more information at bcec.net/src2021.
Movie Night: Cooked: Survival by Zip Code
We hosted our second SR Movie Night on Feb. 20, 2021, a free presentation of the documentary “Cooked: Survival by Zip Code,” which focuses on the deadly heat wave in Chicago in 1995 that killed more than 700 individuals. We also had a discussion about the documentary after the showing.
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Highlight of events and ministry opportunities organized by SRC:
Community Service Mini-Grant
A mini-grant program has been set up to encourage members of the congregation to develop new community service projects. To download details and application form, please click here. Previous funded projects are described in BCEC Connections.
Boston Rescue Mission
Serve Sunday dinners at Boston Rescue Mission and connect in conversations with the homeless in the city. Please click here to view a certificate of appreciation presented to our church by Boston Rescue Mission to thank all past volunteers. To volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- All serving dates canceled due to pandemic capacity restrictions. We continue to financially support Boston Rescue Mission from the Charity Fund.
The Local Evangelism Department (LED) and Social Responsibility Ministry (SRM) partner to put together an event to give away donated gently used and cleaned items to our neighbors and get to know them. We have separate event dates for Chinatown and Newton Campuses. Stay tuned for the next time when you can donate your items or help out at the event!
Child Sponsorship via World Vision
BCEC continues to partner with World Vision to support the Minakulu, Uganda Area Development Program through child sponsorship. To sponsor a child, call World Vision at 1-888-511-6443 and request to sponsor a child (you will be asked to provide the Minakulu ADP number: 191891). For more information on the Minakulu ADP, click here.
Grace Community Empowerment (GCE)
(In the Philippines.) BCEC continues to partner with GCE (founded by our BCEC missionary, Sharon Tan Pastre) to minister to the poorest of the poor in Cebu, Philippines. Last December, BCEC members donated over 400 shoeboxes/Ziploc bags filled with items as graduation gifts for children who attend the preschools operated by GCE in the dumpsite and cemetery communities. For more information on GCE ministry, please visit: gceinternational.org. If you would like to further support GCE ministry, please contact email@example.com.
In the past few years, BCEC members have participated in the Boston Hope (formerly called Boston AIDS Africa) events sponsored by World Vision to assemble Caregiver Kits to be delivered to those caring for HIV and AIDS victims in Africa and needs in other parts of the world. To further our support, BCEC members also give to sponsor caregiver kits.
Organizations that BCEC Charity Fund Supports:
ACCESS – www.chinatownaccess.org.
Boston Center for Biblical Counseling – www.bostonbiblicalcounseling.org.
Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices – www.bostonpregnancychoices.org.
Boston Rescue Mission – www.brm.org.
Chinatown Respite Care – www.chinatownrespite.com.
Chinese Christian Herald Crusades – cchc.org.
Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Boston Education Collaborative – egc.org.
Grace Community Empowerment – www.gceinternational.org.
International Justice Mission – www.ijm.org
Route One Ministry – lovedbyrouteone.org
Silver Lining Foundation – www.slining.org
Sight for Souls – www.sightforsouls.org
World Vision (ad hoc disaster relief) – www.worldvision.org.
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2021 – Green Grace: Christian Love through Environmental Stewardship (Speakers: Rev. Ben Lowe, Dr. Amos Tai, Dr. Derek Yam)
2018 – Trafficking Hope (Speakers: IJM’s Richard Lee and Jon Good; Rev. John Chiang, Minorities for Christ International)
2016 – Justice 101: Biblical Justice and Race (Speakers: Dr. Mark Harden; Mako Nagasawa; Bak Fun Wong)
2015 – Boston Hope at BCEC
2014 – God’s Heart for Children (Speakers: Mako Nagasawa; Philip Siu)
2013 – Season of Service (April-June, service projects throughout Boston/Newton)
2012 – Christian Response to Immigrants (Speakers: Alvin Padilla, GCTS; Pastors Matthew Ding and Jiang-Ming Lin , Church of Grace to Fujianese)
2011 – Our Father’s World (Speakers: Ed Brown, Care of Creation; Ming Zhang, Gordon College)
2010 – The Hole in Our Gospel – (Speaker: Terry Olson, World Vision)
2009 – Spend Yourself – (Speakers: Mako Nagasawa; Bak Fun Wong)
2008 – Who’s Your Neighbor? (Chicago Pui Tak Center)
2007 – AIDS – (World Relief)
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Pastor Kenneth Kwong, Minister Steve Liu (chair), Jay Leung, Stormy Leung, Elysia Moy, John Wong, Ling-Mei Wong