Hands and Feet is an initiative to highlight and support local and national efforts of the PCUSA to facilitate change and communicate God’s love.
End Cash Bail
Thousands of people across the country currently sit in a jail cell awaiting their day in court. Many will spend months for the opportunity to stand before a judge to argue their case. For those facing charges on misdemeanor or minor crimes, it places an unfair burden when they are unable to post bail. Instead of providing for their families while they await their case, they’re stuck behind bars leaving their families with no means of financial support.
Mass incarceration is at an all-time high, unjustly criminalizing low-income communities and communities of color, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Why End Cash Bail?
What You Need to Know About Ending Cash Bail
From the Center for American Progress – Read a brief overview of what cash bail is, its impact, and efforts & obstacles to pretrial reform.
The Bail Project
Spearheading the nationwide work to “end cash bail and create a more just, equitable, and humane pretrial system”, the Bail Project has been a model of how transformation can be done “one person at a time”.
What if We Ended the Injustice of Bail?
TED Talk -Robin Steinberg, CEO of the Bail Project, discusses the injustice of the bail system and the call for FREEDOM to be FREE.
What is Hands and Feet?
We are called upon to be the “Hands and Feet of Christ.” Envisioned by the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), this grassroots initiative aims to bring about change in communities across the country.
Hands and Feet was created to expand the work of General Assembly and build on the community work that congregations, mid councils, and the denomination’s national office are already doing. Its focus is to expand the work of the General Assembly beyond the meeting itself and into the communities to “proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in action.”
It’s Nelson’s vision that those who participate in Hands and Feet will take this ministry back into their own communities and find new ways to meet needs and show God’s love at home.
Hands and Feet’s vision was realized leading up to and during the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in St. Louis, Missouri, with community mission experiences coordinated through AMEN St. Louis, a ministry of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church. The program’s success led to an expansion of Hands and Feet to include a fellowship program in Baltimore, the host city for the 224th General Assembly (2020).
For the 225th General Assembly (2022), Hands and Feet is lifting up the initiative’s focus on ending cash bail, with a special event on July 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (EDT). More information is available on the GA225 Website.
-The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly speaks at a Hands & Feet event at the 223rd General Assembly (2018).