Social Justice Ministry at First Pres is a group of individuals committed to acting out our faith by working for positive change in our community and throughout the world. Micah’s call is our core theological affirmation, providing a framework for all that we do.
We take seriously the call of Jesus both to “feed the hungry and clothe the naked” and also to identify, make visible, challenge, and change the systems of injustice in our world.
Our work and our giving focus on maximum impact toward achieving our mission. Our primary commitment is to work with and support well-managed nonprofit groups that are effective in working toward justice and social change. For a summary of the groups we supported in 2017, click here.
We sponsor numerous events so that our congregation can engage in Hands-On Social Justice Ministry. Please take a look at “What We Do” below to find fun ways to help out weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly…
Our committee meets monthly, usually after the main service on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We’d love to have you join us. If you have questions, please contact the Session member for Social Justice Ministry.
On our Fifth Sunday, July 29, staff from Canopy taught us about the environmental benefits of trees and also the environmental justice aspects of “growing greener, healthier communities”. Then they led us on a tree walk around our campus and neighborhood, so that we had a chance to fulfill one of our Earth Day commitments: to spend some time each day appreciating the wonder of God’s creation.
On Sunday October 7, a First Pres CROP Hunger Walk team will once again raise funds for Church World Service and the Ecumenical Hunger Project. The walk begins at 2pm at Nealon Park in Menlo Park; come earlier to register and for food for the journey. You can choose a .6 or 2 mile walk or a 5 mile run. NOTE: this activity will replace on usual 5th Sunday activity for September. It’s a very pleasant way to spend a part of a Sunday afternoon, walking through some shaded neighborhoods of Menlo Park and having time to get to know fellow walkers. At the top of this page is a picture of last year’s team. You can sign up to join the team or donate at http://cropwalk2018.com/