“Liberation at the Table”
by Annanda Barclay
A sermon by Associate Pastor Annanda Barclay (preaching text: Exodus 32:1-14 and Matthew 22:1-14)...Download
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 have 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 one of the Session members on the Social Justice Ministry team.
On Sunday Dec 31, a Fifth Sunday, we will gather after worship in the 1st Pres kitchen to prepare two kinds of chili. We will share fellowship during preparation, then eat some of the chili together and prepare the rest for freezing, so that it can be given to our families who need a meal in a time of crisis.
On Wednesday Dec 13, our Christmas Connections project will sponsor a party at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Click here for details.
In August 2017, First Pres became certified as a Hunger Action Congregation by the PC(USA) Hunger Program, based on many of our activities described below.
Members of the Social Justice Ministry team have been attending various events around Santa Clara County recently to get a better understanding of immigration and sanctuary issues at the national, county, and municipal levels. To read a summary of what they’ve learned, click here.
Every Fifth Sunday after church, we host an inter-generational hands-on Social Justice activity. In January we packed 10,000 meals for refugees for Stop Hunger Now. In April, in conjunction with Cool Planet’s Earth Day celebration, we had a cooking demonstration/tasting/talk about the effect of using sustainable local food. In July, we packed 300 lunches for First Pres San Jose’s Front Door Ministry, and in October we packed 72 hygiene bags for Corazon in Healdsburg, a group providing support to fire victims.
On December 21, 2016, Session voted unanimously to become a Peace Church. Please read the resolution here.