by Annanda Barclay
A sermon by Associate Pastor Rev. Annanda Barclay....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 Earth Day Sunday, one of Cool Planet’s recommended actions was to offset your carbon usage for airplane travel by making a donation to Canopy, a local organization who “plants and cares for trees where people need them most”. On this Fifth Sunday, July 29, staff from Canopy will be with us to tell us about the environmental benefits of trees and also the environmental justice aspects of “growing greener, healthier communities”. Then they will lead us on a tree walk around our neighborhood, so that we have a chance to fulfill one of our other Earth Day commitments: to spend some time each day appreciating the wonder of God’s creation. We will start the event immediately following the 10:30 Worship Service in the Lounge, where we will serve a light lunch.
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. Signup information will be available soon. Here’s a picture of last year’s team:
Members of the Social Justice Ministry team have been attending various events around Santa Clara County 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.