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As Presbyterians we are called to take an active role in bringing peace and justice to reality. We believe that, together, we can make a positive difference in local, national and world affairs.
Each year the Peacemaking Committee arranges for a guest preacher to be with us on Peacemaking Sunday in October. It also typically sponsors a 3-week forum series in October. Information on these programs can be found on the Adult Education page. In recent years the committee has advocated against gun violence, supported the efforts of Heeding God's Call, given an annual Student Peacemaking Award at Strath Haven High School, and supported several Alternative Christmas Shop projects.
The work of the Peacemaking Committee is funded in large part by the Peace and Global Witness Offering, a special offering created by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and dedicated on Peacemaking Sunday. To learn more about the Peacemaking Offering please visit our Special Offerings page or click on the image (right) to access the PCUSA site.
The Peacemaking Committee maintains a library in the Study containing materials, newsletters, and handouts for those interested in the topic of peace around the world. The Committee also sells West Bank fair trade olive oil periodically during "coffee & fellowship" on Sunday mornings.
We welcome all who are interested in furthering the work of peace and who have new ideas to share to attend our meetings, which are held the second Sunday of each month. Please check the Church Calendar for times, dates and locations. In addition to discussing/planning various projects, committee members also review articles or books of interest for our study and information.
Peacemaking Committee Connections with the Wider Church
Israel Palestine Mission Network
The 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2004 directed the formation of a Worldwide Ministries Division-related Palestine Mission network for the purpose of creating currents of wider and deeper Presbyterian involvement with Palestinian partners, aimed at demonstrating solidarity and changing the conditions that erode the humanity of Palestinians living in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.
One of the members of the SPC committee was invited to attend the initial meeting of this network in April 2005 and for several years served on its steering committee. The network's mission is to engage, consolidate, nourish, and channel the energy in the Presbyterian Church (USA) toward the goal of a just peace in Israel and Palestine by facilitating education, promoting partnerships, and coordinating advocacy. For up to date information on the work of PC(USA) in Israel/Palestine, visit the Presbytery Mission Agency site at PMA.
One of the projects of the network is to support the Palestinian economy. The SPC Peacemaking Committee participates in one of these efforts by selling West Bank fair trade olive oil occasionally during coffee & fellowship after worship.
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news, who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ Isaiah 52:7
Click on the image above to view or download the flyer
on this year's speaker series.
Peace is Possible
For more information on the Peace and Global Witness Offering, and to learn how the funds are used, click on the image above.