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 World Communion and Peacemaking Sunday, usually the first Sunday in October. It also typically sponsors a forum series that begins on Peacemaking Sunday and continues for several weeks in October. Information on these programs can be found on the Adult Education page. In recent years the committee has also sponsored various forums, 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 Peacemaking Offering, a special offering created by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and received on Peacemaking Sunday. To learn more about the Peacemaking Offering please visit our Special Offerings page or the Peacemaking Offering page on 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" after worship.
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 at 11:30 a.m. Please check the Church Calendar for exact dates and locations. In addition to discussing various projects, committee members also review articles or books of interest for our study and information.
Peacemaking Committee Connections with the Wider Church
Presbytery of Philadelphia
Members of the SPC Peacemaking Committee have been active over the years with the Presbytery of Philadelphia’s Peacemaking Committee.
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 “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 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 more information, go to http://www.israelpalestinemissionnetwork.org.
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.