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Peace & Social Justice

Commitment to Peacemaking

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church has been committed to peacemaking since the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program was initiated in the 1980’s. The ministry engages in advocating for social, environmental and economic justice, supporting servant leaders and equipping Presbyterians for discipleship following Jesus.

The General Assembly has affirmed in Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling that God’s peace giving is central to the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The document states that:

  • The Church is faithful to Christ when it is engaged in peacemaking.
  • The Church is obedient to Christ when it nurtures and equips God’s people as peacemakers.
  • The Church bears witness to Christ when it nurtures the moral life of the nation for the sake of peace in the world.

For more information on SVPC's Peace and Social Justice ministry, contact the .

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PEACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVITIES

Activities of SVPC's Peace and Social Justice Committee include:

  • Promoting participation in the annual Peacemaking Offering.
  • Making available Fair Trade products.
  • Holding peace vigils.
  • Advocating for peace and social justice by contacting elected officials.

For more information about the activities of the Peace and Social Justice Committee stop by the Write On! Advocacy Center located in Trinity Court after the 10 a.m. service.

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Fair Trade Products

Fair Trade products are a justice issue, providing a living wage to the people who produce these products. We serve Fair Trade Coffee as part of the PC(USA) Presbyterian Coffee Project. To order Fair Trade products complete one of the forms below and drop off your completed order form on the first Sunday of the month after the 10 a.m. service at Action Central located in Trinity Court.

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Social Justice Funds

In 1986 the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Peacemaking Committee initiated a $500 scholarship to be awarded annually to a church member of any age who is presently engaged in or is actively planning to participate in a cause or course of study that will in some way contribute to peace and justice in the local, national or world community. The course of study may take the form of preserving human dignity, mediating differences, healing wounds, nurturing relationships, or maintaining the beauty and integrity of God’s earth.

The scholarship was named in honor of Helen Ramsburg, a long-time member of the church. Ms. Ramsburg followed a life-long pattern of interest and involvement in social issues and was very active in our church and peacemaking.

A completed Helen Ramsburg Peace Scholarship application may be placed in the Peacemaking Box in the church mailroom each year by May 15.

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CHARLIE JENSEN LECTURESHIP

The Mission and Service Ministry Area established this Social Justice lecture series to honor Charles Jensen. Mr. Jensen and his wife, Betty, became members of the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church in 1977.

Charlie was instrumental in the formation of the Peacemaking and Social Justice committee at Sunnyvale Presbyterian and participated in the actions of that group until his passing in 2008. Charlie was an inspiration in the church, presbytery and the national organization as a leader in peacemaking.

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