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Racism, Justice and Faith

RACISM, JUSTICE AND FAITH: In the ongoing congregational conversation about racism, justice and faith brought to you by the Adult Education and Formation and the Social Justice committees Read the recent interview of Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson as he talks about the importance of understand history and “truth telling” in healing America. Click on this link Bryan Stevenson on how America can heal.

Update from the Session: Our Path Forward

The following is a letter from Session to SPC Members and Friends regarding our path forward during this pandemic. A printer friendly version is also attached.

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May 26, 2020


Dear SPC Members and Friends,

As our state and country begin to reopen, the Session is continuing to discern the best path forward for SPC. As our collective ministry becomes even more essential, the time  calls for us to be clear about the challenge we face.

Earth Day Resources Flyer

Click on the image below to view the complete flyer and links.

A Pastoral Letter in Response to the Novel Coronavirus

Dear SPC Community,

“In life and death we belong to God.”

Here at SPC we proclaim this good news every Sunday in worship. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, we are asked to proclaim it every day in a new way.

Dedication of PAX Women's Center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

"Today was the opening ceremony for the PAX Women’s Center. It was a long time coming, but it was a complex project". Contributions from SPC, including more than $4,000 raised through the 2019 "Alternative Christmas Gift" program, helped to make this possible.

Update on Faith and Fossil Fuel Divestment Discussion

On Sunday, February 9, the SPC Earth Care team sponsored an informative discussion regarding the PCUSA and fossil fuel divestment with guest speaker Bill McKibben (who participated online).  Approximately 45 people were present at SPC while additional participants joined from the Shenandoah Presbytery and other locations via video conference. Bill McKibben described the urgent challenge of confronting climate change and the importance for organizations to divest from fossil fuels. 

SEE THE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT BRYAN STEVENSON, TRUE JUSTICE, FREE AT SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY

The film chronicles Stevenson’s work in Alabama, birthplace of the civil rights movement and home to the Equal Justice Initiative, as well as the early influences that drove him to become an advocate for the poor and the incarcerated.

Conversations Around Race, Privilege and Faith Continue at SPC

“Antiracist effort is not optional for Christians. It is an essential aspect of Christian discipleship” So declares the churchwide antiracism policy adopted by the 2016 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA, entitled Facing Racism: A Vision of Intercultural Community.

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