A Season of Peace: Proclaiming Christ’s Peace

The Peace and Global Witness Offering will be received on World Communion Sunday, October 1.

Presbyterians are proclaiming Christ’s peace around the world, even in the face of great danger – thanks in part to the Peace & Global Witness Offering.
• Reconciling and rebuilding South Sudan: Since gaining its independence, South Sudan has been embroiled in a violent civil war that has deepened ethnic divides. In a country of 12 minion people, 3.5 million have been displaced, and 6 million people face starvation due to war-induced famine. Presbyterians are collaborating with church partners like RECONCILE in the region on a peace-building initiative, which provides conflict resolution and reconciliation training along with disaster relief and assistance with rebuilding war-torn communities.
• Providing a warm welcome in San Francisco: Recently the UN released a report that 65.3 million people were displaced from their homes by violence or persecution. Most distressing is that 51% of those are children. Presbyterians are working to make a difference for those displaced by violence. Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco helped raise more than $20,000 to buy and deliver 5000 teddy bears to Syrian refugee children in Jordan. The Presbytery of San Francisco and 7 of its congregations contributed nearly $24,000 from peacemaking funds to support work resettling refugees in the Oakland area.
• Your gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering works to address the risks to peace around the world. 25% of the offering remains with our congregation to support local peace making efforts.