SPECIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA) OFFERING
Peace & Global Witness
In the closing of the second letter to the Thessalonian church — a community distracted by division, hopelessness, and fear— Paul proclaims a blessing to calm all anxiety: “May the Lord of peace . . . give you peace at all times in all ways.”
Story of Impact
Congregations Nurture Neighborliness Across Ethnic, Racial and Religious Lines
Just days after the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2016, Rev. Jon Brown found God’s reassuring peace in the presence of several dozen children at Old Bergen Church in Jersey City, NJ. His congregation was hosting a peace camp gathering for elementary-aged children with help from local Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations.
“To see children of different races, ethnicities, and faith traditions, singing, laughing, and creating together was a powerful medicine,” Brown says. The children learned about ways to resolve conflicts and how to handle angry and sad feelings. They talked and dreamed together about what and who makes up a good neighborhood and how they can be good neighbors.
Across the U.S., Presbyterians are helping shape peaceful and neighborly communities. Your gifts to the Peace & Global Witness Offering help continue this work of building a peaceful world – in our communities nearby and around the world.
The Peace & Global Witness will be received
at APC on World Communion Sunday, October 6, 2019.