About Peacemaking at Third Church
The Peacemaking Mission Team supports
the Presbyterian Commitment to Peacemaking, which calls us to
be peacemakers in these general ways: worship, prayer and bible
study, global security, study and response to global issues,
receiving the Peacemaking Offering, making peace on earth, and
peacemaking in families and in community living. Third Church
has been a Peacemaking Congregation since 1987 when the Session
signed the Presbyterian Commitment to Peacemaking.
As peacemakers, we are all called in many ways to seek peace and justice.
The Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
helps with interpretive resources. The Peacemaking Mission Team at Third Church seeks to provide a focus and support for peacemaking within the congregation,
the community, and in the world.
Within the past few years, peacemaking
at Third Church has spawned, local anti-violence efforts, our
Kenya church partnership, Middle East peace, interfaith Dialogue,
and the Jim Rice Essay Contest, Building Bridges.
Interfaith Dialog (Faith to Faith)
An Interfaith Dialogue Group has been
formed with members of Temple B'rith Kodesh and the Islamic Center
of Rochester. This group, called Faith to Faith, seeks to include
Christian, Jewish, and Muslim perspectives. Faith to Faith members
hope for a secure and just peace that is respectful of both Israel
Faith to Faith members meet regularly
to foster better understanding between people of different faiths.
Faith to Faith also sponsors community events to promote understanding.
Past events have included Israeli storyteller, Noa Baum: A
Land Twice Promised and also the Salaam/Shalom Film Series.
In 2011, Faith to Faith members traveled
together to Israel/Palestine, where they heard from Israelis and
Palestinians engaged in seeking peace.
For more information or to join this
or email: FaithToFaithDialog@gmail.com
Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106
Middle East Peace
Christians Witnessing for Palestine
Third Church members support and participate
with local community groups which seek peace in Palestine. Christians Witnessing
for Palestine provides a Christian perspective to the quest for peace,
guided by concern for universal human rights and respect for international
law. Christians Witnessing for Palestine has sponsored lecture events for
the community and also for the laity.
For more information, see: cw4p.org
"Witness Palestine" Film Series
"Witness Palestine" is an annual Rochester
film series at The Little Theatre. The goal of the Film Series
is to help the public understand the issues and to see beyond
stereotypes of the people in the region. "Witness Palestine" is an interfaith effort,
with support from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities.
For more information, see:
Fair Trade Products from Palestine
Fair trade products from the West Bank are a
way for us to promote economic justice for the Palestinian
people and raise awareness at Third Church. The Peacemaking
Mission Team offers fair
trade Palestinian Olive Oil and other products at Coffee Hour.
The Peacemaking Offering is
traditionally received on World Communion Sunday,
usually the first Sunday in October. The Peacemaking Mission team
helps the congregation interpret the Peacemaking Offering.
The Peacemaking Offering supports the
peacemaking efforts of the church at every governing body level
and provides an opportunity to witness to God's gift of peace in
the world. Gifts given to the Peacemaking Offering through a congregation
are divided in the following manner - 25 percent retained by congregations
for support of their own peacemaking ministry; 25 percent used
to support presbytery and synod peacemaking efforts; and 50 percent
forwarded to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian
Mission Agency so that it can continue to provide assistance and
resources for congregations and other bodies of the PC(USA). Online
gifts to the Peacemaking Offering are used on the General Assembly
Our local 25% of the 2013 Peacemaking
Offering will be used by the Third Church Gun Violence Response
Team. For more information about what this team is doing, please
visit their FaceBook page by clicking HERE.
Get Involved in the Peacemaking Efforts
at Third Church
Faith to Faith
Peacemaking email list at Third Church
Visit the web page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tpcWorld_Peacemaking_and_Mission/join
Middle East Peace events
Visit the web
and follow the instructions for
Peacemaking at Third Church - FAQ
What is the Presbyterian Commitment to Peacemaking?
The Commitment to Peacemaking is a commitment made by the church’s governing body (the Session) or other entity.
The Session of Third Church signed the commitment in 1987 along with many other church Sessions in the Genesee Presbytery.
What’s covered by Peacemaking?
Much of what the church does can help promote
Peacemaking: worship, bible study, community ministries, response
to global issues, making peace with the earth, and other activities.
Is it enough to promote peace?
Peace is not simply the absence of violence. As peacemakers, we are also called to work for justice.
Where do we focus our peacemaking at Third Church?
Peacemaking over the years at Third Church has
responded to the times. Focus is important, but over the years
our efforts have been a reflection of the problems facing our
society and our world. For example, peacemaking at Third Church
has included: Amnesty International, Nuclear Freeze, Peacemaking
Conferences, presentation of the Peace Child program, political
action, Memorial Day Parade marchers, human rights in Latin
America, anti-violence work, gun lock distribution, opposition to the death
penalty in NY State, the ‘Beyond Racism’ project, Interfaith Dialogue,
and Mideast Peace.
Recent efforts by the Peacemaking Mission Team have focused on ways to seek justice.
These have included seminars to raise awareness of the resources available in our community to promote "Restorative
Justice", and also "Economic Justice", by educating the congregation of the need to relieve the high concentration of
poverty in Rochester. Planning is underway in 2015 - 2016 for concrete steps we can take in this area. Stay tuned!