peacemaking team

Our Peacemaking Team was one of the first to be organized around the PC(USA)’s Presbyterian Peacemaking Committee. The goal of Peacemaking is to assist members of our congregation to engage in peacemaking ministries that promote peace within ourselves, in our communities, around the world and with Earth. Our efforts are directed toward non-violence, social justice and environmental concerns through raising awareness and providing opportunities for action. Recognizing the interconnectedness of all things, our projects include:


PEACEMAKING TABLE - RAISING AWARENESS * PIES FOR PEACE * MEDITATIONS FOR PEACE * FULL MOON MEDITATIONS * STREAM CLEAN-UPS * NATURE HIKES * ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIVING * PLANTING A PEACE POLE * GREEN CONGREGATION COVENANT * RECYCLING * GREEN TABLE (DONATIONS FOR GARDEN PRODUCE SUPPORT “GREEN” PROJECTS) * PARTICIPATION IN GREEN INTERFAITH NETWORK, INC. (GINI) * SPONSORING WORKSHOPS


Pictured at left is the Boroko Village Project - The Peacemaking Team began a relationship with Boroko Primary School in 2011 through Dr. Kip Elolia of Emmanuel Christian Seminary, who is a native of the region. The school (grades 1-8) has about 450 girls and boys.  Boroko project successes include:


* PHASE 1: Raised money to pipe fresh water from a nearby spring to the  school.

* PHASE 2: Installed a grinding mill at the school; profits from the mill help buy lunch for the school children. 

* PHASE 3: Upgraded the spring house and water lines; purchased materials for the children to grow tree seedlings (protecting the hillside from erosion).  

* PHASE 4: Improved the water system; planted a food garden which supplements their lunch program. 

* PHASE 5: Purchased desks for students. 

* PHASE 6: Our goal is to purchase more desks and solar panels for the school.


peacemaking social justicE outreach

Some of the projects at FPCe include:

  • Letter-writing campaigns to our elected representatives
  • Women's March
  • Healthcare for all in TN
  •  “We Choose Welcome” - supporting the Syrian Refugee crisis by writing/calling TN representatives.
  • 10,000 Villages - This Craft Sale (from artisans around the world) takes place each year at FPCe. This is a great way to buy high-quality, hand-made, unique gifts - often from reclaimed materials (also known as “up-cycling”) or sustainably harvested resources. The event provides fair income to Third World communities by marketing their handicrafts.    


"Year of the bird"

April's featured Bird action: One-hundred years ago, our country's most important bird-protection law was signed. Since then, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act has saved countless birds' lives from human threats. Back then, hunters and poachers were the biggest concerns. Now, industrial hazards such as oil pits and power lines endanger birds daily. Thanks to the MBTA, industries must work to prevent bird deaths caused by their activities and equipment.


Despite all of the MBTA's success, though, the current Administration and some in Congress are trying to weaken the law by giving a free pass to industries. From nefarious language in bills to a damaging new interpretation of the Act, the MBTA is under attack. So, as migrants return to your yard this spring, don't just help them with bird seed and water. Speak up for birds by showing your support for a strong MBTA. To read more about the MBTA, its history, and the dangers industrial traps pose to birds, check out this month's featured posts.


For more information about Audubon's Year of the Bird: http://www.audubon.org/yearofthebird