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  Matthew 5:9
"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called

the children of God".
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Peacemaking & Social Justice


Equal Exchange Sale | February 11

From 9:30am to 11am and 12:30pm to 1pm

Looking for chocolaty sweets that you can feel good about sharing this Valentine's Day? Try an alternative to conventional chocolates produced in an unfair system (often using child labor on “Big Chocolate” plantations). Equal Exchange’s organic, fairly traded chocolates are made with transparently sourced ingredients grown by small farmer co-ops.

St. Philip’s Peacemaking and Social Justice Committee is offering the chocolate bars you love – and more – for personal purchase on Sunday, February 11, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., in the Gathering Area.

But Equal Exchange chocolates – and Valentine’s Day ideas – come in many forms! Maybe you’d like to surprise your sweetie with their favorite chocolate-covered fruit using Equal Exchange’s semi-sweet chocolate chips. Or you could pick up some bagged dark chocolate minis to hand out in classrooms or to coworkers, or to share at your next community gathering.

And Equal Exchange is more than just chocolate! We will also offer a wide array of coffees, teas, and hot cocoas, and select nuts and fruits, as well as the ever-popular olive oil. (Hint: Come early! Quantities are limited.)

Your purchases support organic farming methods that are gentle on God’s Earth, and investments in regenerative agriculture that help farmers combat climate change. Pre-harvest financing of crops allows farmers to earn a dependable living wage, improve their communities, and remain in their home countries. With your support, Equal Exchange’s alternative trade model works to change our unjust food system. Pretty good return on the price of a chocolate bar!

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  St. Philip bicyclists join the Rev. Omar Rouchon for the blessing of our new bike rack, as part of Green Celebration
Day activities.
Our new solar system was commissioned on July 9, 2020, just in time for some very hot, sunny days. The system, during its first eight days, generated 1,890 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. The average daily solar production was 55% higher than the expected daily production over the course of a year.
As an Earth Care Congregation, St. Philip will continue to be involved in making our buildings and operations, worship services, education, and outreach respectful of the glory of God’s creation.
    Peacemaking and Social Justice alcove
The new Peacemaking and Social Justice alcove is a visible reminder to St. Philip, and a sign to those who visit us, of our longstanding commitment to God’s shalom and to the care of God’s good earth entrusted to us. The next time you leave the Gathering Area, make a point of heading down the carpeted hallway with the benches along the way and stopping for a moment at the small alcove on your right at the end. There you will see a special display of documents demonstrating St. Philip’s commitments to peacemaking and earth care.
We live out our inclusivity by affiliating with two Presbyterian organizations:
    Covenant Network of Presbyterians The mission of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians is to strengthen the church of Jesus Christ, with the help of God's grace. Covenant Network is called to achieve this goal by working for the unity of the church, furthering the inclusion of LGBTQ persons, seeking understanding and reconciliation, and joining with others seeking a still more just and inclusive church.    
  For more information, visit >    
      More Light Presbyterians St. Philip is a “More Light” Presbyterian church. More Light Presbyterians is working toward the full participation of LGBTQIA+ people in the life, ministry, and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) – and in society. For more information, visit    
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  The Commitment to Peacemaking helps us engage individually and collectively
in peacemaking ministries.
Since the introduction of the Commitment, in 1983, more than 4,300 congregations and other groups have affirmed the Commitment and used it to shape faithful and creative ministries of peace and justice. St. Philip has affirmed the Commitment to Peacemaking in 1984, 1992, and 2003. You can see the framed, signed Commitments on the wall at the Welcome Center (between the sanctuary and the gathering area).
  The text is also available by visiting >    
  Information about the PC(USA) Peacemaking Program and its related efforts
is available at
    Information about the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is available at >
Its areas of concern include Israel/Palestine, the Colombia accompaniment program, gun violence prevention, and Fossil Free PC(USA).
    For faithful alternatives to divestment from fossil fuel, visit our > Presbytery page  
    The Presbyterian Office of Public Witness is the public policy information and advocacy office of the General Assembly of the PCUSA).  
    For more information, visit >  
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      The PC(USA) has been involved in Fair Trade since 2001 | all available and on sale at St. Philip    

Each year Equal Exchange gives a portion of proceeds from Presbyterian purchases of coffee, tea and other products to the Presbyterian Small Farmer Fund. Equal Exchange hot cocoa mixes and chocolate bars are available through the Presbyterian Coffee Project. The cacao in Equal Exchange chocolate products comes from CONACADO in the Dominican Republic, COCABO in Panama, CACVRA in Peru, and Fortaleza del Valle co-operative in Ecuador.

Eco-Palms – Sustainably harvested palm branches that pay harvesters fairly are available for your congregation’s use on Palm Sunday. While not currently a Fair Trade certified product, Eco-Palms as an ecumenical program is structured similarly to Fair Trade and operates using Fair Trade principles. Eco-Palms come from cooperatives and harvesting communities in Guatemala and Mexico.



The Presbyterian Coffee Project offers a special link between congregations and communities around the world. Churches reach out to neighbors overseas not only with the prayers and offerings we give, but with the goods and products we purchase. A warm cup of coffee (or tea) in our hands is perhaps the most tangible daily connection we have with farmers around the world. It represents warmth, hospitality, fellowship, hard work and life's pleasures both fine and simple. Buying fair trade through the Presbyterian Coffee Project ensures that more of the money we spend on coffee reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow it. Support small-scale farming cooperatives through the Small Farmer Fund, administered by the Presbyterian Hunger Program.

  We have been notified that our congregation
is in the top 5% of purchasers from Equal Exchange.

Equal Exchange's Interfaith Program is a vibrant network of thousands of faith communities, including our Presbyterian Coffee project, working to make a difference, together. Through the Interfaith Program, we partner with faith-based relief, development and human rights organizations and work with communities of faith as they learn about and promote Fair Trade. People of faith are living out their values through their consumer choices, and farming communities are providing for their families, greening our planet and building a better future.
  All coffee served at St. Philip for fellowship, meetings & in our church office comes from
Equal Exchange

Sold during Sunday School & after 11am worship.
available: Guatemalan Honey! Coffee, teas, olives oil, almonds and chocolate are also available for purchase.

    Our congregation's Coffee Team organizes several quarterly sales in the Gathering Area: Valentines, Easter/Earth Day, Summer Coffee, September & The Alternative Market.  
Potong Tea is now for sale   read about > Small Farmers. Big Change

About the Potong Tea Garden


Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Northern India, a small group of tea farmers are quietly reinventing the tea industry and reviving the land. The Potong Tea Garden is a collectively run organization of tea farmers; something nearly unheard of in the tea industry which has been dominated by large plantations since the British colonized India in the 1850’s. Now, more than a century and a half later tea bushes planted during that era are approaching the end of their productivity and Potong farmers are in the process of replacing these colonial era tea bushes and reviving fallow land.

In 2011, Equal Exchange partnered with some of their food co-op partners to raise funds in support of Potong’s ongoing replanting efforts. Through this collaboration, they were able to raise $45,000 and Potong has used the funds to plant 49,000 new tea bushes covering nearly 15 hectares of land. It hasn’t been an easy process. Potong experienced 30 percent less rainfall in 2014 compared to previous years and climate change has drastically affected growing conditions; leading to losses of nearly 5 metric tons in the 2014 harvests. Despite these environmental challenges, Potong’s vision for the tea garden is well underway.


Potong’s commitment to biodiversity, organic farming, and stewardship of the land is at the heart of their approach to growing tea. In a recent progress report they noted that as a result of these efforts, they’ve witnessed an increase in the population of birds and other wild life in the area. “It gives profound pleasure and satisfaction to observe nature in its revival…the population of deer, rabbits, wild boar, pangolin, and porcupine are on the rise which has started attracting leopards.” In a world where agriculture and wildlife are increasingly at odds, it is inspiring to see such respect and care for the land and the local ecosystem.  

Equal Exchange is proud to partner with Potong Tea Garden in their efforts to produce sustainable, high quality tea, and to make the tea garden their own. Try Potong’s delicious tea in our English Breakfast, Black Tea, Green Tea, and Jasmine Green Tea. Read more about the Potong Tea Garden here.



Our “Equal Exchange-Presbyterian Coffee Project” is an aspect of our call to peacemaking and working for social justice as Christians. We strive to live a life integrating the gospel teachings into the actions and decisions of our lives.

As a congregation of believers we have made the conscious decision to support Equal Exchange Fair Trade through our purchases as a congregation and as individuals.


We advocate for fairer trade as a model for a global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice and sustainability. A system of exchange that promotes economic justice, reduces global poverty, and honors and protects the environment.

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Chocolate is big business.
But sadly, it is often an unjust business.

  Most mainstream chocolate comes from cacao plantations in West Africa, where forced child labor has been documented. When you choose Equal Exchange chocolates, sourced fairly and directly from small-scale farmer
co-ops, you can make a positive difference.
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      SPECIAL OFFERINGS | Peacemaking  

One heart at a time, we can change cultures of violence into communities of peace with 2013’s Peacemaking Offering. The General Assembly’s adoption of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, which called for an emphasis on peacemaking, paved the way for this offering, which seeks to promote the Peace of Christ across the PC(USA). Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize a large portion of this offering to sustain their local peacemaking ministries. website:

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