At First Mennonite Church of San Francisco we are committed to embodying the way of Jesus and being on a journey of transformation together. We come to our work for justice, liberation and healing in the world with humility and empowerment. We recognize we have much to learn and that the Spirit of God empowers us to act. We see action and reflection as an ongoing process as we seek our own liberation and the liberation of our world.
Each Sunday in our bulletin we acknowledge the Yelamu tribe of the Ohlone nation on whose land we gather. As part of this acknowledgement we also give to the Sogorea Te Land Tax, which supports an Indigenous women-led land trust in the Bay Area.
Our worship weaves together themes of justice and healing for our world, and each year we honor movements for justice through five Peace and Justice Sundays celebrating:
We also partner with local justice organizations such as Faith in Action Bay Area and coordinate a Mennonite Voluntary Service household, as well as work for environmental justice through FMCSF’s Green Team.
In response to the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, our congregation, held vigil at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav for the three following Friday evenings, during the Shabbat service. This vigil is continuing on a monthly basis.
Congregational members are personally committed to healing justice through their professional work as teachers, nurses, doctors, organizers, professors, lawyers, and give generously to support many organizations and movements for justice.
Our children and youth are also involved through annual fundraiser, Cafe Delicioso, where they raise money for global health non-profits.In the past we helped to fund projects such as the documentary created by the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition and the Midnight Hymn Sing album project, whose sales supported Syrian refugees.