At Bethany we believe that Jesus calls us to speak out and work for justice for all people, for peace around the world, and for God's Creation. Here are some of the social justice activities we have taken part in recently, and upcoming action opportunities. Please watch this space, and consider joining us at the the next event!
On Saturday, January 21st, there were many Women’s Marches in the Bay Area - sister marches to the Women's March in Washington, D.C. - including in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Bethany members and friends attended the marches in places all over!
This is a national movement for everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity.
Inauguration Day Sidewalk Protest
We stood for tolerance, decency, shared prosperity, and democracy by participating on Friday, January 20, from noon – 1 p.m, along El Camino Real, along with protesters in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties.
After gathering at the church on Thursday, Jan. 19th at 7 p.m. to make signs for the event, the Bethany group met in front of San Bruno City hall with our church banner.
See more photos from the day here!
On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, people all over the world will march in support of science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking. The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.
There are several satellite marches in our area, including San Francisco and Pacifica. See our photos here!
San Francisco March
Start: Justin Herman Plaza, 11 a.m. End: Civic Center Plaza
A rally with invited speaker will start the event at 11:00 a.m. in Justin Herman Plaza. After the rally at approximately 12:30 p.m., we will march down Market Street to Civic Center Plaza, ending with a fair to celebrate science. Details can be found here.
Location: Pacifica State Beach 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM PDT
Join us in the March for Science to demonstrate your concern for science - details are here. We know that "science is everywhere and affects everyone." It is not a partisan issue! We'll march from Linda Mar Beach to Rockaway Beach and back. Come early and enjoy The Pacifica Beach Coalition's Earth Day events - more details here. We'll gather near the beach right after EcoFest ends to start marching!
Our hearts are heavy that we continue to witness the systemic and overt racism which infects American society, as demonstrated in Charlottesville, VA. A statement from the Presbytery of San Francisco reflects our concern:
"Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Our heart aches for all the victims of the tragic and hateful events in Charlottesville. We join with others around the world praying for healing and justice. We are called to confront this world's insanity with the Good News of the Gospel. The love of Christ is the antidote for hate and fear. The Presbytery of San Francisco strives with others to reshape the structures of inequality, and transform systems of racism, that we may all live together in Christ's "more excellent way."
Please join with us in prayer for our country - that God's vast love and acceptance will prevail over all people, everywhere. For resources on fighting racism from the PCUSA, please click here.
"Racism, Power, & Dominance in the U.S. and the Church"
Presented by the Presbytery of San Francisco, the Racism, Power, and Dominance in the U.S. and the Church workshop will be held Saturday, December 9th, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, at Primera Iglesia Presbiterana Hispana, 1941 High Street, Oakland, CA 940601. Lunch will be provided, and the event is FREE of CHARGE, but donations are most welcome!
For more information, click HERE.
WE. ARE. MARCHING.
On March 24, two March For Our Lives events will be held nearby, and it will be possible to join both of them! Pick one or both; wear your Bethany shirt, bring your signs, bring friends, bring your voices - we will be heard!
Burlingame: Meet up at the Bethany parking lot at 9:00 a.m. We will carpool to the family-friendly Burlingame March For Our Lives. The march will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Washington Park - 898 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame. Meet at the reserved picnic tables. Together, we'll march to Burlingame Ave -- go down one side, cross Burlingame Ave at El Camino, and march back on the other side. (This won't be a long event, and will be manageable for kids!
San Francisco: Out of the pews and into the streets! March with other Bay Area Presbyterians on Palm Sunday Eve. We will walk in the name of the One who paraded into Jerusalem defiantly and was greeted as the Prince of Peace. Be there alongside Jesus and honor the lives lost at Parkside, Pulse, Columbine, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino..."Christ has no hands but our hands, no feet but our feet..." Meet at the steps of the Asian Art Museum at 12:45. Look for the Presbyterian banner!