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Clergy and Civic Leaders

Area Dialogues

Clergy Dialogue
April 30, 2014

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Introduction to the PCN

Rabbi Jay Miller
PEN-TV Interview
"The Game"

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Peninusula Congregational Response
to Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking awareness weekend January 10 & 11
Follow up planning September 18

On May 28th a small group of clergy had a brief but productive follow up meeting the human trafficking session on May 13.

Two important outcomes from that meeting:

  1. Please put Thursday, September 18th at 9 a.m. on your calendar. (We had looked at the 25th but realized it was the beginning of High Holy Days.) We will meet at the Congregational Church of San Mateo, 225 Tilton ave, San Mateo. We will provide coffee and bagels. This meeting is to flesh out more details with a larger group and strategize how we can raise awareness in our congregations (and in the county) about human trafficking, and how else we want to be involved.
  2. The group also decided that we would designate the weekend of Saturday/Sunday January 10 and 11 as the worship service we would all focus on for human trafficking. We plan to write op eds, put out press releases etc.

More to follow but in your planning, please add this as an action item.

Thanks to all of you.
I am leaving on sabbatical today so will be offline until early August.
I’ll be back in touch then with reminders and updates.

Have a wonderful summer.

Rev. Dr. G. Penny Nixon
Senior Minister, Congregational Church of San Mateo
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Responding to Homelessness Effectively

The Home & Hope board donned aprons and picked up spatulas to cook sourdough pancakes and other breakfast goodies for an interfaith clergy breakfast program designed to give resources in ‘responding to homelessness effectively.

The idea of the session, held at Transfiguration Episcopal Church on May 28th, was to provide clergy with information and resources so that they could effectively respond to the needs of members of their community made homeless, or cold callers at their office with need of housing.

We invited Carole Groom, county supervisor for San Mateo county, and expert in local homelessness issues to speak to us as clergy tucked into fruit salad and yogurt. Carol spoke informatively and took questions from participants, deepening our awareness of how the issue of homelessness manifests itself in our own context.

She was followed by Laura Bent who provided information for clergy on the county and charity resources that clergy could access if faced with issues of homelessness in their community or at the door of their office. Myths were corrected and helpful advice given. We engaged in conversation with Laura and many clergy commented that the information they gained in this section of our presentation was invaluable.

Finally, Raj Rambob, Executive Director of Home & Hope spoke about our own program and encouraged any present who were not involved to become program participants. He was followed by the Rev. Thomas Skillings and Rabbi Nat Ezray who both gave moving testimonials about the program in their context. Nat moved the group with a story about a holocaust survivor who saw the provision of hospitality to strangers as a key spiritual value and recalled the pain of not being housed by anyone after his release from a concentration camp and a long march.

The board did sterling work at the grill, and providing all round hospitality. It was a labor of love and created a context in which deep engagement could take place.

The quality of the program was praised by participants and despite a busy schedule Carol Groom stayed throughout the whole presentation and seemed genuinely moved by our interfaith project to tackle homelessness.

The session was not designed specifically to recruit new community partners for Home & Hope, rather to give clergy information and support as they engage with issues of homelessness in their own context, but we do believe that engagement in our program is strengthened by such activities and we hope to add new communities to our network in the coming months.

Participants suggested that one follow up activity would be for clergy to go on a tour of Samaritan house and see the facilities it provides in person. Raj has committed to organizing this tour in November, just after the Jewish High Holy Days have calmed down and before the busyness of Christmas hits Christian congregations.

Rev. Raj Rambob
Executive Director
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Governor's Award for Volunteering and ServicePCN Receives 2012
California Governor's
Religious Sector Volunteering
and Service Award

Award presented to PCN President
Rev. Debbie Weatherspoon and
Executive Director Rabbi Jay Miller.


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Community Builders

  • Rev. Eric Ackerman
    Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, San Mateo
  • Rev. Eileen Altman
    First Congregational Church of Palo Alto
  • Anonymous
  • Imam Abdurrahman Anwar
  • Atkinson Foundation
  • Rev. Paul Bains
    St. Samuel's Church of God in Christ, East Palo Alto
  • Steve Bietler
    Manager, Government & Public Affairs, Agilient Technologies
  • Jed Black
    Church of Latter Day Saints
  • Borel Private Bank and Trust Company
  • Rev. Mark Bollwinkel
    Los Altos United Methodist Church, Los Alto
  • Rev. Lynn Bowdish
    Holy Child & St Martin's Episcopal Church, Daly City
  • Fr. Jerry Brown
    St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park
  • Anne Campbell
    Superintendent, San Mateo County Office of Education
  • Rabbi Micah Citrin
    Peninsula Congregation Beth El, San Mateo
  • Bishop Richard Cook
    Palo Alto, 1st Ward, Church of Latter Day Saints
  • Rebecca Cooper
    Executive Director, Friends for Youth
  • Rev. Dirk Damonte
    Los Altos United Methodist Church, Los Altos
  • Danford Foundation
  • Bishop Bob Etherington
    Stanford, 2nd Ward, Church of Latter Day Saints
  • Phillip Evans
    First Church of Christ, Scientist, Burlingame
  • Rabbi Nathaniel Ezray
    Temple Beth Jacob, Redwood City
  • Rabbi Daniel Feder
    Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame
  • Patriarch Norris Finlayson
    Church of Latter Day Saints, Menlo Park
  • Bishop Phillip Fletcher
    Redwood City, 1st Ward Church of Latter Day Saints
  • Rev. Ryuta Furumoto
    San Mateo Buddhist Temple, San Mateo
  • Michael Heffernan
  • Rev. Jim Henderson
    Believers in Christ Church of God, Redwood City
  • Erik and Julia Jacobsen
    Church of Latter Day Saints
  • Jorge Jaramillo
    President, San Mateo County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Rev. Rolf Hansen
    United Church of Christ, San Carlos
  • Rev. Derek Harmon
    Messiah Lutheran Church, Redwood City
  • Rev. Chip Larrimore
    St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Redwood City
  • Rev. Dennis Logie
  • Rabbi Laurie Matzkin
    Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto
  • Bryand McOmber
    Church of Latter Day Saints
  • Microsoft Foundation
  • Rabbi Jay Miller
    Executive Director, Peninsula Clergy Network
  • Kevin Mullin
    Council Member, City of South San Francisco
  • Rev. Penny Nixon
    Congregational Church of San Mateo
  • Rev. Leonard Oaks
    Holy Child & St Martin's Episcopal Church, Daly City
  • Rev. Julia Older
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Redwood City
  • Robert B. Ord
    Church of Latter Day Saints
  • Pastor Samuel Ortega
    Chaplain, Mills Peninsula Health Care
  • PG&E
  • Rev. Dan Parodi
    Sequoia Christian Church, Redwood City
  • Barbara Pierce
    Council Member, Redwood City
  • Dr. Ernest Ribera
  • Rev. Eric Robinson
    Redeemer Lutheran Church, Redwood City
  • Bishop Roy Robinson
    Menlo Park, Church of Latter Day Saints
  • Rev. Thomas Skillings
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Burlingame
  • Rabbi Rebecca Stern
    Peninsula Temple Sholom
  • Rev. Susan Thompson
    St. Edmund's Episcopal Church, Pacifica
  • Dr. Linda Thor
    Chancellor, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District
  • Peter Uccelli Foundation
  • Rev. Debbie Weatherspoon
    Los Altos United Methodist Church, Los Altos
  • Rev. Paul Watermulder
    First Presbyterian Church, Burlingame
  • Bishop Jeffrey Wise
    Valparaiso Ward, Church of Latter Day Saints

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