News of the Presbytery of San Jose

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ 

Matthew 28:5-7

We want to keep you informed!
Below is a list of current events happening in the Presbytery of San Jose.

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Presbytery Meetings

The scheduled dates for pending 2021 Presbytery meetings are below. Check back on the Presbytery website closer to the respective date for registration information and the docket.

May 1st

September 25th

November 20th
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The Committee on Representation and Empowerment ("CORE") presents this five-part Lenten study for members of congregations in the Presbytery of San Jose who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to explore the ideology of white supremacy, begin to understand the process by which ‘we became’ People of Color, and build capacity for antiracist institutional transformation and work.

Join CORE Chair Rev. Annanda Barclay and Rev. Jessica Vazquez Torres of Crossroads Antiracism for this study, developed with the particular demographic of Silicon Valley in mind. Space is limited. Register today through the Presbytery website at:

The group will meet Sundays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm PT: 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, and 4/25.
Roots Deeper than Whiteness

Study cohorts also meet between sessions three times. 

CORE presents a four-session study offered to anyone who self-identifies as "White."

This series will be facilitated by Pastors from across the Presbytery and members of the Peace and Justice Work Group. Based on the curriculum Roots Deeper than Whiteness this course reveals "whiteness" as a social construct imposed upon communities of immigrants, teaches how to recognize and end complicity with white supremacy, and creates a brave space to explore beyond the narrative of white privilege. 

Register here: Registration Page
On April 25th at 4:00 pm, join the Peace and Justice Working Group for an online watch party and (Part 1) small group discussion of the documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay. The film focuses on matters of mass incarceration and it's relationship with racial justice. Closed captions will be provided.

A trailer of the film may be viewed here:

Zoom Registration Link is here:

Email Meredith Hurley with any questions at [email protected].
Our very own Rev. Dr. Libby Boatright is being published! Libby is a "Relief Chaplain" at Stanford Hospital specializing in oncology outpatient palliative care.

Her book The Last Things We Talk About is being released April 6th (via amazon Here), and is intended to help readers and their loved ones affirm, celebrate, and remember the people and experiences they cherish from life.

It also guides readers step-by-step through the process of making aging and death-related decisions. This includes defining personal values and wishes as well as planning for practical medical, financial, and legal considerations.

Knowing Libby, this work will be a relatable and effective tool in helping families with difficult end-of-life discussions. Thank you for sharing with us your years of experience!
Are You a Published Author?

There have been so many wonderful publications coming out of our Presbytery recently, that we will be dedicating a page on our website for promoting them. If you have authored a book, magazine article, journal article, or regularly publish a blog, please contact us about creating a link for your work.

Email Collette at [email protected] or Jenni at [email protected].
The current Mid-Council Newsletter may be found here:

Internet Links for County Information
Relating to Covid-19

Monterey County

Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County has been moved into the Red Tier. More information may be found on the County and State websites. Link below:

Santa Cruz County

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Pastoral Reflection

I've been reflecting on the resurrection and the empty tomb in this Easter season. As Christians, it's one of our sacred stories and is actually part of the bedrock of our faith. As a miracle though, it might tempt us to draw a line between faith and science.

I've been prodding my inner self and asking how the empty tomb really makes a tangible difference in my life. It's something I believe in which happened a long time ago. I wasn't there in person. I wasn't one of the disciples that it directly affected. I wasn't traumatized by Jesus' execution. What difference does the empty tomb make in my world? Why is it part of my personal beliefs?

Evergreen Presby is reading Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor during this Easter season. As a world religions professor, Taylor introduces us to faiths other than Christianity. She gives us permission to learn from them in humility, as understanding other faiths can help us dig deeper into our own. In the chapter on Buddhism, she makes a comment about the everyday practicality of Buddhism and compares it with the beliefs of Christianity.

Believing in something doesn't exclude it's practicality (which Taylor mentions), but I would take it further than that. Beliefs work their way into our worldview and interpretative lenses. They may start off as intangible beliefs, but grace and miraculous works of the Holy Spirit manifest in different ways in peoples' lives. God's grace and sacrificial love create gratitude, release us from guilt and shame, and turn our hearts towards our Savior. Those are things that are real to me; experiences with which I can identify.

So, as we tell the Easter story once more, may the empty tomb ground us in our faith and point us towards the ways in which God's love manifests in our lives. May the Spirit prompt us towards gratitude. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Bales
Communications Director &
Pastor of Evergreen Presbyterian Church

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: