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SVPC is a safe place for thoughtful conversations about important issues, such as gun violence, the conflict in Korea, immigration issues, the refugee crisis, recovery from natural disaster, racism, and the water situation in Flint, MI. Most Community Conversations include a documentary film screen followed by discussion and Q&A with experts and local authorities.

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Upcoming Conversations

Thursdays, June 24, July 22, and August 26 ● 7–8:30 p.m. ● Discussion Over Zoom

This summer, please join us for a 3-part series on topics featured at the 2021 NEXT Church gathering. These discussions will provide opportunities for our community to reflect on selected keynotes/sermons presented at the March gathering. Topics include anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusivity, and the opportunity for us all to live more fully in the radical call of Christ to bring hope to all peoples. The topics are challenging, which is why we want to be able to process them in community together.


The three conversations from the 2021 NEXT Church gathering can be viewed here (password=SVPC).


Session 3, August 26: Sermon by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III


Hear how God is calling us to faithfully and concretely combat the evils of racial injustice in our society today.

NEXT Church is a purposeful relational community of Presbyterian leaders whose mission is to strengthen a vibrant and thriving PC(USA) that shares the good news of Jesus Christ in ways that matter to and have impact on God’s evolving world. For more information, check out their website.


Register in advance for Session 3 so we can plan for small group discussions.

We will meet on Zoom for a facilitated discussion and small group breakout sessions to enable us to dive into these topics as a community. To join the Zoom meeting, look for the button on SVPC's home page that day.



Previous Community Conversations

If you missed one, check it out here.

Let them See Us: Black Beauty Beyond the Mask

Speaker: Rev. Denise Anderson

January 20, 2021

Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing For Racial Reconciliation

Book discussion with author Jennifer Harvey

October 6, 2020

FLINT: The Poisoning of an American City

Film screening and panel discussion with filmmaker David Barnhart and community leaders from Flint, MI

September 10, 2020

Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus: A Conversation with Reggie Williams

Author/Speaker Reggie Williams

January 17, 2019

Wine & Cheese & Documentaries

"Cooked: Survival by Zip Code"

Film screening and small group discussion about housing insecurity

August 16, 2020

Immigration Issues

"Locked in a Box"

Film screening and small group discussion. This film follows stories of individuals held in the U.S. Immigration detention system and those who visit them.

September 17, 2018

Storytelling & Disaster Relief

"Kepulihan: When the Waters Recede"

Documentary film screening

Speakers: David Barnhart, filmmaker, Rev. Joey Lee, Executive Presbyter

May 24, 2018

A Conversation on Gun Violence

"Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence"

Documentary film screening

Speakers: U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna, Chief Phan S. Ngo, Sunnyvale Public Safety, Rev. Erik Wanson, PACT member, Shubhra Dubey, student leader/activist

April 30, 2018