The Presbyterian Church, USA believes that it is responsible “to speak on social and moral issues for the encouragement and instruction of the Church and its members, seeking earnestly both to know the mind of Christ and to speak always in humility and love.”  On Sunday, October 5th, the Presbyterian Church of Cranford, 11 Springfield Ave, Cranford, will be holding its annual Peacemaking Sunday with a special sermon presented by Chris Hedges at their 10AM worship service.  Following Hedges’s sermon, the public is welcome to go to the church’s Bates Hall to participate in their second annual Mission Fair.

Hedges received his Masters from Harvard Divinity School and acted as a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio (NPR).  He has reported from a vast array of countries, including from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. 

In 2002, Hedges was a member of the team that received the Pulitzer Price for Explanatory Reporting for The New York Times for their coverage on global terrorism, and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.

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Hedges has written numerous books as a cultural critic, encouraging to foster deeper thought of the world as we know it.  Works include War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.  Currently, he writes an online column for the website Truthdig, which identifies itself as “a progressive journal of news and opinion.”

After the service, congregants will be invited to Bates Hall 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM to learn more about the various local and global mission works that the church helps with.  Representatives from the Agape Community Kitchen, Center for Hope Hospice, Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Cranford Family Cares, as well as many other organizations will be present to explain their missions, explain the good work that they have done and to share ways that the public can help.

To learn more about the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, contact their offices at 908-276-8440 or visit their website at


The First Presbyterian Church aspires to be a strong Christian Spiritual Beacon, shining forth into the lives of those in the community. Through worship, evangelism, mission and stewardship, we celebrate the teachings of Jesus Christ in all that we do. Our congregation strives to be a vibrant and unified church family through prayer, love, and fellowship.

First Presbyterian Church’s leadership equips members and friends to pursue and nurture a life-changing relationship with God in Christ. Our staff members reflect the diversity of background, faith histories, and Christian church experience typical of our Cranford and northern New Jersey communities, as well as this congregation of professionals, young families, retirees, teenagers and children.

In partnership with elders and other elected church leaders, our Head of Staff, Rev. Chris Kile, guides our worship life, works with our youth, and oversees the congregation’s mission as a caring, learning community of faith. Our Associate Pastor is Rev. Liz Alexander. Together with a staff of dedicated and gifted church professionals, our pastors work to establish this congregation as a welcoming ministry that values and serves families, individuals and children alike.