There are new changes at one of the oldest peacemaking organizations in the country. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has announced that Emily Brewer will become the group’s full-time Co-Director, with the current Co-Director, Rick Ufford-Chase, stepping into a volunteer leadership role as Co-Moderator.
We could look at this event and call for more gun control, we could call Dylann Roof mentally ill and monstrous, but as we turn to God in prayer asking for God’s transformative peace, we name what this event truly exemplifies—a culture of white supremacy. Our country’s history of slavery and genocide continues to shape all of us today, imposing trauma and violence upon people of color’s bodies and nurturing internalized superiority in white people. Knowing that all of us are dehumanized in this reign of white supremacy, we pray for God to empower each of us to tear down this idol and declare God’s reign in the struggle for freedom.
"Can We Be Peacemakers For Palestine?" is an educational program developed by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship for religious, community and other groups interested in justice for Palestinians. The program consists of three sessions of about two hours each. The sessions could be scheduled over three separate days or all three on one day.
Sixteen people were arrested Monday afternoon at the Capitol as more than 100 faith, labor and community leaders gathered for a ‘Moral Mondays’ vigil to protest what they called Albany’s broken system, which leaves New York’s families, students and workers to struggle needlessly. Clergy and advocates held 16 Moral Mondays rallies at the Capitol this year, calling for a range of policies, including more funding for public education and anti-hunger programs, an increase to the minimum wage, an end to long-term solitary confinement, and tax reform.