Activist Council Gathering

Thursday, September 28, 2017Saturday, September 30, 2017


We hope you'll join us for the PPF Activist Council Gathering at the Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY September 28-30, 2017. Register now.
This is the annual business and planning meeting of the Activist Council. The gathering will begin with lunch at noon on Thursday, September 28 and conclude with lunch on Saturday, September 30. All meals are provided. 

At this meeting we will elect new members of the Executive Committee, worship together, and spend time brainstorming and planning how PPF can take the work of the General Assembly on peacemaking issues and use their work to further engage in peacemaking in the PC(USA) and world. We will also continue our anti-racism work as a group and we will hear about the current work of the PPF and how we may continue to grow and deepen it. Whether you are brand new to the Activist Council or have been around for decades, you are invited to come and bring yourself, your ideas, and your experiences. 

PPF Executive Director Emily Brewer will be ordained in New York City on Sunday, October 1 at 3:00pm. If you would like to stay to attend the ceremony, you may stay an additional night (Saturday night) at Stony Point Center. Please indicate if you will need a ride into the city (or back to SPC) on your registration form.

If you are arriving by plane, Stony Point Center is closest to the Newark Airport. You can find more details about other forms of transportation and make reservations for pick-ups at the SPC transportation page. If you need to schedule a pick-up from or to Newark, we can arrange that for you. Just note it in the appropriate place in the registration form and you can pay the $50 (each way) on-site. We will do our best to arrange car-pools with other AC members to the airport on Saturday."

We hope you'll come meet, worship, collaborate, conspire, organize, and strategize for peace! Together, we will learn and plan to do faith-rooted organizing for peace within our communities and the Presbyterian Church (USA). Some financial assistance is available. Please contact Emily Brewer with any questions about the event or financial assistance at

We will have a final agenda up in mid-August. Below is a draft agenda for our time together. Join us!

Thursday, September 28
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Brief Introduction
1:15 Faith-rooted organizing in the PCUSA
2:30 Time for Working Groups to meet (not a part of a working group? That’s ok! Come and find one that sounds interesting
5:00 Worship
6:00 Dinner
7:00 What to expect this weekend & Introductions
8:00 Panel and Conversation with Delegates from Multi-Faith Delegation to Palestine and Israel
9:00 Wine and Cheese

Friday, September 29
8:00am Breakfast
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:15 Approval of the Minutes from last year’s meeting
9:30 PPF & Creation Justice (with partners from Fossil Free PCUSA)
10:00 Climate Change and Violence
12:00pm Lunch
1:00 Gearing up for General Assembly in 2018
4:30 Free Time
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Financial Report
7:30 What do we need to accomplish and when to be ready for GA?
8:30 Worship
9:00 Reception

Saturday, September 30
8:00am Breakfast
9:00 TBD by Activist Council
11:00 Worship
12:00pm Lunch
1:00 Departure

Sunday, October 1 (optional!)
For those who want to, there will be a group going from SPC to Rutgers Presbyterian Church in Manhattan to attend Emily Brewer’s ordination at 3:00 p.m. You may want to spend another night at Stony Point Center or travel from the ordination service to an airport. Any New York City airport (JFK, LGA, EWR) is accessible by public transit or taxi. We will help you figure out transportation to thei airport from Manhattan if you need it.