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Why We Chose the Board of Pensions’ Fossil Free Investment Option

[By Laurie Fisher, Fossil Free PCUSA Steering Committee member] When we became aware that CO2 emissions are causing our planet to warm at an alarming rate, we did not want to benefit financially from this attack on God’s good creation...

Syria: Evolving Perceptions of a Tenacious Conflict

In May of 2017, I was privileged to join a group of travelers who spent ten days in Syria and Lebanon. Eleven of us traveled from the United States on a trip organized by the Syria/Lebanon Partnership Network of the PC(USA). Entitled “Mutually Encouraged by Each Other’s Faith,” the goal of the trip was “to share worship, fellowship and a mutual time of learning with PC(USA) partners in Syria and Lebanon.”

Alongside those objectives set by the organizers of the trip, my own goal arose from my belief that the conflict in Syria is one of the greatest humanitarian crises in my lifetime. I continue to wrestle with the ways in which a person like myself, committed to non-violence, can find a path through that violence-filled conflict.

This blog post reports on what I learned and my thoughts on the way forward for this painful and protracted conflict.

Opportunities and Obstacles to Peace in Colombia

Peace signed is not peace realized. That's what our partners in Colombia keep telling us over and over again, and it's what we keep relaying to you over and over again. I heard this message anew when Marta Munoz and Diego Higuita came to visit the U.S. from Colombia in May. Marta and Diego are the Moderator and the General Secretary of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia.

A Return to Colombia: Cheerful Courage

Cathy and DiegoWhy do I plan to return to Colombia as an accompanier with the Colombian Presbyterian Church (IPC)?

With or Without Paris Accord, It's Up to Each of Us to Resist Climate Change

Trump's move to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement was perhaps not surprisingly, but certainly disappointing for many. The "America First" rhetoric used in defending this decision selfishly ignores the fact that we share one atmosphere and one interconnected water system with the entire world. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," stated Trump in his announcement of the withdrawal-- to which the mayor of Pittsburgh quickly responded by promising to participate in the Paris accord anyway, along with the mayors of over 180 other U.S. cities.

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