Throughout our three days, we talked about faith-based organizing, creation justice and how to challenge suffering and oppression in our own communities and around the world. Each day of the gathering was grounded in a sacred time of worship that expressed our desires for justice and peace, and that both healed and inspired.
With the combat restriction for women in the US Armed Forces now lifted, discussion of draft registration is back in the news, the courts, and the halls of congress. But the problems with Selective Service System (SSS) Registration go much deeper than gender equality. There is little political interest in bringing back the draft. Yet draft registration remains a burden upon our nation’s young men – and now, potentially our young women, as well.
We are seeking out diverse intentional peace communities across the country willing to share in its passion for peace and justice. Existing communities, communities soon to form, or communities still being dreamed are welcome to apply. Grant awards are $6,000 and are for one year. Grant year is July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017. Application deadline is Midnight EDT, April 30, 2016. Communities chosen for this grant cycle will be notified the first of week of June 2016.
Ann Weems was a prolific Presbyterian poet, the recipient of the 2005 Peaceseeker Award given by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, and honorary co-chair of the PPF Endowment Campaign for the last ten years. She was a long-time supporter of PPF and was a member of the Activist Council.
The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is partnering with Christian Peacemaker Teams to travel with a delegation of ten people to Iraqi Kurdistan. This delegation will focus particularly on the role and impact of fossil fuels in the region and how we might respond faithfully and in solidarity with our partners there. Since February, the delegates have been preparing for this delegation by reading about the history and current context of Iraqi Kurdistan and fundraising for the delegation.