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.
Over 220 human rights, faith, indigenous rights, environmental, labor, and nongovernmental groups sent an open letter to Secretary of State Kerry expressing “shock and deep sorrow regarding the murder of Honduran human rights and environmental defender Berta Cáceres,” the founder and general secretary of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). The organizations urged “a response from the State Department that is not business as usual but a profound change of direction towards improving the abysmal situation of human rights in Honduras.”
Coming back from our visit with the ecumenical house-church in the barrio where we read scripture, sang songs and celebrated three people’s birthdays, my first impressions are that so many people here live as best they can. They do not need more violence, hardships, or exploitation. It reminds me of people given the hard labor of making bricks –without straw (Exodus 5:1-20). These people do not need extra measures of hardship. What they do need –as an outsider– I do not know.