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.
Thursday, March 31, 2016 – Saturday, April 2, 2016
We hope you'll join us for the inaugural PPF Activist Council Gathering in Asheville, NC March 31-April 2, 2016. We will meet, worship, collaborate, conspire, organize, and strategize for peace! Amy Cantrell, of the Beloved Community in Asheville, and others will lead us in worship and action throughout the weekend. Together, we will learn and plan to do faith-rooted organizing for peace within our communities and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
As one of the co-authors of the book Never Pray Again, I am of the opinion that piety without concrete striving for justice is worse than doing nothing at all. So if, like me, you're ready to do something about gun violence instead of offering up "thoughts and prayers", here are some things you might try.
J. Herbert Nelson reminds us in this video that, as Presbyterians, we are called to act for justice as individuals and as a community as we wait for peace. Will you pledge to boycott Israeli products that are made in the illegal settlements? Together we can work for peace even as we await the Prince of Peace.