I sat on the front porch of an hermano – a “brother” – from the small, Pentecostal-feeling Presbyterian church in a small town in the region of Uraba, Colombia. My sweaty legs stuck to the plastic chair, and I briefly wondered if the water used to make the lemonade I was so gratefully sipping was purified. I shifted in my seat, trying to get some air to my legs and back while still sitting modestly in my knee-length skirt. The pastor began to read from his worn, leather King James Bible – James 2:14-17.
The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is partnering with Christian Peacemaker Teams to travel with a delegation of 7-12 young adults 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.
The next General Assembly is likely to define our understanding of what it means to be church for many years to come. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship sees this as a critical moment for our denomination to begin to redefine itself as an institution that will follow the movement of the Holy Spirit and locate ourselves clearly with and for those who are most on the margins of the dominant economy and social paradigm. If, like us, are inspired to reshape entrenched institutional structures, and if you believe that this is the moment to shape our denomination's witness for decades to come, we hope you will consider using this overture to start a conversation with your own session.
The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is honored and thrilled to announce that Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou will deliver the keynote at our biennial Peace Breakfast. The Peace Breakfast will be held on June 22, 2016 during the 222nd PC(USA) General Assembly in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, November 20, 2015 – Sunday, November 22, 2015
This November we will return to the Columbus, Georgia to take a stand for justice and accountability. Torture survivors, union workers, religious communities, musicians, puppetistas, students, migrants, veterans and others from across the country will speak out against violence and militarization. We will commemorate the martyrs, march to Stewart Detention Center, teach and learn from each other in the Columbus Convention Center, and celebrate resistance at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. Fort Benning is also home to the notorious School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC) and has become a focal point of resistance to empire and militarization.