Have you, like me, been receiving a lot of email notes about political candidates? Some of these emails, like the political ads on TV, are not true. Before you forward an email to others about anyone, political candidate or any other human being, please remember the Ten Commandments: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor" (Ex. 20:16; Deut. 5:20). Our church’s Heidelberg Catechism explains it:
Rev. Diego Higuita, Executive Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of
Colombia, will be in the U.S. preaching and giving presentations
about the effects of the violence suffered by the rural communities
with whom he has primarily worked. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from our partners in Colombia first hand!
Rev. Higuita will be visiting several presbyteries throughout the United States. Please see the following schedule and contact the presbyteries directly or visit their websites for details.
Stony Point Center is embracing a direction that places peacemaking and nonviolence at the center of it mission. Below is the vision letter from new Co-Directors Rick and Kitty Ufford-Chase (Rick Ufford-Chase continues part-time as PPF's Executive Director).
Vision Letter From Rick & Kitty, Co-Directors
As each day unfolds and we continue to get our "feet under us" as Co-Directors, we are continuously impressed by the powerful legacy of Stony Point Center, and excited to craft a vision that will honor that legacy as Stony Point looks to the future. In the short term, our task is to support the staff and volunteers who do such a marvelous job of providing hospitality to the wide variety of guests who come to this place.
by Noushin (Darya-Bandari) Framke, an Iranian-American Presbyterian
This Fourth of July was the 20th anniversary of my U.S. citizenship. We could have had a great party, as we have a perfect view of our town’s fireworks from our patio. But with the drumbeat to war with Iran reaching a crescendo, and being an Iranian-American, I had little to celebrate.
As divisions around issues of sexuality continue to dominate conversations in the wake of the 218th General Assembly of the PC(USA), our church has demonstrated remarkable unity in its collective call to peacemaking. In fact, on many issues there was such consensus among commissioners that little or no discussion was offered in plenary sessions. We want to highlight the many ways our denomination adopted policies that will strengthen its larger witness for peacemaking in our broken world.