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.
The dangerous climate created by the current tensions between the United States and Iran could lead to war. Both governments need to commit to diplomatic talks to ease the tensions and reduce the likelihood of armed conflict.
The Committee on Peacemaking and International Issues reported on Latin American issues on Friday afternoon. Photo by Joseph Williams
SAN JOSE, June 27, 2008 — Commissioners to the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) “stayed the course” of being peacemakers around the world. The Assembly called for “responsibly” bringing the troops home from Iraq, continuing peacemaking in Israel and Palestine and supporting human rights in Zimbabwe, the Philippines, North Korea and Colombia.
Issues concerning peace, as it relates to the Middle East and other crisis areas of the world, took the majority of the committee’s time during deliberations earlier this week. Their mindful discernment helped the full General Assembly to move business quickly and collaboratively. As a result, the full assembly quickly passed overtures that affirmed immediate food aid to North Korea, civil rights accompaniment to citizens of Colombia and a careful approach to peacemaking in Israel and Palestine.