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GA passes several strong actions for peace

The 218th General Assembly of the PC(USA) has taken action on several recommendations from the committee on Peacemaking and International Issues, concerning the Philippines, Colombia, Conscientious Objectors, and Israel/Palestine:

Power of nonviolence lies in action, speaker says

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Mubarak Awad, director of Nonviolence International and co-founder of the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence. Photo by Joseph Williams

SAN JOSE, June 25, 2008 — As the familiar strains of standard hymns drifted through the dividing walls at the Fairmont Hotel here, some 300 Presbyterians were called by Mubarak Awad, a Palestinian nonviolence expert, to take down the walls and fences built by human hands. Awad addressed the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) Breakfast, replacing the originally scheduled speaker, Jonathan Kuttab, a lay preacher and human rights attorney, who was unable to attend. The breakfast was held in conjunction with the meeting of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 

‘I am a Palestinian. I have no bombs.’ — Archbishop Chacour

by Eva Stimson
Presbyterian News Service

SAN JOSE, June 25, 2008 — Archbishop Elias Chacour calls himself “a walking contradiction.”

‘I wanted it demolished on all our heads’

by Mike Ferguson
Presbyterian News Service

SAN JOSE, June 25, 2008 — Elias Chacour, Archbishop of Galilee for the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, points to the Northern Israel city of Haifa as an important role model where Jews, Christians and Muslims can exist together — but not necessarily coexist.

Peacemaking actions provide diverse witness

SAN JOSE, June 24, 2008 — The members of the Committee on Peacemaking and International Issues repeatedly sought and affirmed information and overtures from many different voices regarding the difficult subjects of Israel and Palestine, and the work of the Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) committee during Tuesday’s business, which ran late into the night.

The overtures approved for General Assembly consideration by the committee are complicated and contradictory.

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