Fifty Presbyterians (and one Quaker) gathered at Columbia Seminary from February 3 - 5 for a consultation titled "Terror, Torture and Security: Theological Considerations for Tomorrow's Leaders."
Stay tuned for some exciting ideas (like a YouTube video contest called "What's the big deal about Torture?"). In the meantime, the speakers were quite powerful, and you can see one of the keynotes by Attorney Scott Horton at http://harpers.org/archive/2008/02/hbc-90002305
Rick Ufford-Chase, Executive Director of PPF, will be featured on Sunday, December 30th, on Chicago Public Television's "30 Good Minutes."
Rick delivers a sermon on following Jesus in times of fear and is interviewed regarding his experiences as Moderator of the General Assembly of the PC(USA), his work on the US-Mexico border, and his experience living in an intentional community in Tucson, Arizona.
PPF honors David and Pyles for Serving in Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams
Each year the Peace Fellowship recognizes Presbyterians on the front lines of peacemaking with the Peaceseeker Award. Anita David and Beth Pyles served on the Christian Peacemaker Team in Baghdad, maintaining a nonviolent presence in the midst of spiraling violence and civil war. Their work ranged from documenting torture in the Abu Ghraib prison to training a Muslim Peace Team in nonviolence. During this time, four CPT members were kidnapped; Quaker Tom Fox was found murdered and the three others were released. David belongs to Chicago’s Lake View Presbyterian Church. Pyles is a Presbyterian pastor in W. Virginia. Briefly visits here with David and Pyles about the Iraq war, responsibility, guilt, nonviolence and the Presbyterian Church.