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2007 Peaceseeker Award to Anita David & Beth Pyles

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.

Reflections on Migrants in the Desert

Sisters and Brothers,

As we approach mid-summer, much of my time here on the border has been absorbed by the continuing immigration and border crisis here in the Arizona. One of my commitments as the Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has been to fulfill my obligations as a Christian Peacemaker Teams reservist (www.cpt.org) by acting as CPT’s representative in the Arizona borderlands.

Trial of One of Largest Mass Arrests Protesting Iraq War Begins Friday

Defendants Participated in the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq on March 16

Washington, D.C., June 20, 2007 – The trial of fourteen of the 222 citizens arrested during the March 16 Christian Peace Witness for Iraq civil disobedience in front of the White House will begin Friday, June 22 in Superior Court. The civil disobedience was one of the largest single civil disobedience actions at the White House, and the Christian Peace Witness was the largest Christian peace demonstration since the beginning of the Iraq war four years ago.

Still Working: Defying Convention in a Time of Fear

The following is Rick Ufford-Chase's sermon for the Austin College Baccalaureate Service: May 12, 2007.

Amos 5:21-24
John 5:1-9, 15-17

What is Happening in Venezuela?

A Brief Report from 2007 Witness for Peace Delegation

by Anne Barstow, Tom Driver, and Paul Driver

In January we visited Venezuela with a Witness for Peace delegation. To understand the dramatic changes that are taking place there today one must know that its immense wealth from oil has not been shared by most of the people. The extreme gap between rich and poor, plus corruption and elitism, are what have set the stage for Hugo Chavez and his Bolivarian Revolution.

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