Israel/Palestine and the PC(USA)

Part of our work is to seek and encourage faithful policy regarding Israel/Palestine within the PC(USA). Below is the latest content that concerns how our Israel/Palestine work is expressed particularly within the PC(USA). You can also find many resources on the PC(USA) website.

GA222: A Gospel Vision for the Church

The 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) was one of the most positive church experiences I’ve had in a long time. There were moments of disappointment and frustration, as always, but I sit several days after closing worship with a sense of hope and deep gratitude for the people and the work of the PC(USA). I also sit ready to get back to work (after a brief rest, which I hope you all are taking as well), because we as PPF have a special role after this GA that could have just changed the way our denomination engages with peace and nonviolence.

Coming Up in 2016: Activist Council, GA, A Delegation, and So Much More!

Happy New Year! What a year 2015 was. It would be easy to reflect on the past year and think it was a year of new and big changes for PPF--and it was, with a transition in staff and volunteer leadership and our change in structure, among many other changes. But even amid these changes, 2015 was also a year of deepening our foundational commitments to peacemaking and nonviolence--work that we will continue in this new year and for many years to come.

Tell PC(USA) It's Time for Action on Boycott

Just like the US government, the PC(USA) has supported peace in the Middle East by periodically making statements supporting the peace process. But talk is cheap, whether it is the US government speaking or the church. The church needs to hear from its constituents. That means you. The PC(USA) Office of Public Witness is collecting signatures of individuals, churches and other entities who pledge to support this boycott. Please sign.

Techniques and Talking Points: For pastors and other church leaders regarding Israel and Palestine

Over the coming months, many of us will be in the position of interpreting the actions of the General Assembly in our congregations and with friends who are Presbyterian and from other faith traditions, and possibly with leaders from the Jewish and Muslim communities. Some of us will have the opportunity to craft letters to the editor or to make appearances on local radio or TV stations. We want to provide you with some background to help you prepare well to take advantage of those opportunities.

Presbyterian Church General Assembly Approves Divestment from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions for Business Supporting Israel's Occupation of Palestine

After a great deal of prayer, debate, and thoughtful deliberation, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted today to divest itself of its stock in three companies whose business supports or profits from the State of Israel's Occupation of Palestine. Young Adult Advisory Delegates voted 65% in favor of the motion, Theological Advisory Delegate over 90%, and Ecumenical and Mission Advisory Delegates 100% in favor of the motion. The Commissioners' vote was much closer, affirming the proposal to divest 51% to 49%.

PPF Twitter Chat on Peacemaking Issues at GA

Read the archive of the June 11, 2014 Twitter chat where tweeters discussed issues from divestment to marriage equality.

Sign the Interfaith Letter in Support of Presbyterian Divestment

We share a belief in the central teachings of our respective religious traditions that mandate proactive nonviolent responses to systematic harming of fellow human beings. No human being is outside the circle of our concern.

Sermon: Living Stones

Delivered by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10

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