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Hymn: O God, Our Hearts Were Shattered

O God, our hearts were shattered on that horrendous day;
We heard the news and gathered to grieve and then to pray.
We cried to you and wondered, “Where did the violence start?”
The world as we had known it had just been torn apart.

Another Son is Killed (A Hymn for Peace)

The following hymn is dedicated to the memory of Shaul Lahav, grandson of Paul and Helen Loeb (members of the church where we were then pastors), who was killed while serving in the Israel Defense Forces by a Palestinian on November 18, 2003 on the road between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.  See Carolyn Gillette's hymn note for more on this tragic story that inspired this hymn of lament.

Hymn: O God, Our Words Cannot Express

The following hymn-prayer was written by Carolyn Gillette on September 11, 2001 after the terrorist attacks that results in deaths in New York City (including the college roommate of our children's choir director), Washington, DC (including the brother-in-law of a Habitat for Humanity volunteer who worked in our church) and Pennsylvania.  The hymn was shared widely, sung at victims' funerals and featured on national PBS-TV and the BBC in the UK.

Hymn: 335,609 (“I Cried to God”)

I cried to God, “Three hundred thirty thousand!”
Five thousand more, six hundred more, and nine!”
In just ten years, a truth we can’t imagine:
All died from guns, one loved one at a time!

Destination Bethlehem by Barrie Shepherd

The book is written as a personal guide, with a prose meditation, prayer or poem for every day from Advent through Epiphany. However it might also be useful as an Advent study group book, and as a rich source of materials for worship planning and for preaching throughout this most demanding season.

Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence

Fight explores violence in the Bible and challenges us to live out Jesus’ call to non-violence. With prophetic relevance, New York Times bestselling author Preston Sprinkle tackles the controversy surrounding violence and grapples with surprising conclusions. Anyone who has struggled with the morality of violence will appreciate this convincing biblical guide. Buy as a paperback or an ebook here.

Journal of Resistance Studies

The first issue is available for free online.

Information about subcribing to or submitting to the journal can be found at their website.

Can We Be Peacemakers for Palestine?

"Can We Be Peacemakers For Palestine?" is an educational program developed by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship for religious, community and other groups interested in justice for Palestinians. The program consists of three sessions of about two hours each. The sessions could be scheduled over three separate days or all three on one day.

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.

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