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Rev. Osagyefu Uhuru Sekou: "Faith in the Age of Ferguson"

Rev. Sekou delivers the keynote address at the 2016 PPF Peace Breakfast in Portland, OR.

 

Bil'in and Nonviolent Resistance by Iyad Burnat

"A quiet, intense man with piercing eyes, enthusiasm for action and a fierce love of family, Iyad Burnat has turned the defense of his little village of Bil'in into an international phenomenon. If Palestinian resistance on the ground has a face, it is his.

Hymn: God, Whose Love Is Always Stronger

God, whose love is always stronger than our weakness, pride and fear,
In your world, we pray and wonder how to be more faithful here.
Hate too often grows inside us; fear rules what the nations do.
So we pray, when wars divide us: give us love, Lord! Make us new!

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.

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