Resources

Get educated and equipped.

Malala Yousafzai on the Daily Show

The 16-year-old Pakistani activist for girls' education spoke with Jon Stewart on October 8, 2013.


Sermon: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

A sermon preached by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

Jeremiah 18:1-11

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

Today’s scripture readings offer two metaphors for God as our Creator.  The passage from Psalm 139 speaks of God as a knitter.  And the passage from Jeremiah speaks of God as a potter.

Sermon: The Difference a Gun Can Make

 
The Real Difference in the Trayvon Martin Case:
A Gun Changed Everything
by the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II

Living History -- Rick Ufford-Chase and Bruce Reyes-Chow

13-minute video via Presbyterian Historical Society. Published April 3, 2013.

Study Guide in Six Sessions for "America and Its Guns"

Written by Jan Orr-Harter, this PPF study guide outlines how to approach Jim Atwood's 2012 book American and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé.

Guide to Creating an “Offering of Letters” Service

It can be difficult to introduce an issue of social concern in any one congregation, but in any given presbytery or community, there are people who support sensible gun reform. What if these people got together for worship, education, and an offering of their time and voices? 

Sermon: The Culture of Violence and the Beloved Community

This sermon was delivered on January 20, 2013 to a community-wide, interfaith and interracial gathering to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr., in Highstown, NJ.  The preacher was Tom F. Driver, The Paul J. Tillich Professor of Theology and Culture Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Boycott the Gaza Invasion this Thanksgiving

by Chris Iosso
The grim truth about Israel’s cur­rent bomb­ing of Gaza is that the U.S. gov­ern­ment will do very lit­tle to limit the one-sided col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment or cor­rect the claims that this pre-election mil­i­tary cam­paign by the Netanyahu gov­ern­ment is about “defense.” The casu­alty toll already con­firms the vast inequal­ity of power, recall­ing the last inva­sion of Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009 that killed 1400 Pales­tini­ans to 14 Israelis.

Books on Nonviolence, Just War, and Faith

The following list of books discussing nonviolence and Just War Theory was compiled by Roger Scott Powers

"Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for the Ethics of Peace and War,"
edited by Glen H. Stassen
offers ten practices for promoting peace and justice in the international arena.

"The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium,"
by Walter Wink
a brief summary of his 3-volume trilogy on "the powers."

Pages