Nonviolent Witness

Let’s Show Trump What It Means to Be a Presbyterian

I was as embarrassed and angry as anyone else that a man like Trump was claiming my faith community as his own—a faith community that has challenged me to be more loving, more courageous, more justice-seeking, more open, more hospitable. But after the initial embarrassment in the form of indignation wore off, I realized I was not so surprised, because I have also seen the Church enact the Empire-values that Trump embodies.

What Do You Do at Mercy Junction?

What do you do at Mercy Junction? What is it? Are you a church or what?
I get that question a lot.
I have an elevator speech.

Their water is our water.

Written by Colleen Earp, former PPF General Assembly intern currently serving the Presbytery of the James as an environmental educator at Camp Hanover and attending Union Presbyterian Seminary.

A Reflection on Standing Rock: Water Protectors, The Law, and Economics

By John Gianoulis, a first year student at Underground Seminary who visited Standing Rock one month ago

Remembering the Dead In The Continuing Wars in Iraq and Afganistan

This is the reflection we lead at the New Haven, Connecticut War Memorial.  At the end of the reflection a stone is place on a memorial cairn with the number of the dead in the Iraq and Afgan warsm for the previous month.

We are here this evening to remember, to morn and to seek forgiveness for the wars undertaken in our name.  We are here to reinforce our resolve as we continue the hard work of building peace.

From Iraq: wars and casualties, 14 years on

By Lily Hamourtziadou – March 16, 2016 (Iraq Body Count)

"We are ready to protect our homeland"

May 28, 2016 

Waking up Saturday morning to the birds chirping in the mountains of the village of Gullan was such a powerful reminder of the beauty found in this region’s land and people. Kaka Latif and his family so generously offered us their home for the night and provided us with incredible meals and hospitality.

Psalm 120 Remixed

I re-wrote Psalm 120 originally for a School of the Americas worship service at Union Theological Seminary. I find it still to be relevant, especially during this election season.

Psalm 120

In anger and despair I cry out to God,
that the Almighty might answer me,

praying

Why I joined PPF... and the PC(USA): A Presbyterian Conversion Story

This past June, I had the opportunity of a Presbyterian lifetime to attend General Assembly in Portland, Oregon as an intern with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. As interns, PPF welcomed us into the fold of the multi-generational, often rambunctious crew that became like family. The old-timers showed us the ropes of advocacy and the tedious details of commissioners’ resolutions. The young adults taught us to stake a claim in the conversations on the church’s identity, racial injustice, and divestment.

Comprehension is Not a Prerequisite to Compassion

Are there any more words that can be written or spoken after the violence of the past ten days? Certainly none that can bring back Anton Sterling or Philando Castile or Delrawn Small or Sandra Bland; none that can crumble this violent system of white supremacy to its foundations overnight; none that can heal the physical, emotional, and mental wounds caused by the systemic and systematic violence that we have seen and remembered in the last week. There are no words that can right these injustices, yet words that change minds and actions that challenge systems are the effective and nonviolent tools we have to dismantle the system of white supremacy upon which the United States is built, the system that denies that Black Lives Matter.

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