Nonviolent Witness

Netanyahu Condemns Act of Terror But Misses the Point

This past weekend was darkened by the news from the West Bank that many of us saw when we woke up on Friday--that 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh had died in an arson fire set by Israeli settlers. As we read the news, Ali’s four-year-old brother and parents were in the hospital being treated for burn injuries. It wasn’t long before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the US, the UN, and the European Union condemned this act of violence. Most notably, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli Army, too, called this an act of terror.

Journal of Resistance Studies

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Peacemaking and peacemakers

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about peacemaking and peacemakers.   For me, it comes down to three pretty simple concepts.  All lives matter equally – the victim and the perpetrator, the peacemaker and the warmonger – all lives matter equally.   Human rights are human rights for all – rich and poor, friend and antagonist - human rights are human rights for all.  Peacemakers refuse to be enemies even with those who call peacemakers their enemies.

Clergy Arrested as "Moral Mondays" Protests Legislative Corruption and Inaction

Sixteen people were arrested Monday afternoon at the Capitol as more than 100 faith, labor and community leaders gathered for a ‘Moral Mondays’ vigil to protest what they called Albany’s broken system, which leaves New York’s families, students and workers to struggle needlessly. Clergy and advocates held 16 Moral Mondays rallies at the Capitol this year, calling for a range of policies, including more funding for public education and anti-hunger programs, an increase to the minimum wage, an end to long-term solitary confinement, and tax reform.

The Terrible Shepherd

Rev. Aric Clark sings a Billy Joel song and connects it to the nonviolent way of Jesus.

"Love in Action" (following the death of Freddie Gray)

The African-American activist and public intellectual, Cornel West, says that “justice is what love looks like in public.” For me, last week, putting love into action looked like joining in a nonviolent march for justice for Freddie Gray. We were black and white, young and old, Christians, Jews, and Muslims – all marching together.

Two New Foundational PPF Documents Released

During Holy Week 2015, the National Committee of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship confirmed and released two new foundational documents for our work together and testimony with the world. On the day Jesus was put to death we once again affirm our stance against war. We chose "to embrace gospel nonviolence as the only stance consistent with Christian discipleship. We invite all persons of good will, and especially followers of Jesus, to work with us in projects aimed at building peace."

Statement on the Approval of Amendment 14-F on Marriage

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship expresses joy and gratitude with Presbyterians across the country tonight as a majority of presbyteries have voted in favor of an amendment to the Book of Order concerning how we do marriage in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The new section to be added to our Directory for Worship says that “Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” That two people commit themselves to living together for the rest of their lives is peacemaking up close and personal. And marriage gives hope that human beings can learn to live together.

The Power of a Committed, Morally Sound Minority

A powerful speech by Martin Luther King reminds us of the ways in which a committed, morally sound minority can change the course of history.

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