General Assembly

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.

GA222: A Gospel Vision for the Church

The 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) was one of the most positive church experiences I’ve had in a long time. There were moments of disappointment and frustration, as always, but I sit several days after closing worship with a sense of hope and deep gratitude for the people and the work of the PC(USA). I also sit ready to get back to work (after a brief rest, which I hope you all are taking as well), because we as PPF have a special role after this GA that could have just changed the way our denomination engages with peace and nonviolence.

Discovering a New Way for Peace: Discerning Fossil Fuel Divestment

Discerning a faithful path for our financial relationship to the fossil fuel industry has been a major part of my experience as a leader in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.  As a new leader, I relied heavily on the wisdom of my elders who built the PPF endowment to maintain the work of peacemaking for future generations.  Like all forms of divestment, there were questions about ethics, about the bottom line, and about our relationships to corporations and employees who would be affected. We took time to discern our answers to all these questions and found new ones too!

Coming Up in 2016: Activist Council, GA, A Delegation, and So Much More!

Happy New Year! What a year 2015 was. It would be easy to reflect on the past year and think it was a year of new and big changes for PPF--and it was, with a transition in staff and volunteer leadership and our change in structure, among many other changes. But even amid these changes, 2015 was also a year of deepening our foundational commitments to peacemaking and nonviolence--work that we will continue in this new year and for many years to come.

Progressive Presbyterians Issues Briefing Breakfast

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Location: First Congregational United Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Avenue (2 blocks from the SW 6th & Madison MAX station)

Sponsored by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Presbyterian Voices for Justice, the Israel/Palestine Mission Network, Presbyterians for Earth Care, Fossil Free PCUSA, and More Light Presbyterians.

A Month of Creation Justice

The weather is finally beginning to feel fall-like here in New York, a not-so-subtle reminder of the reality of climate change in our world as we prepare to mark the three-year anniversary of Sandy in just ten days. This has also been a theme over the past month in my work with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.

Choosing to be a Church Committed to the Gospel of Matthew 25

The next General Assembly is likely to define our understanding of what it means to be church for many years to come. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship sees this as a critical moment for our denomination to begin to redefine itself as an institution that will follow the movement of the Holy Spirit and locate ourselves clearly with and for those who are most on the margins of the dominant economy and social paradigm. If, like us, are inspired to reshape entrenched institutional structures, and if you believe that this is the moment to shape our denomination's witness for decades to come, we hope you will consider using this overture to start a conversation with your own session.

PPF 2016 Breakfast Speaker Will Be Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is honored and thrilled to announce that Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou will deliver the keynote at our biennial Peace Breakfast. The Peace Breakfast will be held on June 22, 2016 during the 222nd PC(USA) General Assembly in Portland, Oregon.

222nd PC(USA) General Assembly

Saturday, June 18, 2016Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016's General Assembly will be held in Portland, OR. PPF will have a presence there as always. Please join our email list to stay informed in the lead-up to this event.

For information on PPF's witness, work, and events at the 222nd General Assembly, visit this page.

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