General Assembly 2010

Peace Discernment Process: Journeying towards a Bold Peace Witness

The Peace Discernment Process, if you're not already aware, invites congregations and presbyteries to participate in a church-wide Peace Discernment conversation to "seek clarity as to God's call to the church to embrace nonviolence as its fundamental response to the challenges of violence, terror, and war; and to identify, explore, and nurture new approaches to active peacemaking and nonviolence." This Peace Discernment Process was initiated by the 219th General Assembly (2010) in response to overtures from several presbyteries, and it was reaffirmed by the 220th General Assembly (2012).

PC(USA) Middle East Reports 2010-2012

The following combined reports are a helpful summary of current PC(USA) policy on the Middle East:

The Report of the Middle East Study Committee as Approved by the 219th General Assembly (2010)

Including

The Report of the Middle East Monitoring Group as Approved by the 220th General Assembly (2012)

Download the reports (pdf)

Peace Church Beta: What if we left Just War theory behind?

As the Pres­by­ter­ian Church (U.S.A.) begins a process of dis­cern­ment on whether to embrace non­vi­o­lence offi­cially, the Pres­by­ter­ian Peace Fel­low­ship con­venes peace­mak­ers from across the church.

by Matthew Black
from Unbound

We Pres­by­te­ri­ans know all about mir­a­cles— they hap­pen in committees.

Video & More from Convocation of Peacemakers 2011

PPF Co-Moderator to Help with Church-Wide Peace Discernment Process

A church-wide exploration of next steps in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s peacemaking witness, which was approved by last year’s 219th General Assembly, will be staffed, in part, by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers, pastor of Light Street Presbyterian Church (Baltimore) and co-moderator of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. He will represent the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program as a part-time consultant to the General Assembly Peace Discernment Steering Team. The Rev. Christian T. Iosso, Ph.D., coordinator of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP), will also be staffing the Steering Team.

Pentagon Building Bases in Central America and Colombia

Despite Constitutional Court Striking Down Base Agreement

The Fellowship of Reconciliation’s article on the expansion of US military presence in Colombia gives an important view into how the US military’s reach in Colombia continues to adapt to potential roadblocks to the US/Colombia Base Agreement of 2009—so that military intervention is not lessened or weakened. It is also important to note that military aid to Colombia does not just “benefit” military expansion in Colombia, but has regional and worldwide implications, that stretch beyond Colombia even to the Afghanistan War.

Overture on Iraq - Final Version

Final text of the overture on Iraq, approved by the 219th General Assembly (2010) by a vote of 525-80-8

RECOMMENDATION
The Presbytery of Providence respectfully overtures the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to:

  1. Pray for

Nonviolence Discernment Overture - Final Version

PPF was instrumental in crafting an overture to the 219th General Assembly (from National Capital Presbytery) calling the church to a time of discernment "to Seek Clarity on Whether God Is Calling the Church to Embrace Nonviolence as Its Response to War and Terror." The overture was strengthened in committee and combined with an overture from Pittsburgh Presbytery, On Strengthening the Peacemaking Program." The final text of the overture, which was approved by unanimous vote in committee and by consensus by the GA, is below:

Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call

The complete final text approved unanimously by the 219th General Assembly, 2010:

http://www.pcusa.org/get/resources/resource/10850/ (pdf)

 

Also available: working version & vote details from GA: https://www.pc-biz.org/Explorer.aspx?id=3215

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