General Assembly 2014

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!

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.

Top Ten Reasons to Receive the Peacemaking Offering in Your Church

Presbyterian trivia, David Letterman's mother worked as a secretary in a Presbyterian Church so his "Top Ten" surely has Presbyterian roots.   

Top Ten Reasons to Receive the Peacemaking Offering in Your Church

Excerpt from Medea Benjamin's Speech at the 2014 Peace Breakfast

Drones are just the latest technology of killing. If it were not drones, it would be something else. This is part of a larger problem of a military-industrial-congressional-security complex that is keeping us in a perpetual state of war. Thousands of people have been killed by these drones, many of them civilians and only 2% of them can be identified as high level al Qaeda operatives. The rest of them are either low level people or innocent people.

PPF GA Intern Ashley Mcfaul's Reflection

Techniques and Talking Points: For pastors and other church leaders regarding Israel and Palestine

Over the coming months, many of us will be in the position of interpreting the actions of the General Assembly in our congregations and with friends who are Presbyterian and from other faith traditions, and possibly with leaders from the Jewish and Muslim communities. Some of us will have the opportunity to craft letters to the editor or to make appearances on local radio or TV stations. We want to provide you with some background to help you prepare well to take advantage of those opportunities.

Risking Peace in a Violent World: Affirmations for Presbytery Consideration

As the next stage in a six-year process of discernment, the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) directs the Stated Clerk to send to each presbytery, electronically and in print, the following five affirmations and supporting rationale with the request that they discuss and take an advisory vote on each affirmation and send the results of those votes, along with a summary of the floor discussion, back to the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy by July 1, 2015, to help guide the preparation of a report on peacemaking directions for the 222nd General Assembly (2016).

PPF GA Intern Colleen Earp's Reflection

Meet Colleen Earp and the other 2014 GA interns.

I have been present at the 221st General Assembly in Detroit this week as one of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship’s interns, and I am exhausted.

Presbyterian Church General Assembly Approves Divestment from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions for Business Supporting Israel's Occupation of Palestine

After a great deal of prayer, debate, and thoughtful deliberation, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted today to divest itself of its stock in three companies whose business supports or profits from the State of Israel's Occupation of Palestine. Young Adult Advisory Delegates voted 65% in favor of the motion, Theological Advisory Delegate over 90%, and Ecumenical and Mission Advisory Delegates 100% in favor of the motion. The Commissioners' vote was much closer, affirming the proposal to divest 51% to 49%.

The Poetry of War and Peace

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2:00 - 2:30 pm  

Discussion at the PPF Booth 609/708 in COBO

Poetry read by J. Barrie Shepherd, author of “Between Mirage and Miracle” and Pastor Emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York. Copies available for sale.