Israel Palestine + Iraq + Iran + Afghanistan

"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.

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!

Briefing Papers for GA222 Commissioners

PPF has published these brief documents that lift up key issues and analysis of overtures before the General Assembly that pertain to peacemaking and nonviolence. Please share these documents widely with commissioners and others at General Assembly. Commissioners and others can also follow #PPFGA on social media for updates.

The Oil Companies May Be the End of Us

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We survived the Ottomans; then we survived the British; then we survived Saddam Hussein. After all that we’re still here, but the oil companies may be the end of us.”

Finding Community and Empowerment After ISIS

This blog post was written by one of the delegates who preferred not to attach their name to a blog, but wanted to reflect and share about the day our delegation spent in Suleimani visiting a children's center and a women's center.
 
A visit with Rahim Amin Hassan of the "STEP" Program (Seeking To Equip People).

United in Kurdistan

Ashley, Timothy, and Mohammed talk before the "Ritual of Arrival" worship service this afternoon (5/19/16)All members of the CPT/PPF Iraqi Kurdistan delegation arrived as scheduled in Sulemani!

Interview with Germán Zarate: From Colombia to Palestine

When I arrived in Colombia on April 15, Germán Zarate, the much-beloved coordinator of the Colombia Accompaniment Program in Colombia, was still traveling back to his home in Barranquilla from Palestine and Israel. I first met Germán when I was serving as an accompanier in Urabá in May 2012, and, like many accomapaniers, I was immediately drawn to his kind and friendly spirit, challenged by his astute critiques of the Church and the US government, and inspired by his lifelong work for justice and human rights in Colombia and the Church.

A Pathway to Just Peace in Israel-Palestine

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship thanks the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) for its document, Israel-Palestine: For Human Values in the Absence of a Just Peace. That document, produced by a study team of the denomination appointed in response to an overture passed at the last General Assembly, provides an important overview of the evolving situation on the ground in Israel and Palestine. We commend this document for study by all Presbyterians, and especially by Commissioners to the forth-coming meeting of the General Assembly of the PC(USA).

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