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Courage and Complicity in the Heart of Empire

Rick Ufford-Chase, PPF Co-Moderator, preached this sermon at Church of the Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 14, 2016. This sermon weaves together many issues and themes that are important to PPF (including many issues that will come up at the General Assembly in June 2016) and calls us to resist the temptations of Empire and instead commit ourselves over and over again to peacemaking, just as Jesus did in the wilderness.

Rethinking Our Coverage of Israel-Palestine: Parody as Activism

 If you’ve ever lived in or known someone who has lived in New York, you know that people who live in New York City avoid Times Square at all costs. Yet on Tuesday morning I found myself climbing out of the subway onto 42nd street at 6:30 in the morning to meet up with some activists from Jewish Voice for Peace.

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.

Bil'in and Nonviolent Resistance by Iyad Burnat

"A quiet, intense man with piercing eyes, enthusiasm for action and a fierce love of family, Iyad Burnat has turned the defense of his little village of Bil'in into an international phenomenon. If Palestinian resistance on the ground has a face, it is his.

Faith, in the Midst of Conflict

On a recent visit to Israel and Palestine, the force of the occupation was in plain sight in many places. One of those involved time spent with members of the Greek Orthodox Church in Beit Jala, where we came face to face with ways in which the occupation challenges their faith. The occupation calls on us all to draw on our faith in ways that will sustain our hope for better times.

Mosaic of Peace Conference

Monday, April 4, 2016Saturday, April 16, 2016
Mosaic of Peace 2016
 
The event website has conference details, a sample schedule, and an online application.  
 

Join Hundreds of Presbyterians Who Have Pledged to Act for Justice in Palestine

J. Herbert Nelson reminds us in this video that, as Presbyterians, we are called to act for justice as individuals and as a community as we wait for peace. Will you pledge to boycott Israeli products that are made in the illegal settlements? Together we can work for peace even as we await the Prince of Peace.

Hymn: God, Whose Love Is Always Stronger

God, whose love is always stronger than our weakness, pride and fear,
In your world, we pray and wonder how to be more faithful here.
Hate too often grows inside us; fear rules what the nations do.
So we pray, when wars divide us: give us love, Lord! Make us new!

Another Son is Killed (A Hymn for Peace)

The following hymn is dedicated to the memory of Shaul Lahav, grandson of Paul and Helen Loeb (members of the church where we were then pastors), who was killed while serving in the Israel Defense Forces by a Palestinian on November 18, 2003 on the road between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.  See Carolyn Gillette's hymn note for more on this tragic story that inspired this hymn of lament.

Delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan

Tuesday, May 17, 2016Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is partnering with Christian Peacemaker Teams to travel with a delegation of 7-12 young adults to Iraqi Kurdistan. This delegation will focus particularly on the role and impact of fossil fuels in the region and how we might respond faithfully and in solidarity with our partners there.

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