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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.

One State, Two States: The Goal is Restorative Justice

A conversation concerning the desirability of one or two states for Israel and Palestine must start from clarity as to the goals we seek.  The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship affirms that the outcome must be grounded in Restorative Justice, providing justice for all, Israelis as well as Palestinians, achieved in a context that includes movement towards reconciliation between the parties to the conflict.

Friends of Sabeel North America, Pittsburgh Conference: We Refuse To Be Enemies - Struggle for a Just Peace in Palestine-Israel

Friday, October 16, 2015Saturday, October 17, 2015

Come hear first hand accounts of life in Gaza & the West Bank and learn why activists work day in and day out for justice in the U.S. & Palestine. Find out what you can do to take part in this important justice work! All details, speakers, registration for tickets, etc. is available here.

Netanyahu Condemns Act of Terror But Misses the Point

This past weekend was darkened by the news from the West Bank that many of us saw when we woke up on Friday--that 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh had died in an arson fire set by Israeli settlers. As we read the news, Ali’s four-year-old brother and parents were in the hospital being treated for burn injuries. It wasn’t long before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the US, the UN, and the European Union condemned this act of violence. Most notably, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli Army, too, called this an act of terror.

Please Help Save The Palestinian Village of Susiya

The world is watching as the Israeli army to making final preparations to demolish the entire village of Susiya and expel its residents, numbering around 340 men, women and children.  

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

We celebrate the use of creative diplomacy shown in the Iran Nuclear Deal announced Monday that diminishes the threat of war and nuclear proliferation in our world. We applaud the Obama administration for not walking away from the negotiating table, even though many in our country cry for a rejection of the deal, which would surely lead to violent conflict.

Religion, Politics and Way in Today's Middle East

A presentation by Walter Owensby: "In the few minutes we have here today, I’ll not even pretend to touch on all of the issues at stake in the announced topic. My comments will initially focus on several points of intersection between religion and politics in the present Middle East war. Then I’ll close with a few thoughts about what might be useful U.S. policy perspectives in the face of great complexity."

Can We Be Peacemakers for Palestine?

"Can We Be Peacemakers For Palestine?" is an educational program developed by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship for religious, community and other groups interested in justice for Palestinians. The program consists of three sessions of about two hours each. The sessions could be scheduled over three separate days or all three on one day.

Responses to "The Challenge of the Islamic State and A Response Founded on Christ's Call to the Work of Peace"

Our document The Challenge of the Islamic State and A Response Founded on Christ’s Call to the Work of Peace has sparked a healthy discussion on the issues surrounding this topic. In an effort to bring the conversation to one place instead of individual inboxes, we publish this blog post with the purpose of the comments section serving as the online discussion forum.

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