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2015 Convocation of Peacemakers

Thursday, June 4, 2015Sunday, June 7, 2015

Peace and justice activists from across the country are invited to gather at Stony Point Center (Stony Point, NY) for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship's Convocation of Peacemakers to explore "The Art of Waging Peace" through plenary presentations, small group discussions, workshops, Open Space conversations, powerful preaching, and inspiring worship.

This Is A Very Bad Idea

The representational form of democracy known as a republic differs from direct democracy in that it interposes an additional layer of accountability between the people and the decisions rendered by the society. This additional layer is designed as a check on the passions of the "mob," which, when inflamed, can precipitate actions that would undermine the long-term stability and credibility of the society In the larger world community.  It seems, however, to have failed us at the present time.

Faith Groups Join Call for an Arms Embargo on Israel

It is with heavy hearts that we compose this statement. At the time of this writing, the Israeli military’s ground, naval, and aerial bombardment of Gaza has killed more than 1,280 Palestinians. The vast majority of these victims were civilians, according to the United Nations. Palestinian rockets and anti-tank fire have killed two Israeli civilians, one Thai migrant worker, and 53 Israeli soldiers (one Israeli soldier has been reported as “missing” by Israel and “captured” by Hamas).

Fast for Peace

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Join in a one-day Fast for Peace on Tuesday, July 15, called by some a Hunger Strike Against Violence.

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.

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%.

PPF Twitter Chat on Peacemaking Issues at GA

Read the archive of the June 11, 2014 Twitter chat where tweeters discussed issues from divestment to marriage equality.

Sign the Interfaith Letter in Support of Presbyterian Divestment

We share a belief in the central teachings of our respective religious traditions that mandate proactive nonviolent responses to systematic harming of fellow human beings. No human being is outside the circle of our concern.

Sermon: Reflections on the Holy Land

Delivered by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore on Sunday, May 11, 2014
Psalm 122
Luke 19:41-44

Sadness: The Tent of Nations Destroyed

I am heartbroken and crying tonight. Daoud Nasser and his family at The Tent of Nations Environmental and Educational Farm in the West Bank were invaded by Israel. Entire fields of grapes, apples, apricots, almonds, fig and olive trees were wiped out. Up to 1,500 trees destroyed. Daoud and his family own the land, have papers dating from the Ottoman Empire.

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