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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.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb at Mercy Junction for weekend of 'Justice and Peacemaking: From Gaza to Chattanooga'

Social justice organizations and churches are hosting Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb for a series of events tilted “Justice and Peacemaking: From Gaza to Chattanooga,” May 29 to May 31.

Section II: What, then, is the Church in the United States to Do?

Section I: The Islamic State and the Events that Have Brought Us to this Point

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

As U.S. Christians, we call for a rejection of current policies of our government, which are based heavily on military power. We offer in its place an alternative approach, firmly rooted in Christ’s gospel of peace and implemented through non-violent actions in the hard work of peace, reconciliation and restorative justice. We recognize that the approach suggested here will require further elaboration.

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