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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.

New Agreement with Iran Offers Great Hope for Good Outcomes

PPF is encouraged by the agreement announced on April 2 between negotiators from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. The agreement puts in place a framework for resolution of a key dimension of a conflict that has bedeviled relationships across the Middle East. For those of us committed to finding a peaceful resolution to this conflict through diplomacy, this agreement opens a way forward that respects Iran’s right to develop a nuclear industry for peaceful uses, while controlling the threat that it will produce atomic weapons.

Tell PC(USA) It's Time for Action on Boycott

Just like the US government, the PC(USA) has supported peace in the Middle East by periodically making statements supporting the peace process. But talk is cheap, whether it is the US government speaking or the church. The church needs to hear from its constituents. That means you. The PC(USA) Office of Public Witness is collecting signatures of individuals, churches and other entities who pledge to support this boycott. Please sign.

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Expands Occupation-Free Endowment

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will start 2015 with a new commitment to peace and justice through investment. And it will do it through the New Covenant Trust Company, a subsidiary of the venerable Presbyterian Foundation which has supported Presbyterian mission for over 200 years.

SodaStream Leaves West Bank: A Success for BDS

In late October home carbonation machine manufacturer SodaStream announced the decision to close its West Bank factory in an illegal Jewish settlement. SodaStream has been a major focus of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement to pressure Israel to end the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. A company spokesperson said the decision was based on business reasons unrelated to the boycott. The evidence indicates otherwise: At the time of the announcement, stock prices had fallen 58% and profits 42% in 2014. Macy’s dropped the product and high-profile investor George Soros sold his stake in the company.

Is Reconciliation Possible with Iran?

Our world is confronting a major fork in the road in negotiations concerning Iran's nuclear programs. The deadline is fast approaching for reaching agreement in talks currently taking place in Geneva. The outcome will have widespread implications, opening possibilities for scaling back on conflicts or adding dangerous fuel to those fires in many places around the globe.

2015 Convocation of Peacemakers

Thursday, June 4, 2015 to Sunday, 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.

Peter Beinart Calls for Direct Action by American Jews

Continuing his movement away from the party line, Peter Beinart, one of the leading public intellectuals in the Jewish community in the US, is now calling for liberal American Jews to put their bodies on the line in the Occupied Territories in order to pressure the Israeli government to move quickly to a just resolution.

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).

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