Iraq

First Monday Service At The New Haven, CT War Memorial

On the first Monday of each month, a dedicated group of peace seekers gathers at the War Memorial in New Haven, CT to remember and to mourn the dead in the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Each month we add a stone to a growing cairn.  One of our members placed a sprig of sage he collected on a recent witness at Standing Rock.

Remembering the Dead In The Continuing Wars in Iraq and Afganistan

This is the reflection we lead at the New Haven, Connecticut War Memorial.  At the end of the reflection a stone is place on a memorial cairn with the number of the dead in the Iraq and Afgan warsm for the previous month.

We are here this evening to remember, to morn and to seek forgiveness for the wars undertaken in our name.  We are here to reinforce our resolve as we continue the hard work of building peace.

From Iraq: wars and casualties, 14 years on

By Lily Hamourtziadou – March 16, 2016 (Iraq Body Count)

"We are ready to protect our homeland"

May 28, 2016 

Waking up Saturday morning to the birds chirping in the mountains of the village of Gullan was such a powerful reminder of the beauty found in this region’s land and people. Kaka Latif and his family so generously offered us their home for the night and provided us with incredible meals and hospitality.

GA222: A Gospel Vision for the Church

The 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) was one of the most positive church experiences I’ve had in a long time. There were moments of disappointment and frustration, as always, but I sit several days after closing worship with a sense of hope and deep gratitude for the people and the work of the PC(USA). I also sit ready to get back to work (after a brief rest, which I hope you all are taking as well), because we as PPF have a special role after this GA that could have just changed the way our denomination engages with peace and nonviolence.

Discovering a New Way for Peace: Discerning Fossil Fuel Divestment

Discerning a faithful path for our financial relationship to the fossil fuel industry has been a major part of my experience as a leader in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.  As a new leader, I relied heavily on the wisdom of my elders who built the PPF endowment to maintain the work of peacemaking for future generations.  Like all forms of divestment, there were questions about ethics, about the bottom line, and about our relationships to corporations and employees who would be affected. We took time to discern our answers to all these questions and found new ones too!

The Oil Companies May Be the End of Us

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We survived the Ottomans; then we survived the British; then we survived Saddam Hussein. After all that we’re still here, but the oil companies may be the end of us.”

Finding Community and Empowerment After ISIS

This blog post was written by one of the delegates who preferred not to attach their name to a blog, but wanted to reflect and share about the day our delegation spent in Suleimani visiting a children's center and a women's center.
 
A visit with Rahim Amin Hassan of the "STEP" Program (Seeking To Equip People).

United in Kurdistan

Ashley, Timothy, and Mohammed talk before the "Ritual of Arrival" worship service this afternoon (5/19/16)All members of the CPT/PPF Iraqi Kurdistan delegation arrived as scheduled in Sulemani!

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.

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