The Rev. Kelly Allen, chair of the Mission Presbytery (South Texas) Immigration Task Force, talked of how churches in Texas are cooperating with other local agencies to respond to the surge of children and families fleeing violence in Central America, and the Rev. Linda Eastwood, a PPF National Committee member who worships with a New Sanctuary Movement congregation in Chicago, told stories and shared ways for congregations around the country to advocate for immigration reform and to protect immigrants facing deportation.
Following the closing worship of the Annual Meeting of the Presbyterian National Committee, I was given an opportunity over lunch to expound in conversation upon one of my favorite subjects: the sacrament of Holy Communion. "Participation in the feast doesn't require our intellectual agreement with all that it signifies, nor is our invitation contingent on assuming any particular identity, least of all a Christian one," I said, "because the ritual bears witness to a unity which is deeper than, and comes prior to, any of those conceits. You and I are one at a cellular, even atomic level.
[Guest Post] The Center on Conscience & War is busier than we have been in recent memory. Thanks in no small part to the steadfast and generous support of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, we have been working steadily to increase our outreach efforts, making it possible for so many soldiers of conscience to find us and get the technical support they need to succeed in achieving discharge from the military.
A diverse group of congregational leaders held a press conference on October 23 in front of Immigration Courts in San Antonio to denounce the federal government's policy of labeling young refugee women and children as "threats to national security" and to announce the creation of a Bond Fund to help release families from detention.
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.