"God is Love"

"It seems to me that loving our brothers and sisters means, at the very least, listening to them. I hope that we are listening to the cries coming out of West Baltimore, the cries of anger, pain, hopelessness, and despair, the cries for racial and economic justice, the cries for respect and dignity. Only then can we begin to understand what is going on in our beloved city." (excerpt from "God is Love," a sermon preached by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers on May 3, 2015)

The Terrible Shepherd

Rev. Aric Clark sings a Billy Joel song and connects it to the nonviolent way of Jesus.

"Love in Action" (following the death of Freddie Gray)

The African-American activist and public intellectual, Cornel West, says that “justice is what love looks like in public.” For me, last week, putting love into action looked like joining in a nonviolent march for justice for Freddie Gray. We were black and white, young and old, Christians, Jews, and Muslims – all marching together.

Following Jesus Means Resisting the Trans Pacific Partnership

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a global Free Trade Agreement being negotiated between the United States and 11 other nations that will lead to greater exploitation of global marginalized communities, a dismantling of national autonomy, and the unchecked destruction of the environment. To seek the Kingdom of God on earth, we must turn away from this institutional sin and follow Jesus in the ways of peacemaking.

Colombia Delegation Report

In February, a small and committed group of PPFers went to Colombia to celebrate ten years of our partnership with the IPC and to discern how we can best continue the important work of accompaniment that has been a vital part of our work together. Without trying to rehearse the entire trip, I can tell you that we spent time in each of the three Presbyteries. In each one, there was agreement that the accompaniment work has been important, and that it remains important as we look to the future. Each Presbytery has a different approach – in some ways even a different theology of accompaniment.