Earth & Climate

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.

A Pastoral Letter to the 222nd General Assembly: Compassion, Solidarity and Divestment

In our judgment, Presbyterians largely agree that climate change is real. Most of us believe that that this crisis poses a huge threat in communities that are at risk across our country and around the world. Further, there is broad consensus among Presbyterians that the scientific consensus is correct that this threat will grow exponentially over the years to come. We saw very little debate about these basic facts as Committee 9 deliberated this week.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Press Conference

Sunday, June 19, 2016

On Sunday June 19, 2016, ten moderators of the Presbyterian Church will endorse the proposal for the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest itself of all fossil fuel investments in the national church endowments and pension funds. Part of a growing international movement to abate climate change, the proposal will be voted on later in the week by the commissioners to the 222nd General Assembly (PC(USA), meeting in Portland.

A Vigil for Creation Justice

Monday, June 20, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Outside the convention center

Led by PPF and Fossil Free PCUSA

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!

Briefing Papers for GA222 Commissioners

PPF has published these brief documents that lift up key issues and analysis of overtures before the General Assembly that pertain to peacemaking and nonviolence. Please share these documents widely with commissioners and others at General Assembly. Commissioners and others can also follow #PPFGA on social media for updates.

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.”

We Have Not Forgotten You

"We neither manufactured these weapons, nor feel proud exhibiting it. In fact, these were used by those who threatened our existence. We also admit that these very weapons helped us achieve our freedom."

A Month of Creation Justice

The weather is finally beginning to feel fall-like here in New York, a not-so-subtle reminder of the reality of climate change in our world as we prepare to mark the three-year anniversary of Sandy in just ten days. This has also been a theme over the past month in my work with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.

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