PPF Peace Breakfast

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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The biennial Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Peace Breakfast will be held on June 22, 2016 during the 222nd PC(USA) General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. Registration will be at 6:45 AM and the breakfast begins at 7:00 AMWe will honor 3 individuals with the PPF Peaceseeker Award: Evelyn Chumbow & Jill Bolander-Cohen will receive the 2015 award for their work to end human trafficking, and Bill Coop will receive award for 2016 for his lifelong commitment to peacemaking, including anti-war and Civil Rights work. We are thrilled that Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou will deliver the keynote: "Faith in the Age of Ferguson." 

This year, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will be working especially hard with our partners to engage the 222nd General Assembly on the issue of our financial and moral response to the climate crisis and the call of the Gospel to social witness. Rev. Sekou is a leading and challenging religious voice of our era that continues to call us a deeper focus on the non-violent way of Christ in concrete ways. He reminds us of the moral call as people of faith to re-ground ourselves in the reality of today’s injustices and the belief that oppression in the form of racism, police brutality, homophobia, or any other manifestation of injustice is not the will of God.

Rev. SekouSt. Louis raised activist, theologian and author; the Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education & Research Institute at the time of the police killing of Michael Brown. He traveled to Ferguson, MO in mid-August last year, and continues to organize in St. Louis alongside local and national groups on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

The Rev. Sekou has studied continental philosophy at the New School, systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary and religion at Harvard University. He has lectured widely, including at Princeton University, Harvard Divinity School, the University of Virginia, University of Paris IV - La Sorbonne and Vanderbilt University, and has taught at the Seminary Consortium of Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago, IL.

The Reverend has helped train thousands in civil disobedience and non-violent resistance, and has traveled nationally and globally speaking, training and organizing. In May 2015, Rev. Sekou moved back to St. Louis full-time to support local groups in the ongoing struggle for economic and social justice and an end to police brutality. Reverend Sekou was recently made the inaugural Bayard Rustin Fellow by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

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