Overview of Peace Discernment

Will the PC(USA) Become a Peace Church?

Since 2010 the General Assembly the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) has been in the midst of a process to discern whether "to embrace nonviolence as its fundamental response to the challenges of violence, terror, and war."

The process began with some PPF members thinking big about what could make a significant difference in our denomination's approaches to justice and peacemaking. The result was an overture to the General Assembly that was strongly adopted in 2010. You can read some of the story in this article.

The final version of the 2010 overture created a task force that has been guiding the PC(USA)'s current work of discernment. In the task force's Interim Report in 2012, they gathered much of current policy on peacemaking and framed the process of church-wide discernment (see also an article discussing the interim report).

After two years of study, the final interim paper to the 221st General Assembly taking place this summer in Detroit, MI: Risking Peace in a Violent World has been published. It can be found here.

Please take some time as a member of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship to carefully review this interim report and then to offer your feedback to the General Assembly Committee at generalassembly@presbypeacefellowship.org for our consideration as we put together our briefing papers, organize testimony and prepare our advocacy for the General Assembly. We would appreciate your feedback no later than May 1, 2014.