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Gene Sharp’s Study of Nonviolent Action

Prepared by Roger Powers, handout for discussion of Gene Sharp's studies on nonviolent action.

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U.S. Grants Visa to Omar Barghouti, Palestinian Advocate of Israel Boycott

Democracy Now speaks with Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, author of the new book Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/4/11/us_backs_down_and_grants_visa

Libya: Another Day, Another War

This poem came through the PPF office today and we want to share it with you. Lord, hear our prayer.

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Another Day, Another War

Another Day, Another War
  and so it goes, day after day, year after year,
  all over this world.

War's Corruption of Christianity

This article by Gary G. Kohls provides a brief summary of Christianity's journey from nonviolence to Just War.

http://consortiumnews.com/2011/032111a.html

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

Based in Washington, DC, this is the group that put together the PBS series "A Force More Powerful." They also have a computer simulation game on nonviolent struggle. And they offer a free news digest on nonviolent conflict that you can sign up for and have delivered to your email inbox each week.

http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/

Preaching Peace, Living Nonviolence: Resources for Worship, Study and Action

Preaching Peace, Living Nonviolence:
Resources for Worship, Study and Action

This article from Bruce Gillette offers a wealth of current resources for pastors and congregations on the proclamation and study of nonviolence.

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Nonviolence – Jesus’ Third Way (sermon)

Nonviolence – Jesus’ Third Way

A sermon delivered by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers
at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore,
on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Matthew 5:38-48

The Hidden Life of Guns

A powerful three-day spread beginning a series on straw purchasing and all of the economic and political interests that fuel this immoral death-dealing practice. It is some of the most brilliant and courageous investigative reporting since Woodward & Bernstein. There are several articles and videos and interactive information sites on how guns move from gun stores into the illegal market, oftentimes very quickly, in Maryland and Virginia.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/nation/guns/

Overture on Iraq - Final Version

Final text of the overture on Iraq, approved by the 219th General Assembly (2010) by a vote of 525-80-8

RECOMMENDATION
The Presbytery of Providence respectfully overtures the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to:

  1. Pray for

Nonviolence Discernment Overture - Final Version

PPF was instrumental in crafting an overture to the 219th General Assembly (from National Capital Presbytery) calling the church to a time of discernment "to Seek Clarity on Whether God Is Calling the Church to Embrace Nonviolence as Its Response to War and Terror." The overture was strengthened in committee and combined with an overture from Pittsburgh Presbytery, On Strengthening the Peacemaking Program." The final text of the overture, which was approved by unanimous vote in committee and by consensus by the GA, is below:

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