Nonviolent Witness

Anger & Nonviolence: A Sermon on September 11

This sermon was preached by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo on Sunday September 11, 2016 at the Northville United Presbyterian Church on Jeremiah 4: 11-28

 

I do not like today.  I do not like September 11th.  

That day brings too many memories to my mind.  

Bad memories, sad memories.

Repentance and Action in the Wake of Charlottesville

As thousands of clergy and other religious leaders gathered in cities across the United States yesterday to stand against white supremacy, many PPF Activist Council members were among them. We were there because we know that white supremacy is violence. We were there because since our creation over 70 years ago, we have opposed all war, and white supremacy has been waging war on Black people in the United States and globally.

Five Risks Presbyterians Must Take for Peace

Five RisksFive Risks Presbyterians Must Take for Peace: Renewing the Commitment to Peacemaking in the PC(USA)

By Christian Iosso

The Substance and Evidence of our Faith after Charlottesville

I’ve told about my experiences in Charlottesville this past weekend over and over in the last couple days — on social media, in videos, and to reporters, family members, friends, and others in my community. That is one of the reasons I went, to bear witness to what would happen there; and, I am grateful to each person who gave me the opportunity to fulfill that reason by letting me tell them the stories. But, when I sat down to write this reflection, I started at least a dozen times. What else did I have left to say?

Reflections from the True Colors Conference

The 24 year old True Colors annual conference took place on March 17 and 18 and the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  It was wonderful to be among 2,000 LGBTQ high school and college youths from across Connecticut and the region in a place that was welcoming, affirming and joyous.  My spirit was renewed by the gift of their energy and zeal.  I was moved by the stories of the kids as they struggled to find a place of welcome in the world and their parents as many of them struggled to do the right thing at the right time for them.

Vamos Adelante - Sanctuary Training & Network

This past weekend, February 10-11, PPF had the privilege of hosting a Sanctuary Training with the Synod of the Northeast, the National Sanctuary Movement, and the Community of Living Traditions.

A Presbyterian Perspective on Faith & Politics

The Calvinist tradition of public engagement is part of the historic self-understanding of Presbyterians. From a Presbyterian perspective, our faith demands that we take our responsibility as citizens seriously and involve ourselves in the public affairs of our community, our nation, and the world.

Let’s Show Trump What It Means to Be a Presbyterian

I was as embarrassed and angry as anyone else that a man like Trump was claiming my faith community as his own—a faith community that has challenged me to be more loving, more courageous, more justice-seeking, more open, more hospitable. But after the initial embarrassment in the form of indignation wore off, I realized I was not so surprised, because I have also seen the Church enact the Empire-values that Trump embodies.

What Do You Do at Mercy Junction?

What do you do at Mercy Junction? What is it? Are you a church or what?
I get that question a lot.
I have an elevator speech.

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