Nonviolent Witness

Remembering the Dead In The Continuing Wars in Iraq and Afganistan

This is the reflection we lead at the New Haven, Connecticut War Memorial.  At the end of the reflection a stone is place on a memorial cairn with the number of the dead in the Iraq and Afgan warsm for the previous month.

We are here this evening to remember, to morn and to seek forgiveness for the wars undertaken in our name.  We are here to reinforce our resolve as we continue the hard work of building peace.

From Iraq: wars and casualties, 14 years on

By Lily Hamourtziadou – March 16, 2016 (Iraq Body Count)

"We are ready to protect our homeland"

May 28, 2016 

Waking up Saturday morning to the birds chirping in the mountains of the village of Gullan was such a powerful reminder of the beauty found in this region’s land and people. Kaka Latif and his family so generously offered us their home for the night and provided us with incredible meals and hospitality.

Psalm 120 Remixed

I re-wrote Psalm 120 originally for a School of the Americas worship service at Union Theological Seminary. I find it still to be relevant, especially during this election season.

Psalm 120

In anger and despair I cry out to God,
that the Almighty might answer me,

praying

Why I joined PPF... and the PC(USA): A Presbyterian Conversion Story

This past June, I had the opportunity of a Presbyterian lifetime to attend General Assembly in Portland, Oregon as an intern with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. As interns, PPF welcomed us into the fold of the multi-generational, often rambunctious crew that became like family. The old-timers showed us the ropes of advocacy and the tedious details of commissioners’ resolutions. The young adults taught us to stake a claim in the conversations on the church’s identity, racial injustice, and divestment.

Comprehension is Not a Prerequisite to Compassion

Are there any more words that can be written or spoken after the violence of the past ten days? Certainly none that can bring back Anton Sterling or Philando Castile or Delrawn Small or Sandra Bland; none that can crumble this violent system of white supremacy to its foundations overnight; none that can heal the physical, emotional, and mental wounds caused by the systemic and systematic violence that we have seen and remembered in the last week. There are no words that can right these injustices, yet words that change minds and actions that challenge systems are the effective and nonviolent tools we have to dismantle the system of white supremacy upon which the United States is built, the system that denies that Black Lives Matter.

SHUT…IT….DOWN!

"If we don't get it, shut it down!" was our rallying cry as hundreds marched toward the McDonald's Headquarters outside Chicago. At the end of May, seven of us from Cherith Brook Catholic Worker hopped on one of 5 charter buses.Cherith Brook $15 & Union

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!

What I Learned from a Radical Korean Pastor

South Korea faces a kind of crisis. It is a country with rich spiritual and cultural resources which have carried the people through thousands of years of imperial domination. But these resources could soon be pushed to their limit by aggressive Westernization.

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."

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