Nonviolent Witness

PPF National Committee Member Honored with Peace and Justice Award

This year's recipient of the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice at the Yale Divinity School was the Rev. Donald Beisswenger, a 1957 graduate of the divinity school, and a long time National Committee member of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.

Malala Yousafzai on the Daily Show

The 16-year-old Pakistani activist for girls' education spoke with Jon Stewart on October 8, 2013.

Syria: A Call to Prayer and Action

"As Presbyterians enter this Season of Peace, the people of Syria are on our hearts and minds. More than two years of conflict have resulted in over 100,000 deaths, 2 million Syrians becoming refugees, and the internal displacement of as many as 5 million Syrians. The use of chemical weapons on August 21, 2013, resulted in the deaths of over 1,400 people, including hundreds of children—a move prompting the United States, along with other nations, to contemplate the use of military force."

Brothers in the Struggle: A Retreat for Activist Men

Friday, November 1, 2013 to Sunday, November 3, 2013

This weekend retreat at the Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY (co-sponsored with Word and World) is designed for men engaged in activism or movement work (broadly defined) – an invitation to step back, connect with other men, reflect on our lives and return to our work with renewed vision and passion. Participants will also take part in a gathering of the Center and Library for Bible and Social Justice featuring Rev.

Rick Ufford-Chase Speaking at Monmouth College

Sunday, October 6, 2013 to Monday, October 7, 2013

The Lux Center for Church & Religious Leadership at Monmouth College invites you to focus on peace.

Come hear Rick Ufford-Chase, PPF Executive Director, at the following public events:

Sunday,October 6
10:30 a.m. –WorldCommunion /Peacemaking Worship Service at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Monmouth, Illinois. Ufford-Chase preaching.

7:00 p.m. – Public Lecture by Rick Ufford-Chase: “Peacemaking in the 21st Century”
Morgan Room of Poling Hall at Monmouth College. A reception will follow.

Update on Syria - A Webinar from Presbyterian World Mission

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

1:00-2:00 PM Eastern time

A webinar to hear from global partners and colleagues from Syria, Presbyterian World Mission staff, and Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk for the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

Register here.

Crisis in Syria and the U.S: An Op-Ed by Len Bjorkman

PPF can join the numerous faith-based groups and others calling for non-military action in this escalating conflict in Syria. For us as Presbyterians, we especially call attention to the August 30 statements by the General Assembly Stated Clerk and the Office of Public Witness.

Interview with J. Barrie Shepherd, PPF Endowment Campaign Honorary Co-Chair

Originally from Scotland, Barrie Shepherd is a pastor, writer, poet and peacemaker. Pastor Emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, he has written 15 books, most recently "Faces by the Wayside" (Cascade Books) and "Between Mirage and Miracle" (Wipf and Stock). Read our interview with him.

CPT Delegation to Sovereign Elsipogtog First Nation

Friday, September 27, 2013 to Monday, October 7, 2013

A call to join an Aboriginal Justice delegations from our friends at Christian Peacemaker Teams

Remembering Meta Ukena

Meta Ukena, a long-time member and former moderator of PPF, passed away on July 19, 2013 at the age of 88. Here, National Committee Members share memories of Meta.