Undoing Racism

Activist Council Spring Gathering

Thursday, April 27, 2017 to Saturday, April 29, 2017

Since before the elections, we have been hearing from many of you that you'd like more training in nonviolent direct action (NVDA), so we've partnered with Christian Peacemaker Teams to do just that. Register now!

"This is My Church": A reflection and summary of the PPF Activist Council Fall Meeting

“This is my church,” wrote one person at the end of the PPF Activist Council Fall Meeting at Stony Point Center this past weekend where close to 50 Peace-seekers gathered. Another person posted on Facebook: “These are my people, yes they are."

Communion

The Cross Confronts Islamophobia

I have become convinced that much of the work that we, as Christians, as peace seekers, and as the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, have to do around all issues related to the Middle East and to Gun Violence in our own country is in countering Islamophobia.

PPF Endorses Movement for Black Lives Platform

The platform, released in early August, 2016, outlines local, state, and federal policy demands with outlines of the problems in the US, proposed solutions, specific actions, examples of model legislation when it exists, resources, and lists of organizations and groups that are already working on particular issues. The demands cover a wide variety of intersecting issues, all of which are also of concern to the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and our mission to opposing war in all its forms.

DISGRACE: Seeking God’s Grace Amid the Disgrace of Racism

Monday, October 10, 2016 to Thursday, October 13, 2016

In Montreat, NC

All details about this conference are at www.montreat.org/disgrace.

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.

Constant Tending over Time

Praise the people who are able to keep regular schedules to tend the garden in the midst of community and family life; they are truly the ones who help it grow. More broadly, they are what makes community possible for more than just one season. An update from the Alianza Peace Community in Chicago.

Rev. Osagyefu Uhuru Sekou: "Faith in the Age of Ferguson"

Rev. Sekou delivers the keynote address at the 2016 PPF Peace Breakfast in Portland, OR.

 

A Prayer for This Week: For an End to Terror

Holy One,

In a week when praying feels like the only thing we can do, words are hard to find. Yet somehow we pray, with words, with tears, with sighs too deep for words.

We pray for all people and places that have experienced the terror of violence this week as the aftershocks of fear and grief reverberate through bodies and buildings:

          For the 43 people in Beirut and the 129 in Paris who were killed by Daesh;

Bree Newsome, A Flag, and Faith

On Saturday, June 27, Bree Newsome recited Psalm 23 as she was being arrested for removing a symbol of war, injustice, and fear from a place of honor on state government grounds. An act of civil disobedience. An act of peace. I have read Psalm 23 countless times. Bree lives it better than I ever have.

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