General Assembly 2012

Join the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Boycotting Israeli Settlement Products

At the 2012 General Assembly, the PC(USA) voted by an overwhelming majority to boycott all products manufactured in Israeli settlements located in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The boycott of these products serves as a nonviolent means through which Presbyterians can work for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Israel-Palestine. Please join the growing number of Presbyterians who have already pledged their support for the PC (U.S.A.) boycott of products manufactured in Israeli settlements by endorsing this pledge.

Peace Discernment Process: Journeying towards a Bold Peace Witness

The Peace Discernment Process, if you're not already aware, invites congregations and presbyteries to participate in a church-wide Peace Discernment conversation to "seek clarity as to God's call to the church to embrace nonviolence as its fundamental response to the challenges of violence, terror, and war; and to identify, explore, and nurture new approaches to active peacemaking and nonviolence." This Peace Discernment Process was initiated by the 219th General Assembly (2010) in response to overtures from several presbyteries, and it was reaffirmed by the 220th General Assembly (2012).

IPMN Boycott 101 Packet Now Available

Please visit the IPMN (Israel-Palestine Mission Network) website for all new materials on how to implement the 2012 General Assembly mandated boycott of all Israeli products from settlements on Palestinian Territory.

Boycott the Gaza Invasion this Thanksgiving

by Chris Iosso
The grim truth about Israel’s cur­rent bomb­ing of Gaza is that the U.S. gov­ern­ment will do very lit­tle to limit the one-sided col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment or cor­rect the claims that this pre-election mil­i­tary cam­paign by the Netanyahu gov­ern­ment is about “defense.” The casu­alty toll already con­firms the vast inequal­ity of power, recall­ing the last inva­sion of Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009 that killed 1400 Pales­tini­ans to 14 Israelis.

Books on Nonviolence, Just War, and Faith

The following list of books discussing nonviolence and Just War Theory was compiled by Roger Scott Powers

"Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for the Ethics of Peace and War,"
edited by Glen H. Stassen
offers ten practices for promoting peace and justice in the international arena.

"The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium,"
by Walter Wink
a brief summary of his 3-volume trilogy on "the powers."

God is Love: A Statement on Gun Violence in the United States

This statement was given by Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson at a press conference held in Washington, DC, on January 15, 2013. Religious leaders and Faith Against Gun Violence came together to press for tighter gun regulations to stop gun violence in the United States.

PC(USA) Middle East Reports 2010-2012

The following combined reports are a helpful summary of current PC(USA) policy on the Middle East:

The Report of the Middle East Study Committee as Approved by the 219th General Assembly (2010)

Including

The Report of the Middle East Monitoring Group as Approved by the 220th General Assembly (2012)

Download the reports (pdf)

Will the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Become a Peace Church?

On the Peace Dis­cern­ment Interim Report

By Sara Dorrien
from JusticeUnbound

GA Votes to Boycott Israeli Goods Produced in Occupied Palestinian Territories

by Melinda Thompson

With a 71% favorable vote, the 220th General Assembly passed the following overture calling for a boycott of all Israeli goods produced in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT):

The Presbyterian Church (USA) calls upon all nations to prohibit the import of products made by enterprises in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.

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