General Assembly 2012

Conversations at the PPF Booth

Booth # 501/503

in the Exhibit Hall at the General Assembly


“How to Speak about Gun Violence in the Church"

Rev. James Atwood
PPF National Committee Member and author of America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé
MONDAY, JULY 2 – 2:00 to 3:00 PM

Support MRTI's Recommendation to Divest

The Israel Palestine Mission Netowrk (IPMN) has begun an online petition to commissioners of this year's General Assembly, calling on the assembly to approve the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment's (MRTI) recommendation to divest from Caterpillar, Inc., Motorola Solutions and Hewlett Packard.

Sign the petition here:

Rami Khouri Biography

Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut and Nazareth. He is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, as well as a columnist at the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper.

IPMN Commends United Methodist Church on Boycott Vote

from IPMN

The Long Road to BDS

by Jeff DeYoe from In February 2012, from the heart of America in Ohio, the Presbytery of Scioto Valley approved an overture to go forward to the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It asks the denomination to approve concrete actions as national policy in response to a call from Palestinian Christians in December 2009. This call came in the form of a confession of faith, entitled Kairos Palestine, A Moment of Truth: A Word of Faith and Hope from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering

Ironies Of Israeli Apartheid

by Walt Davis

Confucius, the great philosopher and social reformer of the 6th and 5th centuries BCE, set about to bring peace and harmony to China during a time of deep social unrest. One of the central principles for attaining social peace he called “The Rectification of Names.”

J. Herbert Nelson Biography

Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, serves as Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington, DC. The Office of Public Witness is a prophetic office of the denomination and implements the social justice agenda of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through advocacy with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.

Peace Church Beta: What if we left Just War theory behind?

As the Pres­by­ter­ian Church (U.S.A.) begins a process of dis­cern­ment on whether to embrace non­vi­o­lence offi­cially, the Pres­by­ter­ian Peace Fel­low­ship con­venes peace­mak­ers from across the church.

by Matthew Black
from Unbound

We Pres­by­te­ri­ans know all about mir­a­cles— they hap­pen in committees.

Iran Bombing Threat: Creating a Mindset that Leads to War

by Chris Iosso, an editorial
from Unbound

Peace sign asking Who would Jesus bomb? (trick question)

The first thing one encoun­ters in dis­cussing the war drum­beat tar­get­ing Iran is the one-sidedness of the debate. Glenn Green­wald of Salon gives a quick sum­mary on this point, and James Wall, for­mer Chris­t­ian Cen­tury edi­tor, describes the same real­ity. This sug­gests that the talk of war with Iran, though help­fully called, “loose talk,” by Pres­i­dent Obama in his Sun­day, March 4, speech to the Amer­i­can Israeli Pub­lic Affairs Com­mit­tee (AIPAC), is actu­ally quite delib­er­ate and orches­trated talk designed to cre­ate a mind­set favor­ing war.