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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.

Living History -- Rick Ufford-Chase and Bruce Reyes-Chow

13-minute video via Presbyterian Historical Society. Published April 3, 2013.

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).

Sermon: The Culture of Violence and the Beloved Community

This sermon was delivered on January 20, 2013 to a community-wide, interfaith and interracial gathering to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr., in Highstown, NJ.  The preacher was Tom F. Driver, The Paul J. Tillich Professor of Theology and Culture Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Rick Ufford-Chase A Guest on God Complex Radio

Rick Ufford-ChasePPF Executive Director recently had the opportunity to discuss our approach to nonviolence in relation to immigration, Israel/Palestine, and other issues on God Complex Radio with Carol Howard Merritt and Derrick Weston.

Click here to listen in to the full episode.

Thoughts on Violence from a Group of Presbyterian Youth

The youth from the Four Church Youth Group in Rockland County, New York created the following thoughts on violence. The sponsoring churches of this project are Germonds Presbyterian, New Hempstead Presbyterian, Stony Point Presbyterian, and Central Presbyterian in Haverstraw, and it was written by Susan Zollinger with the help of Teo Ufford-Chase.

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."