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Coming Up in 2016: Activist Council, GA, A Delegation, and So Much More!

Happy New Year! What a year 2015 was. It would be easy to reflect on the past year and think it was a year of new and big changes for PPF--and it was, with a transition in staff and volunteer leadership and our change in structure, among many other changes. But even amid these changes, 2015 was also a year of deepening our foundational commitments to peacemaking and nonviolence--work that we will continue in this new year and for many years to come.

Guide Our Feet in the Way of Peace

In a sense, the New York Daily News was right. Whether the issue is terrorism, gun violence, or police misconduct, God isn’t fixing it -- not without us. God acts through us. We are God’s hands and feet. God comes to us in Jesus Christ to guide our feet in the way of peace . . . but we still have to do the walking.

God Isn't Fixing This

As one of the co-authors of the book Never Pray Again, I am of the opinion that piety without concrete striving for justice is worse than doing nothing at all. So if, like me, you're ready to do something about gun violence instead of offering up "thoughts and prayers", here are some things you might try.

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;

Hymn: 335,609 (“I Cried to God”)

I cried to God, “Three hundred thirty thousand!”
Five thousand more, six hundred more, and nine!”
In just ten years, a truth we can’t imagine:
All died from guns, one loved one at a time!

Webinar on Advocacy and Action to Enact Common Sense Gun Legislation

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Join Office of Public Witness Director, Reverend J Herbert Nelson at 3:00 PM EST on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 as he discusses gun violence, its underlying causes, and effective ways you can lift your voice to tell your elected officials that NOW is the time to enact common sense measures to reduce gun violence in the United States.

Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson, MO

Friday, October 10, 2014 to Monday, October 13, 2014

Anyone who would like to receive organizing information via the Faith in Ferguson listserv can send an email to faithinferguson@gmail.com and request to be added.

Exploring Gun Violence: A Reflection on the Connectional Church

Two days before the first anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, a group of Presbyterians gathered to talk about gun violence.They lit three candles, each representing ten thousand people killed by gun violence every year, and they read three obituaries, each remembering the life of one taken too soon. They prayed for the families of the victims, the perpetrators, and our shared brokenness.

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