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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.

Praying for and with the Chardon High School Community

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Chardon High School community as they prepare for the funerals of three students who were tragically shot last week in their school cafeteria.

We pray for peace the five young victims of this sorrowful event.

We give thanks that two of the victims are on the road to recovery.

We pray for loving and supportive communities to will help carry and comfort mourning families and friends through their sadness and anger.

We pray for courage and hope for the students as they return to school—a sadly different school than the one they left last week.

We pray that God’s love fill our world, that one day we might live in a world without violence.

Registration for the Convocation of Peacemakers is Open!

Online Registration is now open for this year's Convocation of Peacemakers, April 26-29, 2012.

This year's event promises to be the best convocation yet. The event is a day longer than last year, giving us much-needed time to explore our work more deeply and organize our efforts.

Religious Communities to Challenge Gun Trafficking that Afflicts Mexico

Religious communities and leaders are working with border activists and organizers working to reduce gun violence to create a campaign to impede the illegal flow of assault weapons into northern Mexico. Since 2006, Mexico has suffered more than 50,000 murders associated with the drug war, most carried out with firearms.

The Virginia Tech Shooting and the Gun Violence of Our Nation

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship holds the VA Tech Community in our prayers as gun violence has again wreaked havoc on their campus as another gunman shot and killed a university policeman, then killed himself. We grieve any instance of gun violence that too often plagues our local communities and give thanks to God that preventative measures that were instilled after the 2007 massacre have held strong.

Convocation of Peacemakers


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Gun Violence and Gospel Values: One Congregation's Journey

by Margery Rossi
Pastor of Stony Point Presbyterian Church, Stony Point, NY.

In January 2011, our congregation grieved along with the nation as the people of Tuscon, AZ experienced the senseless shootings of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, a judge, a little girl, an elderly woman and other citizens on an ordinary Saturday morning. In the following weeks, a small group met to talk about the impact of this and other gun violence on us as individuals and as church. We found through these conversations that each and every person in the group had been touched by gun violence at least once in their lives. We decided that we wanted to know more about how to faithfully engage this complex issue but did not want to engage in polarizing debate about the right to bear arms.

Position Opening: Borderlands Organizer

Religious communities and leaders are working with border activists and organizers to reduce gun violence by creating a bi-national campaign to impede the illegal flow of assault weapons, sniper rifles and high-capacity handguns into northern Mexico. When gun dealers in the southwestern U.S. turn a blind eye to the practice of “straw purchasing,” whereby stand-ins for illegal gun traffickers buy guns in bulk that end up in the arsenals of Mexican drug cartels, they are contributing to the huge numbers of weapons that flow across the border, and to the growing insecurity, injury and death in communities in northern Mexico.