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Responses to "The Challenge of the Islamic State and A Response Founded on Christ's Call to the Work of Peace"

Our document The Challenge of the Islamic State and A Response Founded on Christ’s Call to the Work of Peace has sparked a healthy discussion on the issues surrounding this topic. In an effort to bring the conversation to one place instead of individual inboxes, we publish this blog post with the purpose of the comments section serving as the online discussion forum.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb at Mercy Junction for weekend of 'Justice and Peacemaking: From Gaza to Chattanooga'

Social justice organizations and churches are hosting Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb for a series of events tilted “Justice and Peacemaking: From Gaza to Chattanooga,” May 29 to May 31.

Section II: What, then, is the Church in the United States to Do?

Section I: The Islamic State and the Events that Have Brought Us to this Point

The Challenge of the Islamic State and A Response Founded on Christ’s Call to the Work of Peace

As U.S. Christians, we call for a rejection of current policies of our government, which are based heavily on military power. We offer in its place an alternative approach, firmly rooted in Christ’s gospel of peace and implemented through non-violent actions in the hard work of peace, reconciliation and restorative justice. We recognize that the approach suggested here will require further elaboration.

New Agreement with Iran Offers Great Hope for Good Outcomes

PPF is encouraged by the agreement announced on April 2 between negotiators from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. The agreement puts in place a framework for resolution of a key dimension of a conflict that has bedeviled relationships across the Middle East. For those of us committed to finding a peaceful resolution to this conflict through diplomacy, this agreement opens a way forward that respects Iran’s right to develop a nuclear industry for peaceful uses, while controlling the threat that it will produce atomic weapons.

Tell PC(USA) It's Time for Action on Boycott

Just like the US government, the PC(USA) has supported peace in the Middle East by periodically making statements supporting the peace process. But talk is cheap, whether it is the US government speaking or the church. The church needs to hear from its constituents. That means you. The PC(USA) Office of Public Witness is collecting signatures of individuals, churches and other entities who pledge to support this boycott. Please sign.

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Expands Occupation-Free Endowment

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will start 2015 with a new commitment to peace and justice through investment. And it will do it through the New Covenant Trust Company, a subsidiary of the venerable Presbyterian Foundation which has supported Presbyterian mission for over 200 years.

SodaStream Leaves West Bank: A Success for BDS

In late October home carbonation machine manufacturer SodaStream announced the decision to close its West Bank factory in an illegal Jewish settlement. SodaStream has been a major focus of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement to pressure Israel to end the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. A company spokesperson said the decision was based on business reasons unrelated to the boycott. The evidence indicates otherwise: At the time of the announcement, stock prices had fallen 58% and profits 42% in 2014. Macy’s dropped the product and high-profile investor George Soros sold his stake in the company.

Is Reconciliation Possible with Iran?

Our world is confronting a major fork in the road in negotiations concerning Iran's nuclear programs. The deadline is fast approaching for reaching agreement in talks currently taking place in Geneva. The outcome will have widespread implications, opening possibilities for scaling back on conflicts or adding dangerous fuel to those fires in many places around the globe.

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