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Courage and Complicity in the Heart of Empire

Rick Ufford-Chase, PPF Co-Moderator, preached this sermon at Church of the Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 14, 2016. This sermon weaves together many issues and themes that are important to PPF (including many issues that will come up at the General Assembly in June 2016) and calls us to resist the temptations of Empire and instead commit ourselves over and over again to peacemaking, just as Jesus did in the wilderness.

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.

Hymn: God, Whose Love Is Always Stronger

God, whose love is always stronger than our weakness, pride and fear,
In your world, we pray and wonder how to be more faithful here.
Hate too often grows inside us; fear rules what the nations do.
So we pray, when wars divide us: give us love, Lord! Make us new!

Delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 to Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is partnering with Christian Peacemaker Teams to travel with a delegation of 7-12 young adults to Iraqi Kurdistan. This delegation will focus particularly on the role and impact of fossil fuels in the region and how we might respond faithfully and in solidarity with our partners there.

Religion, Politics and Way in Today's Middle East

A presentation by Walter Owensby: "In the few minutes we have here today, I’ll not even pretend to touch on all of the issues at stake in the announced topic. My comments will initially focus on several points of intersection between religion and politics in the present Middle East war. Then I’ll close with a few thoughts about what might be useful U.S. policy perspectives in the face of great complexity."

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.

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.

This Is A Very Bad Idea

The representational form of democracy known as a republic differs from direct democracy in that it interposes an additional layer of accountability between the people and the decisions rendered by the society. This additional layer is designed as a check on the passions of the "mob," which, when inflamed, can precipitate actions that would undermine the long-term stability and credibility of the society In the larger world community.  It seems, however, to have failed us at the present time.

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