Iraq

Assembly calls for peacemaking in Israel/Palestine

Photo of a large room with rows of people seated at tables. Speakers stand on a stage in front of a large screen at the front of the room.
The Committee on Peacemaking and International Issues reported on Latin American issues on Friday afternoon. Photo by Joseph Williams

SAN JOSE, June 27, 2008 — Commissioners to the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) “stayed the course” of being peacemakers around the world. The Assembly called for “responsibly” bringing the troops home from Iraq, continuing peacemaking in Israel and Palestine and supporting human rights in Zimbabwe, the Philippines, North Korea and Colombia.

Issues concerning peace, as it relates to the Middle East and other crisis areas of the world, took the majority of the committee’s time during deliberations earlier this week. Their mindful discernment helped the full General Assembly to move business quickly and collaboratively. As a result, the full assembly quickly passed overtures that affirmed immediate food aid to North Korea, civil rights accompaniment to citizens of Colombia and a careful approach to peacemaking in Israel and Palestine.

Committee has soul-searching discussion of war in Iraq

by Shane Whisler
Presbyterian News Service

SAN JOSE, June 23, 2008 — The General Assembly Peacemaking and International Issues Committee quickly and unanimously voted on its first two overtures, then approved two others before settling into thorough and soul-searching hearings and discussion for hours on overtures related to the war in Iraq.

Items approved are listed at the end of this article.

Eyes Wide Open – Iraq War Boots Exhibit - San Jose Circle of Palms, Sunday, June 22

On Sunday, June 22, in conjunction with the meeting of the 218th General Assembly of the PC(USA), the Presbytery of San Jose Peace & Justice Task Force, the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County and members of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship are sponsoring .Eyes Wide Open, the widely acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of war. The exhibit is within walking distance of the General Assembly meeting location.

Analysis: Iraq War Overtures

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Israel/Palestine Overtures

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Iraq War Overtures

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Forty-Two Peacemakers Arrested in DC

by Matt Black

Peacemaking is not a fair weather activity.

Last year, at the first Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, I was one of the 222 who were arrested in front of the White House. We had moved through snow throughout the day and struggled in the bitter cold late in the evening until we were arrested.

This year, it was the rain.

Peace witness set for March 7 in nation’s capital

Iraq war protest coincides with Ecumenical Advocacy Days

by Jerry L. Van Marter

Presbyterian News Service

2007 Peaceseeker Award to Anita David & Beth Pyles

PPF honors David and Pyles for Serving in Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams

Each year the Peace Fellowship recognizes Presbyterians on the front lines of peacemaking with the Peaceseeker Award. Anita David and Beth Pyles served on the Christian Peacemaker Team in Baghdad, maintaining a nonviolent presence in the midst of spiraling violence and civil war. Their work ranged from documenting torture in the Abu Ghraib prison to training a Muslim Peace Team in nonviolence. During this time, four CPT members were kidnapped; Quaker Tom Fox was found murdered and the three others were released. David belongs to Chicago’s Lake View Presbyterian Church. Pyles is a Presbyterian pastor in W. Virginia. Briefly visits here with David and Pyles about the Iraq war, responsibility, guilt, nonviolence and the Presbyterian Church.

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