As of 4/24, the 224th General Assembly as been moved to an online-only gathering.
OUR RESPONSE: We are continuing our advocacy efforts in creative and different ways so that we can also respond appropriately to Covid-19. We plan to host a Virtual Week of Learning and Action June 20-25 (when GA would have been held), along with long with Fossil Free PC(USA) and other progressive advocacy groups.
LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS: Please let us know what you think about our ongoing efforts and action to continue the work of the church, which we know is the work of social justice. Head to our blog for several recent posts of resources of social justice responses to Covid-19.
HOTEL CANCELLATION: If you already booked a room through PPF’s hotel block for GA, you will have to call and cancel your own reservation. The hotel is unable to let us cancel all the rooms in the block. The hotel is the Crowne Plaza Inner Harbor and the phone number is 410-347-5707.
COUNTER CUFI – Monday 6/29 – The Israel-Palestine Mission Network invites all Presbyterians attending GA to extend their stay thru June 29 to participate in this important action with Friends of Sabeel North America in Washington, DC. You can extend your hotel stay in Baltimore and take the train down to DC or book a new hotel in D.C. to join us.
PPF has $1,000 set aside for financial assistance for PPF volunteers going to General Assembly. The amounts we are able to provide to individuals will likely not cover all costs of travel, registration, and lodging, but we hope it can supplement your own funds and/or funds you request from your congregation and presbytery. We can help you make a plan.
To request financial assistance for GA, email email@example.com with the subject line “GA SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST.” In the body of the email, please include your name, the dates you plan to be at General Assembly, and any volunteer interests you have at GA. We will be in touch with you by March 15, 2020 about the availability of funds.
PPF has a wide array of opportunities for volunteers during General Assembly – from staffing our table to supporting our events.
Please fill out this form to let us know you’re interested — we will follow up with you with information about specific volunteer roles.
The PPF GA interns support many aspects of PPF’s General Assembly witness, including (but hardly limited to!) hosting the Peace Breakfast and Progressive Partners briefing, testifying in committee, planning and leading nonviolent public demonstrations and vigils, welcoming folks to the exhibit hall booth, writing for and contributing to PPF’s social media, and learning about how peacemaking fits into their faith, work, and life.
Laura Haney (she/her) calls Virginia home, but she is currently living in Tucson, Arizona and serving as a Young Adult Volunteer. During this year she is volunteering with an organization that provides free home repairs for low income homeowners. Her favorite parts of this are doing hands on work, and talking with the people she’s serving to know more about them and their lives. Laura has a love for the outdoors and she is passionate about justice issues, specifically environmental and border issues. She is hoping to have a future career in camping ministry where she can work with children and help them experience the beauty of the outdoors as God’s creation. Laura is excited to be interning for PPF so she can learn more about what peacemaking as a way of caring for people and creation looks like.
Julie Woodson (she/her) is a lifelong Presbyterian from Greenville, SC. She graduated from Wofford College with a degree in Art History, Business, and Gender Studies in May of 2018. After college, she answered a call to serve with the Young Adult Volunteer program in Albuquerque, NM, where she worked at the Menaul School and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This transformative experience pushed her to realize a call towards service in the form of advocacy. She is passionate about social justice and peacemaking and combining those with her belief in the power of the arts to reach people in deeper, more meaningful ways. Now back in her hometown, she enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, and traveling. She is thrilled to join the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship at GA this summer and for the opportunity to continue learning, questioning, and discerning alongside such a great team!
Jake Crowther (he/him) currently lives in Austin Texas. He is originally from Clemson, South Carolina, and came to Austin through the Young Adult Volunteer program. Throughout his year, he fell in love with the city of Austin and decided to stay and continue doing justice work there. In Austin, he works as an advocate supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence, as well as doing organizing work with the Austin Sanctuary Network, which offers radical hospitality and support to the immigrant community in Central Texas. To relax, Jake spends time reading outside in the beautiful Texas weather, bouldering with friends, and listening to as much live music as he can find.
Amanda Marbut (she/her) is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) originally from San Antonio, TX. Her background is in International Relations and has a passion for social justice. She now lives in Tucson, AZ and want to help in any way possible with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship mission.