Rev. Emily Brewer is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2015) and Maryville College (2009). Before joining staff of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Emily participated in PPF by serving on the National Committee, interning at General Assembly, serving as an accompanier in Colombia, attending several demonstrations at the School of the Americas, and traveling with a delegation to Palestine and Israel. Emily became committed to peacemaking during her two years as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Guatemala and Nashville. Emily lives in Brooklyn but will always consider East Tennessee home.
Contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fossil Free PCUSA and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship have been invited to Puerto Rico by the Rev. José González-Colón as a follow-up to the Fossil Free PCUSA ‘Walk for a Fossil Free World,’ and you’re invited to apply to join the delegation.
Delegation members can expect to experience a widening perspective of climate justice and fossil fuel divestment in a range of intergenerational, secular, and sacred contexts through teach-ins, site visits, and daily worship. This delegation aims to teach its members how to integrate the human ecologies of Puerto Rican/ U.S. societal institutions with the ecology of Puerto Rican land.
Our co-planners in San Juan, Rev. González-Colón and Michelle Muñiz-Vega, are coordinating teach-ins with a range of activists: an environmental lawyer, a local geologist, a food system writer who is widely revered across the Caribbean, and a radical environmental activist group local to San Juan.
Site visits will include visiting an agroecological farm, enjoying El Yunque National Forest and praying over it (in addition to other sites of environmental degradation), spending time in different Presbyterian churches on the island, and visiting ‘el instituto de permacultura.’
Worship and daily life will follow the prayer disciplines of Fossil Free PCUSA’s walk to the Presbyterian Church USA’s 223rd General Assembly while offering a safe space for the pastors and Presbyterians of San Juan to talk about local environmental issues.
As Rev. González-Colón, a participant and teacher during Fossil Free PCUSA’s walk to GA223 has expressed so perfectly and succinctly, “We are still marching.”
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and Fossil Free PCUSA are committed to keeping this delegation economically accessible and so we are covering the on-the-ground costs for all delegates. If you are able to support this delegation financially, your financial gifts will be put to direct use on costs of transportation, food, and donations to the organizations and communities who spend time telling us their stories. Thank you.
Cost of the Delegation: airfare + spending money for lunches
Curious about our delegation? Want to chat about it before applying? Contact Fossil Free PCUSA moderator the rev. abby mohaupt at email@example.com.
Join PPF at the annual Presbyterians for Earth Care conference, August 6-9 at Stony Point Center. More information and registration available here.
Confirmed workshop speakers
Emily Brewer, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Ryan Smith, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
Andrew Kang Bartlett and Jessica Maudlin, Presbyterian Hunger Program
Phoebe Congalton Morad, Lutherans for Restoring Creation
Paul Heins, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Port Townsend, WA
Rick Person, Westminster Presbyterian Church Minneapolis, EcoJustice Ministry Team
Our annual Activist Council meeting is 2.5 days of learning, worship, training, and building community together. Whether you’ve been to an Activist Council meeting before or not–you are welcome!
Our time together will include plenaries and workshops that explore principles & training for nonviolent direct action, decolonizing our bodies and our movements, and dismantling oppressions. This gathering is also a time to plan for PPF’s work and witness around gun violence prevention, accompaniment in Colombia, creation justice, Middle East Peace, and more.
Details and registration forthcoming. Read a reflection from last year’s gathering here.
Not an Activist Council member? That’s OK! Everyone is welcome to be part of the Activist Council Gathering. We hope our time together will inspire you to join, but membership on the Activist Council is not a requirement to full participation in the Gathering. Learn more about the Activist Council here.