Executive Director

photo of Rev Emily Brewer | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

Rev. Emily Brewer

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 emily@presbypeacefellowship.org.

Friday Virtual Coffee Hours with PPF

Join PPF for Virtual Coffee Hours each Friday at 1:15pm EST for the next many weeks. These will be spaces for casual conversation and connection around loosely-facilitated topics with PPF members.

REGISTER BELOW to receive the Zoom link to join each Coffee Hour.

Registration is required for each event.

  • Friday June 19. No coffee hour. We invite you to Peace Camp!
  • Friday June 26: For all Peace Camp participants to have a chance to connect with each other, reflect on the week, and connect to next steps for action in your community” and the link should just be the Peace Camp registration. Register for Peace Camp to join!

What is the PPF Activist Council?

8:00-9:15pm ET – via Zoom

Register here

Join PPF Director Emily Brewer and current Activist Council members to learn about what the Activist Council is, how we meet, our current projects (like #DefundthePolice, Fossil Fuel Divestment, and more), how you can plug in, and the next opportunities to connect with the wider PPF community.

This conversation is for people who are new to the Activist Council, have been on the AC but never figured out how to get involved, and/or people who are considering joining. We’ll share a bit about PPF and we also want to hear from you about what you’re passionate about, how you want to be involved, and more about your context. If you’re already an active member, we love you and ask you not to join this call unless specifically invited. We’ll send out the Zoom information before the meeting.

Summer 2020 Accompaniment Learn & Discern

We are continuing to evaluate the safety of in person learn-and-discern events in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. We encourage you to go ahead and register for this event, and we will be in touch as we know more. Please reach out to Alison with any questions: alison@presbypeacefellowship.org

Accompaniment begins with a long weekend of training and discernment in the U.S — called “Learn & Discern.” It’s never too early to apply!

  • Our Summer 2020 Learn & Discern training is Monday, August 10 – Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY
  • Click here to apply; our Accompaniment Coordinator will follow up with you after receiving your form.


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PPF accompanier Ruth, who served as an accompanier in both Colombia and Agua Prieta, presenting at the Learn & Discern training, October 2019


At this four-day gathering, people who are interested in accompaniment gather to train in non-violence and anti-racism, engage with accompaniment principles, learn about the contexts in which we have been invited to practice accompaniment, and spend time in discernment and reflection.

You organize your own travel to the Learn & Discern event; all costs are covered while you’re there (lodging and food). Anyone who is interested in accompaniment is welcome to learn and discern in community with PPF!

Requirements for Accompaniment Service with PPF:

  • Mature faith and a strong commitment to the theory and practice of faith-based, principled nonviolence
  • Demonstration of backing from your faith community
  • Ability to raise funds from family, friends, and your church community to support yourself as a volunteer
  • Ability to speak Spanish or comfort with situations in which you don’t understand the primary language being spoken (ability to speak Spanish is preferred but not required)
  • 21 years of age and a valid U.S. passport
  • Commitment to PPF’s Principles of Accompaniment

Participants are responsible for their own travel to the training. Once there, your expenses are covered by the PPF Accompaniment Program (but donations to offset the cost are very much needed and appreciated).

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much does participation in Learn & Discern cost? 

You are asked to cover your travel costs to the event. Because we are committed to ensuring financial hardship is not a barrier to participation, there is no registration fee and your lodging and meals are covered. If you have resources available to make a contribution to help cover those costs, we certainly appreciate it! There is a space on the registration form to make such a contribution.

Can I participate in Learn & Discern if I’m not sure that I want to be an accompanier?

Absolutely. This event is designed to offer space for reflection and discernment alongside training and education. If you’re even a little interested in accompaniment service, participating in Learn & Discern is a great way to figure out if accompaniment is right for you.

I’m my child’s primary caretaker. Can they come to the event with me? 

We are working to make sure that Learn & Discern events are as accessible as possible. If this is your situation, please email our Accompaniment Coordinator Alison Wood (alison@presbypeacefellowship.org) to talk through options!

I have a disability. Can I participate in Learn & Discern?

Definitely. Please reach out to Accompaniment Coordinator Alison Wood ((alison@presbypeacefellowship.org), if you feel comfortable doing so, to talk through what support or accommodations you might want to be able to participate fully in this weekend event.

I have dietary restrictions. What will I eat?

Most often, the participants at each Learn & Discern event work together to prepare food for the group. At certain locations, the group eats in a cafeteria or has meals otherwise provided. Either way, we are happy to make sure everyone gets enough of the foods they need to be nourished! You will have an opportunity to share your dietary needs in the registration process.

What time does the event start on the first day? What time should I plan to arrive? 

Generally, Learn & Discern events start at 5pm on the first day. Please plan to arrive on time! The specific start time for each event will be confirmed by PPF Staff when you are sent the event registration form, after filling out the application linked above.