Executive Director

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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.

PPF Activist Council Meeting

You are invited to the Fall Activist Council gathering!

Whether you’ve been a part of PPF for a long time or are just curious to learn more, you are welcome here. We will gather to worship, practice community, and plan together for the action we’ll take for gun violence prevention, accompaniment of border and Colombian communities, Palestine solidarity, creation justice, and more! We’ll also plan together for General Assembly 2020.

Registration closes September 9, 2019. Register here!

Update: We’re thrilled that Matt Black will be leading music at this Activist Council gathering! Matt has been a part of the PPF family for many years, serving on staff and as a volunteer. Most recently, he wrote the “theme song” for the PCUSA Walk for a Fossil Free World led by PPF and Fossil Free PCUSA last summer. If you know don’t know Matt and his music, you’re in for a treat! If you do know Matt and his music, you know you don’t want to miss this gathering!

The 2018 Activist Council Gathering at the Church of All Nations


When: September 26-28
Where: Baltimore, MD — at The Center – 210 W. Madison St. Baltimore, MD 21201
Accessibility: there are a few stairs to get into the Center. Please call if you have questions.
Who: All Activist Council members and anyone who is interested in learning more and organizing for Peace with justice in the Church and World

Lodging options for folks traveling from out of town:

  • At the Center – There is space for 40 people to stay at The Center in dorm-style sleeping arrangements. There are 2 large rooms of 20 bunk beds that are typically divided into a men’s room and a women’s room. We realize that gender is more complicated than this. There is a space in the registration form for you to indicate which room you prefer to be in, and if you have questions, suggestions, advice about this or anything else please reach out to us.
  • Make your own arrangements – We have a block of hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Townson (currently Towson Place Hotel and Suites). The hotel address is 1100 Cromwell Bridge Rd Towson, MD 21286, about a 15 minute drive from The Center (we will arrange for transportation for folks staying at the hotel to and from the Center). The rate is $99 per night plus tax. You must book the room before August 29th to receive this rate. To book a room with our rate online click here or call 410-823-4410 and mention you are in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship block. If you are interested in rooming with someone, please let us know and we will try our best to connect you with someone else looking for a roommate.
  • Transportation to The Center: The Center is reachable by public transportation from BWI (Baltimore-Washington International Airport/Train Station). You can take the BWI Light Rail (Outbound) to either the Cultural Center or Centre St stop. From there, the Center is just a few blocks walking distance. You can find more information about the Light Rail schedule and stops here. You can also take a Lyft for approximately $35 or a Super Shuttle for approximately $25.

Cost (includes meals and meeting expenses):

  • Before July 15, 2019
    $85 – Commuters (including those staying at the hotel)
    $185 – Lodging at the Center
  • After July 16, 2019
    $100 – Commuter
    $200 – Lodging at the Center

Expense Assistance: We have tried to keep costs low so that this event is as economically accessible to as many people as possible, and we do have some funding available for those who need assistance with travel and/or the costs of the event itself. To indicate your need for expense assistance, please fill out this form and someone will be in touch with you by August 1.

Registration closes September 9, 2019. Register here!

Schedule Overview:
This schedule tries to balance several things: a need for flexibility to respond to the issues and passions of the people gathered, planning for our future together as PPF, spiritual nourishment and community building, and the need for rest even as we try to get the most out of the short time we have together.

Thursday, September 261:00 p.m. Pre-Gathering for anyone attending an Activist Council gathering for the first time
2:30 p.m. Registration and check-in
3:00 p.m. Opening Gathering and Worship
4:30 p.m. Working Groups
These groups are open to anyone who wants to participate, even if you’re new to the issue or haven’t been a part of this working group before. The working groups of PPF are where the real work happens–come find how you want to plug in! The Working Groups that will meet during this time are: Fossil Free PCUSA, Accompaniment, and Gun Violence Prevention.
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Working Group time
The Working Groups that will meet during this time are General Assembly and Peace Churches
8:30 p.m. Evening prayer
9:00 p.m. Gathering and Reception

Friday, September 27

Breakfast on own (at the Center for those staying there, continental breakfast at the hotel for those staying there)
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer and Singing
9:15 a.m. Theories of Change
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Nominations and Elections of Executive Committee members and other updates about the life of PPF
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Preparing for General Assembly
3:00 p.m. Working Group Time
All working groups + any other “open space” conversations that people want to start
5:00 p.m. Break
You are encouraged to do whatever you need to take care of yourself–read a book, take a nap, go for a walk, talk to other participants, create art (there will be an art station)
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Preparing for General Assembly
8:00 p.m. PPF’s 75th Birthday Party & Concert by Matt Black
This event is open to the public, so please invite your friends!

Saturday, September 28

Breakfast on own
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer and Singing
9:15 a.m. Next Steps (in Working Groups, including any groups that have formed during Open Space)
10:00 a.m. Next Steps (all together)
11:00 a.m. Antiracism evaluation and reflection
11:30 a.m. Closing Worship
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Departures

Learn & Discern 2019: Accompaniment Programs

Interested in Accompaniment? Join Learn & Discern Fall 2019!

Accompaniment begins with a long weekend of training and discernment in the U.S — PPF Learn & Discern take place twice a year, and it’s never too early to sign up!

The next Learn & Discern weekend will take place October 11-14 2019, in Montreat, NC. Click here to fill out the interest form; our Accompaniment Coordinator will follow up with you after you indicate interest.

About Learn & Discern events:

At this three-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
  • 21 years of age and a valid U.S. passport

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).

Questions? Contact Accompaniment Coordinator Alison Wood, alison@presbypeacefellowship.org

2019 Barstow-Driver Award Celebration

Save the Date for the 2019 Barstow-Driver Award Celebration!

  • Saturday, October 26
  • First Presbyterian Church in Encino, California
  • Details forthcoming

Join us in celebrating Merilie Robertson, the 2019 recipient of the Ann Barstow and Tom Driver Award for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement.

To honor her action and activism, Activist Council member Tamara Razzano spoke with Merilie — read more here!