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.

Fossil Free PCUSA Delegation to Puerto Rico

Fossil Free PCUSA Delegation to Puerto Rico

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.

Applications have now closed for the Delegation. We look forward to learning from delegates’ experiences with communities in Puerto Rico this July.

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.

Curious about our delegation?  Contact Fossil Free PCUSA moderator the rev. abby mohaupt at awmohaupt@gmail.com.

Presbyterians for Earth Care – 2019 Conference

Peace for the Earth: From the Bible to the Front Lines

Join PPF at the annual Presbyterians for Earth Care conference, August 6-9 at Stony Point Center. More information and registration available here.

Dr. William Brown, Columbia Seminary, Keynote Speaker
Minister Warren B. Cooper, Music Leader

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

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!

The 2018 Activist Council Gathering at the Church of All Nations

 

When: September 26-28
Where: Baltimore, MD — at The Center – 5400 Loch Raven Blvd.
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.

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 26

1:00 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 Group time
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
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Update and learnings from Border Accompaniment Initiative, feedback from Activist Council
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. Open Space
5:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Gathering what we’ve learned today
8:00 p.m. Worship
9:00 p.m. Informal Gathering time

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 (in plenary)
11:00 a.m. Antiracism evaluation and reflection
11:30 a.m. Closing Worship
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Departures