A Peace Fellowship statement
|The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has joined
a number of other groups in endorsing a statement by the Religious Peace
Fellowships. It's a statement in the form of a prayer - a prayer of lament
and of protest and of resolve.
Duty calls upon us to prohibit violence
Directed at our helpless brothers and sisters
To limit the monstrous domination of war
To repair the ruin, whenever, wherever we can:
The direct horrors inflicted on the people
The damage to homes, lands, heritage, institutions
The disruption of their eating, traveling, breathing, living
May we be filled with the compassion to seek peace.
We grieve for the harm to our own country
The degradation suffered here in common
The contagion of fear and distrust
The restriction of our freedoms
The quashing of our dialogue and dissent
We grieve the terrible wounding of those sent off to fight
Children captured by the demons of war
Who will suffer illness of body and spirit
Whose families too absorb the blows of violence
We grieve the rupture of families where a member is killed
Parents, spouses, infants overcome with grief
Losing a source of sustenance and survival
May we be filled with the endurance to seek peace.
War will not fulfill those government promises.
For it is based on lies, and lies have been told.
Here we stand on truth, and stand together.
United as one humanity, here we are.
We grasp the horror of war in all its fullness.
And embrace it with our joined compassion.
May we be filled with the vision of peace.
Recognizing our weakness
We call on the Spirit of Mercy to guide us now.
Nothing is stronger. The Spirit will prevail.
3/21/03 signed on by:
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Church of God Peace Fellowship
Disciples of Christ Peace Fellowship
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
Jewish Peace Fellowship
Lutheran Peace Fellowship
Methodist Peace Fellowship
Muslim Peace Fellowship
Pax Christi USA
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Unitarian-Universalist Peace Fellowship
The Witness magazine (Episcopal Church Publishing Co.)
Fellowship of Reconciliation also issued a statement after the
beginning of the American invasion of Iraq, noting that "war, in and
of itself, is a weapon of mass destruction. It miserably fails to
resolve issues of compliance with international law and disarmament."
ratified (or not) by the presbyteries
A number of the most important actions of the 219th
General Assembly are now being sent to the presbyteries for their
action, to confirm or reject them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book
We're providing resources to help inform the
reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.
Our three areas of primary interest are:
which would remove the current ban on
lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as
possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.|
which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of
10-1, which would adopt the new Form of Government
that was approved by the Assembly. |
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