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Religious Freedom

Coalition calls on President Bush to take swift and appropriate action on severe violators of religious freedom

Press release from the Institute on Religion and Public Policy

[11-22-04]

Washington, D.C. - A coalition of religious leaders, religious freedom advocates, and human rights activists has called on President George W. Bush to act swiftly and appropriately in regard to Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam as newly-designated "Countries of Particular Concern for Severe Violations of Religious Freedom."

"The President is called upon by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to set in place within 90 days of designation as a CPC one or more of the fifteen suggested actions according to Section 402 of the Act," stated Joseph K. Grieboski, President of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, which circulated the letter. "The President has an extraordinary and historic opportunity to demonstrate that the United States is interested in acting on religious freedom as well as speaking about it."

As the 90 day deadline approaches, the letter pointed out to President Bush that, "this is the first time since the passage of the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998 that states have been designated as CPC that have not already been 'sanctioned' by the United States."

"We implore you to apply the values of freedom of religious belief and expression in our foreign policy and approach Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam with appropriate presidential response and congressional intent mandated by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998," the letter continued.


Copies of the letter are available from the Institute on Religion and Public Policy on its website at www.religionandpolicy.org or by calling 202-835-8760.

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Rev. Elenora Giddings Ivory
Director, Washington Office
Presbyterian Church (USA)
202-543-1126
110 Maryland Avenue, NE, Suite 104
Washington, DC 20002

 

 

GA actions 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 of Order.

We're providing resources to help inform the reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.

Our three areas of primary interest are:

bullet Amendment 10-A, which would remove the current ban on lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.

bullet Amendment 10-2, which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of Confessions.

bullet Amendment 10-1, which would adopt the new Form of Government that was approved by the Assembly.
 

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Some blogs worth visiting

PVJ's Facebook page

Mitch Trigger, PVJ's Secretary/Communicator, has created a Facebook page where Witherspoon members and others can gather to exchange news and views. Mitch and a few others have posted bits of news, both personal and organizational. But there’s room for more!

You can post your own news and views, or initiate a conversation about a topic of interest to you.

 

Voices of Sophia blog

Heather Reichgott, who has created this new blog for Voices of Sophia, introduces it:

After fifteen years of scholarship and activism, Voices of Sophia presents a blog. Here, we present the voices of feminist theologians of all stripes: scholars, clergy, students, exiles, missionaries, workers, thinkers, artists, lovers and devotees, from many parts of the world, all children of the God in whose image women are made. .... This blog seeks to glorify God through prayer, work, art, and intellectual reflection. Through articles and ensuing discussion we hope to become an active and thoughtful community.

 

John Harris’ Summit to Shore blogspot

Theological and philosophical reflections on everything between summit to shore, including kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), New York City and the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood by a progressive New York City Presbyterian Pastor. John is a former member of the Witherspoon board, and is designated pastor of North Presbyterian Church in Flushing, NY.

 

John Shuck’s Shuck and Jive

A Presbyterian minister, currently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tenn., blogs about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and lightening up.

 

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