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Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
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This page begins with PPP material from March, 2007.

Click here for earlier material, beginning with May 2005

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Update

January 15, 2009



Find worship resources >> .


The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) provides health coverage to over seven million low-income children in working families whose parents make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but still lack health coverage. Since its creation in 1997, it has been a popular, successful program, credited with helping to reduce the uninsured rate among children by almost a third, even as uninsured rates for adults increased steadily. SCHIP is up for reauthorization. Click here to send an email of support >>

Children’s Defense Fund has released their report on the State of America’s Children 2008.


Call Congress to work to end the violence and seek a ceasefire.

Give to humanitarian assistance through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

Read the statement of PC(USA) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons.

Read a reflection by the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb of Bethlehem.

Find other resources related to Gaza.

And you might want to look at our Witherspoon page on Gaza >>


The 3D Security Initiative of Eastern Mennonite University and other organizations have issued a “Joint Experts’ Statement on Iran.” The statement seeks to clear away some of the myths that have driven failed policies of the past and to outline a strategy for dealing successfully with Iran in the future.     (Adobe Acrobat required)

The 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) expressed support for “a peaceful, diplomatic means to resolve the tensions developing as a result of Iran’s pursuit of its nuclear program, between the United States and Iran.”     For the GA statement >>

Learn about Presbyterians at work in Iran and more.


Let Justice Roll, an interfaith coalition working to achieve a living wage for workers in the U.S., is asking faith leaders, business leaders, and all members of the general public to endorse an effort to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2010.


The National Coalition Against Torture has launched the Countdown to End Torture campaign. The goal is to encourage President-elect Barack Obama to end U.S.-sponsored torture on his first day in office by issuing an executive order based on the Declaration of Principles developed by the coalition. Support for this effort includes signing the Declaration of Principles and using an interfaith prayer and bulletin insert in a worship service between January 11 and 20. Learn more and find the prayer >>

Read the General Assembly action supporting the Declaration of Principles >>


Ecumenical Advocacy Days
March 13-16, 2009

Christian Peace Witness for Iraq
April 29-30

2009 Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent
June 11-13, 2009

Congressional Accompaniment Project
August 8 – 18, 2009

The Rev. W. Mark Koenig
Coordinator, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry
General Assembly Council
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 569-5936
(888) 728-7228, ext. 5936 (toll-free)

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Update

December 8, 2008

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program staff wishes you a blessed Advent and a joyous celebration of Christmas.


The Winter 2009 issue of Peace Notes is available at .

This double issue is optimized for the Web; pictures will be fuzzy compared to the print version. Adobe Acrobat is required.


On December 11, CNN will broadcast a documentary “Planet in Peril” that will include information on work done at La Oroyo, Peru by Presbyterians and Peruvian partners.   More >>


The 2009 Peacemaking Conference will be part of the Big Tent. Registration will open in January; arrangements have been made for those who plan to attend the conference and want to pre-pay the fees in 2008 to do so.  Registration >>


Nations began signing the Convention on Cluster Munitions on December 3. Over 100 nations are expected to sign. The U.S. is not among them, although the incoming administration has indicated it will review the treaty. Learn more and find action steps >>


Learn about PC(USA) responses to the violence in the DRC >>

The International Crisis Group provides a multimedia presentation on the conflict in the DRC’s North Kivu province including a timeline, interactive maps, and historical background.

HIV/AIDS, a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, has posted a multimedia presentation on the latest data on the global impact of HIV/AIDS. It explores the successes as well as the continued challenges in the response to the epidemic.

Additional resources >> .


This story analyses the terrorist attack in Mumbai and is recommended by David Hudson, PC(USA) coordinator for Asia/Pacific.


Refugees International calls the situation of Iraqi refugees “one of the largest humanitarian and displacement crises in the world.”

Presbyterians meet with Iraqi refugees in Syria >> 

Mosul Christians flee the country in face of violence >> 

Information on Iraqi Refugee Processing from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


During Advent and Christmas, send prayers for peace, justice and security for Bethlehem, Palestine and Israel to the Arab Educational Institute.

Read prayers from others >>


Find worship resources >>


The National Religious Campaign Against Torture suggests that individuals ask their Members of Congress to endorse the Declarations of Principles for an executive order to end torture. Learn about the Declaration of Principles >>

Send an email >>

Read the General Assembly action supporting the Declaration of Principles >>


The USO provides a number of ideas for caring for those serving in our military and their families.


The Church of Christ in Thailand has requested prayers for its people in the face of violence.

Presbyterians at work in Thailand >> 


The Asia Foundation provides an overview of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances in the Philippines.


Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 13-16, 2009 |ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN 

April 29-30 Christian Peace Witness for Iraq

2009 Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent
June 11-13, 2009 

Congressional Accompaniment Project
August 8 – 18, 2009 



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SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES -- The Peacemaking Program Blog 


The Rev. W. Mark Koenig
Coordinator, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry General Assembly Council
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 569-5936
(888) 728-7228, ext. 5936 (toll-free)


Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Update
October 10, 2008

[posted here 10-10-08]

Selections from the latest report

Peacemaking Offering

Missed World Communion Sunday? It’s never too late to receive the Peacemaking Offering. Find resources at

Domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year’s focus is on elder abuse. The Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network provides a packet of resources. Learn more and download materials at

Election year resources

The PC(USA) Public Policy Advocacy Team provides “Christian and Citizen” resources at .

Faithful Democracy, a non-partisan group, provides tools for communities to engage, educate and inform people about their voting rights.

Women’s Action for New Direction provides a resource on the roles congregations can play in legal, non-partisan election activities. (Adobe Reader required)


October 12 is the Presbyterian Church’s HIV/AIDS Sunday.

Find resources at and

Middle East

Twenty-one aid agencies and human rights issued a report stating that Middle East peace negotiators have failed to improve the lives of Palestinians and the prospects for peace in the region. While noting some progress, the report said the Quartet (the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States) must hold all parties accountable to their obligations. It should also commit itself to bringing a swift end to the blockade of Gaza and the policy of “collective punishment,” and intensify its work towards Palestinian reconciliation.

Read about the report at .

Read the report at

Nuclear disarmament

While Congress approved the nuclear deal between the U.S and India (, there was also good news related to nuclear weapons. For the second year in a row, Congress has refused to fund the administration's request for a new nuclear weapon.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has a project called “US Leadership for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World: An Appeal to the Next President of the United States” that seeks to collect one million signatures to send to the next President in January 2009. Learn more at

Stopping torture

No2Torture seeks volunteers to organize delegations to Congressional offices to ask our elected officials to encourage the next President to sign an Executive Order banning torture. Contact Carol Wickersham at or visit for more information.


The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum (SAAF) provides an analysis of the positions and records of the Presidential candidates on Sudan and Darfur. SAAF makes no recommendation for either candidate, but suggests that all eligible US citizens vote and make the candidate's Sudan policy a part of the decision process.

WHINSEC Witness --
November 21-23

The U.S. Army’s Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly known as the School of the Americas (SOA), is located in Ft. Benning, Georgia. WHINSEC is a training school for Latin American soldiers. Some graduates have been charged with human rights violations in their home countries. The PC(USA) General Assembly called for the closing of the SOA in 1994. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is organizing a Presbyterian presence at the event ( ).

Contact Marilyn White at for more information.

Learn more about WHINSEC at including GA policy, and links to the official WHINSEC Web site and to information from Presbyterians supporting and opposing WHINSEC.

Upcoming events

Fair Trade Week October 12-19 

World Food Day October 16 

Bread for the World Sunday October 19 

Children’s Sabbath October 17-19 

United Nations Day October 24 

Ecumenical Advocacy Days -- March 13-16, 2009


2009 Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent June 11-13, 2009

The Rev. W. Mark Koenig
Coordinator, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry
General Assembly Council
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 569-5936
(888) 728-7228, ext. 5936 (toll-free)

This item echoes a similar recommendation from Mark Koenig of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program:

From Rita Nakashima Brock:

"Soldiers of Conscience" will air on PBS on Thursday, October 16. Don't miss it.

This compelling, disquieting documentary profiles eight soldiers in the Iraq War as they face the moral decision to kill or not to kill. Four decide not to kill and become conscientious objectors; four believe it is their duty to kill if necessary.

Each wrestles with the morality of killing in the split-second combat decision that can never be forgotten or undone. All struggle with the aftermath of their decisions. In addition, the film interviews those who train soldiers for war, and we hear them discuss their moral reasoning process.

The film does not tell us what to think. It is not a simple anti-war film or a polemic against the military. Instead, it offers us a more morally complex story about human nature, conscience, war, and its aftermaths. As this film shows, every soldier is inescapably a "soldier of conscience."

The film begins with a little-known fact - after World War II, the Army's own studies revealed that as many as 75 percent of combat soldiers failed to fire on the enemy when given a chance to do so. Despite training, propaganda and social sanction, soldiers in combat retained a surprising inhibition about taking human life. The statistics surprised and alarmed military commanders, who developed training techniques to overcome the reluctance to kill, which raised the shooting percentage to 50% in Vietnam.

"Soldiers of Conscience" raises complex questions about war, hiding nothing. It allows us glimpses of the humanity of those who serve in the military and those who train them. It touches our common humanity while raising moral questions that ask us to keep talking about war and the demands it makes on those who serve in the military and their families.



P.S. Buy a copy of "Soldiers of Conscience" and use it in discussion groups to explore the questions it raises about our common humanity, the cost of war, and what we must do for peace.

More on the film >>

On the 2008 Intergenerational Peacemaking Conference

Peacemakers hear about global food crisis


Some 270 participants came together from around the globe for the 2008 Intergenerational Peacemaking Conference of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), on the campus of Chapman University in Orange, California, July 15-18.

Focusing on the theme, “Sowing Mustard Seeds: Working for God’s Justice — Confronting Poverty,” the group heard from keynote speaker Anuradha Mittal, executive director of the Oakland Institute, a policy think tank on social, economic and environmental issues. She emphasized that confronting poverty means confronting the international trade policies being imposed on developing nations by the United States, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

According to a report by Evan Silverstein of Presbyterian News Service,

 Over the last few decades the United States, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have used their leverage to impose devastating international trade policies on developing nations, according to Anuradha Mittal, a renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture. 

By requiring these countries to open up their agriculture markets to giant multinational companies and by persuading them to specialize in exportable cash These policies , Washington, the IMF and the World Bank have created a downward spiral of poverty and injustice in the Third World, said Mittal ... 

The native of India told those attending the four-day ... that “we can have no peace as long as there is hunger, and as long as there’s hunger there can be no justice.”

The conference was sponsored by the General Assembly Council’s Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, the Presbyterian Hunger Program and its Joining Hands initiative, the Presbyterian Washington and United Nations Offices, Mission Responsibility Through Investment, the Child Advocacy Office and the Office on Small Church and Community Ministry of the PC(USA).

Here are some helpful reports on this important event – and very important topic:

bullet Presbyterian News Service provides a summary of Mittal’s address >>
bullet PNS also provides a summary of other parts of the conference >>

Blogger and pastor John Shuck was there, and has posted his notes and comments:

Blog# 1

Shuck starts with some photos of the event – including himself with Moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow, and himself with Mark Koenig, Coordinator of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

Blog # 2

Here Shuck comments on Anuradha Mittal’s presentation, and focuses on one of the books she mentioned, Naomi Klein’s best-selling The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

Blog # 3

Shuck discusses Presbyterian programs dealing with global hunger and poverty, including a resolution passed by the recent General Assembly calling for the church to “produce relevant resources, using all available communications means, to raise the awareness of Presbyterians about the current food crisis.” Current efforts include the Publish What You Pay coalition of over 300 NGOs worldwide, which is calling for the mandatory disclosure of the payments made by oil, gas and mining companies to all governments for the extraction of natural resources.

He also reports on a keynote presentation by Roberto Jordan, who is the president of the Reformed Church in Argentina, a member of the executive committee of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and one of the drafters of the Accra Confession. That confession contains powerful language about economic inequality and our call to do justice. For instance, here is article #19:

Therefore, we reject the current world economic order imposed by global neoliberal capitalism and any other economic system, including absolute planned economies, which defy God’s covenant by excluding the poor, the vulnerable and the whole of creation from the fullness of life. We reject any claim of economic, political and military empire which subverts God’s sovereignty over life and acts contrary to God’s just rule.

Blog # 4

Here Shuck reports on the third keynote address, by professor Lisa Schirch, Professor of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She spoke on “Human Environmental Security and How to Simplify the Complicated Truth,” challenging the group to rethink the meaning of the word "security." And according to Shuck, she offered the very nice line: "Security doesn't land in a helicopter; it grows from the ground up."

Presbyterian Outlook also covered the conference. Their reports include:
bullet An introduction to the whole event >>
bullet More on some of the presentations >>

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Update
July 14, 2008


The 2008 Peacemaking Conference is going on right now.

Follow events at Swords into Plowshares, the Peacemaking Program’s Blog

Gospel Values and Gun Violence September 15-17

Explore ways the church can respond and live out its role to bring peace in relation to gun violence.

Leading thinkers and organizers will update and equip; workshops will provide hands-on analysis and action ideas; together we will explore how Gospel values can transform our culture's acceptance of gun violence and help us build a culture of peace. Click here to register >>   (Adobe Acrobat required)

See the GA action on addressing the tragedy of gun violence >>
Read about Philadelphia Presbytery’s work to address gun violence >>


Faith based, human rights and labor groups have stopped the FTA for a year because of the serious situation in Colombia with regards to human rights and labor concerns. Learn more >>

See the GA action on Colombia >>

Partners for Just Trade has developed a six-part Bible study resource based on the principles of Fair Trade.


The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Kaiser Family Foundation have released a report analyzing the 2007 funding for AIDS from donor governments.


The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program announces a monthly read-only e-newsletter for congregations that have affirmed the Commitment to Peacemaking.

Email or visit to subscribe.


On Friday 10 July, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an annual spending bill that, for the second year in a row, rejected all funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead program. Thanks to all in Congress who voted—and all outside of Congress who advocated—against this program.  More >>


The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum posted a situation update on July 10.


Multicultural Church Institute at Stony Point Center July 23-28  (Adobe Acrobat Required)

Peace and Justice Week at Ghost Ranch July 28–August 3 

Global Village Interfaith Youth Camp at Stony Point Center July 31 to August 3  (Adobe Acrobat Required)

National Network of Presbyterian College Women -- The Power of Poverty, August 6-10, San Francisco, CA

Multicultural Institute at Ghost Ranch August 4-10 

Colombia Accompaniment Training, September 11-15, Stony Point Center 

The Presbyterians of Iraq and Syria: A Consultation and Encounter October 3 – 14.  The Iraq Partnership Network, in consultation with the Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in Iraq, and Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, will lead a mission trip to Damascus to meet Christians from Iraq and Syria.  Visit and pull down the “Mission” menu for a trip application. Contact Marilyn Borst, Director of Global Ministry at Peachtree with questions:

The Rev. W. Mark Koenig, Coordinator, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry
General Assembly Council
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 569-5936
(888) 728-7228, ext. 5936 (toll-free)
Updates from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Stony Point Peacemaking Colloquium
Gospel Values and Gun Violence
September 15-17

Learn about gun violence and explore ways the church can respond and live out its role to bring peace where there is violence. Leading thinkers and organizers will update and equip us; workshops will provide hands-on analysis and action ideas; together we will explore how Gospel values can transform our culture's acceptance of gun violence and help us build a culture of peace.

For a brochure with details and a registration form >>
(Adobe Acrobat required)

Why worry about gun violence?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,006 children and teens were killed by firearms in 2005. Children's Defense Fund has issued a report analyzing the data and suggesting steps that could protect children.

The World Food Crisis

The current Washington Report to Presbyterians addresses the world food crisis. Articles are:

bullet The growing international shortage of affordable food
bullet The environmental practices that cause a reduction in the food supply
bullet How hunger affects women and children at home and abroad


The Rev. W. Mark Koenig
Coordinator, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 569-5936
(888) 728-7228, ext. 5936 (toll-free)

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Update
June 9, 2008



Sowing Mustard Seeds: Working for God's Justice-Confronting Poverty
July 15-19
Chapman University, Orange, CA

One-Day Walk-in Commuter Registration Form  (Adobe Acrobat required)

After June 16, call Dayna Oliver, Conference Registrar at 888-728-7228, ext. 5936 to register. Registration closes June 20.



International Peacemakers are church leaders from other countries who itinerate through this country and tell about their peacemaking ministries. The deadline to request for an International Peacemaker is June 15.



The Night of 1,000 Conversations

The Rights Working Group invites people to gather on June 19 and discuss how the overreach of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is undermining the civil liberties and human rights of people living in America. Participants will engage each other in discussions about actions to help restore accountability to DHS' practices. This night will launch a larger campaign that asks the DHS to end immigration raids that lock up people without due process; stop inhumane detention conditions and arbitrary jailing without trial; and provide fair and efficient mechanisms to end the backlog in processing citizenship applications by September 2008.  Click here for more >>

PC(USA) Resources >>


IRAN Call-In Day: Talk, Not War, with Iran

June 10 (or whenever you can)

The Campaign for New American Policy on Iran invites those concerned about relationships between the United States and Iran to call our senators at 800-788-9372 and tell them we want dialogue, not war. This new coalition seeks to promote responsible and effective U.S. diplomacy and leadership in resolving long-standing tensions between the U.S. and Iran.   More >>

Tell Candidates for Congress: Talk to Iran

The Friends Committee on National Legislation invites those concerned about the relationships between the United States and Iran to ask the major Congressional candidates in our district to commit to work for direct, unconditional, and comprehensive talks between the United States and Iran.  More >>

Additional Resources >>


Join Iraqi Christians in Prayer

Bulletin Insert Call (800) 524-2612; order #24-358-08-008. The inserts are available in packets of 25 and are free-paid for by your gifts to the Peacemaking Offering.



The Power of Poverty

August 6-10 San Francisco, CA

Register now and join a diverse gathering of college women from across the country. Engage in hands-on service with a San Francisco ministry. Explore the causes and effects of poverty. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Katie G. Cannon



Hear Bishop Eliezer Pascua and Mylene Guerrero, wife of Pastor Berlin Guerrero who has been imprisoned for over a year, address human rights issues in the Philippines and how the church is responding.

Bishop Pascua and Mylene will speak in the General Assembly Council area of the Exhibit Hall on Monday, 23 at 10:00 AM.



June 20 is World Refugee Day.

bullet Church World Service Resources
bullet The UN Refugee Agency
bullet Refugees International


The Rev. W. Mark Koenig
Coordinator, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
(502) 569-5936
(888) 728-7228, ext. 5936 (toll-free)

Selections from the Peacemaking Update for 12 August 2007     [8-14-07]

2007 Peacemaking Offering theme

"And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations" (Revelation 22:2)

This year’s Peacemaking Offering theme is taken from a verse in the book of Revelation. The verse is part of a larger description of John's vision of the new Jerusalem. One of the images John uses is the tree of life, with its twelve kinds of fruit and leaves that are to be used for the healing of all the nations of the world. It is an image of a world at peace, with enough for everyone to eat and the "medicine" to heal all the wounds and illnesses of humankind.

More on the theme >>

For a listing of and links to all the available Peacemaking Offering resources >>


Reports from the 2007 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference

Jesus: Proclaiming Peace

The 2007 Intergenerational Peacemaking Conference, Jesus: Proclaiming Peace, was held in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina within the warm hospitality of Montreat Conference Center. The conference theme centered on Luke 4:18–19 where Jesus proclaims "The Year of the Lord's Favor."

The Peacemaking Program offers a variety of reports and resources from the conference >>


On the Iraq refugee crisis

Refugees International reports that "the displacement of Iraqis from Iraq is now the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world."    More >>

CWS to provide assistance to Iraqis in crisis

In response to massive human suffering in Iraq, Church World Service (CWS) is mounting a two-pronged effort aimed at providing essential services for vulnerable children in orphanages and helping equip Iraqi organizations to operate social, economic and health service projects.    More >>

We’re urged to join with Iraqi Christians in a Covenant of Prayer, each day at noon Eastern Time

Our Iraqi sisters and brothers in Christ face significant challenges in the living of these days. There are five Presbyterian congregations in Iraq. The ongoing violence and terror have made life difficult for them individually and as congregations. In the face of daily tragedies, many have had to flee the country; others have left their homes for other, safer places in Iraq, thus becoming internally displaced.

This message comes from the Presbyterian Office on the Middle East. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, and the Iraq Network (Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Reformed Church in America, United Church of Christ).   Details >>

U.N. Security Council Resolution expands role in Iraq

A new U.N. Security Council resolution on the work of the United Nations in Iraq paves the way for the world body to "enhance" its role in such key areas as national reconciliation, regional dialogue, humanitarian assistance and human rights.  More >>

The Christian Peace Witness for Iraq looks ahead

The planning committees who lit the March 16, 2007 Christian Peace Witness for Iraq are fanning back into brilliance the flames of that snowy night when we joined to say 'no' to war and 'YES' to peace. They are now working toward another witness in Washington, DC, sometime in April.   More >>

The Peacemaking Program links to a variety of excellent resources on Iraq


Nonviolent Peaceforce working in Sri Lanka, Guatemala, the Philippines

The Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a nonpartisan unarmed peacekeeping force composed of trained civilians from around the world. In partnership with local groups, Nonviolent Peaceforce members apply proven nonviolent strategies to protect human rights, deter violence, and help create space for local peacemakers to carry out their work.

Building upon the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and other unarmed peaceworkers, the vision of NP is to create a large-scale nonviolent peacekeeping force through deployments, public education, training and advocacy. NP is working in Sri Lanka for over three years, has recently deployed to Guatemala and is starting a project in the Philippines in May 2007.   More >>


The Rev. W. Mark Koenig, Coordinator
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
888-728-7228, ext. 5936

Peacemaking Update
4 March 2007



2007 Peacemaking Program Intergenerational Conference
Jesus: Proclaiming Peace
July 3-8
Montreat, NC

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Between Easter (April 8) and Pentecost (May 27)
Presbyterians are invited to celebrate a Week of Prayer and Witness with Christians in the Middle East. Resources to observe the week are available at

March 16
Washington, D.C.
Worship at the National Cathedral at 7:00 PM
Candlelight procession to the White House
Prayer vigil and witness for peace in Iraq
NOTE: Registration is required for the worship at the cathedral.

Presbyterian Gathering on March 17
11 AM to 4 PM.
New York Presbyterian Church
13th and New York Avenues, NW
Future planning and worship.

If you cannot come to DC, consider:
holding an event in your community;
visiting the local offices of your Congressperson or Senators;
writing letters to your elected officials;
writing a letter to the editor; or praying for those affected by the war in Iraq.

Day of Prayer for Burma

About Burma from the BBC

Child Solders in Burma * Human Rights Watch

PC(USA) at Work in Burma

Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia
May 20 and 21

Resources on Colombia


This functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at UN Headquarters to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide. CWS meets this year from February 27 and continues until March 9.

PC(USA) Women’s Advocacy Office

June Is Torture Awareness Month

Prayers from the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum

Fast to Close WHINSEC/SOA

School of the Americas Watch

Four Presbyterians Among Sixteen Sentenced for Nonviolent Witness at WHINSEC/SOA

Stand in Solidarity with Those Imprisoned for Opposing WHINSEC/SOA

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship on WHINSEC/SOA


National Restorative Justice Conference
June 24 to June 27
Schreiner University
Kerrville, TX

Peace and Justice Week
July 30 to August 5
Ghost Ranch
Abiquiu, NM

Hiroshima Day
August 6

Multicultural Institute
August 6 to August 12
Ghost Ranch
Abiquiu, NM

The Rev. W. Mark Koenig
Associate for Resources and Publications
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
100 Witherspoon St., #1624
Louisville, KY 40202
888-728-7228, ext. 5936


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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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.


Got more blogs to recommend?

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