2014 Travel Study Seminar to South Africa
Twenty years toward justice, equality and a lasting peace
Johannesburg and cape town
November 3-15, 2014
Mark your calendars now to join the group of 12-15 Presbyterians who will travel to South Africa to explore this still-transforming nation's efforts to overcome the legacies of state-imposed racial and economic inequality and build a new nation marked by justice, equality and reconciliation. We'll meet with past and present church and community leaders and learn more about South Africa's ongoing struggles including the HIV and AIDS pandemic, land redistribution, educational reforms, and racial reconciliation. Applications are now available. Costs, itinerary and more details will be available soon.
Mark Your Calendars for the 2014 International Peacemakers
September 19-October 12
INVITE A PEACEMAKER TO VISIT YOUR PRESBYTERY, SYNOD, COLLEGE, or INSTITUTION
Once again for a limited time we will welcome an amazing group of gifted peacemakers from around the world to share their incredible stories and experiences. Make sure a peacemaker comes to your region! Biographies and photos of the peacemakers will be available soon.
Mosaic of Peace Conference in Israel/Palestine
Responding to a Call for Wholeness in a Land Called Holy
April 28 - May 10, 2014
This is a kairos moment for the church, a time of urgency and opportunity to hear and heed the call for peace coming from the Holy Land. In faithful and hope-filled response, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s Mosaic of Peace conference invites Presbyterians to experience this remarkable and troubled region, encounter its diverse people, explore its rich history and complex current situation, and engage with those who seek its peace. 100 Presbyterians from across the church will be visiting Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Galilee and meeting with church partners. Follow the conference preparations on the conference webpages. Learn more
Syria: A call to prayer and action
|The people of Syria are on our hearts and minds. More than two years of conflict have resulted in over 100,000 deaths, 2 million Syrians becoming refugees, and the internal displacement of as many as 5 million Syrians. The use of chemical weapons on August 21, 2013, resulted in the deaths of over 1,400 people, including hundreds of children—a move prompting the United States, along with other nations, to contemplate the use of military force. The Peacemaking Program and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) are working collaboratively in PDA’s ongoing humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria.|
The General Assembly’s adoption of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, which called for an emphasis on peacemaking, paved the way for this offering, which seeks to promote the Peace of Christ across the PC(USA). Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize a large portion of this offering to sustain their local peacemaking ministries.
2013 Peacemaking Poster by artist Lucy Janjigian
available in PC(USA) Store
A poster featuring the art of Lucy Janjigian: a painter, muralist, and sculptor. Born in Jerusalem and of Armenian descent, Lucy has a passion for justice. To purchase a copy click here.
TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence
PC(USA) documentary available for screenings
Drawing upon conversations with lawmakers, emergency room chaplains and surgeons, survivors and victims' families, former ATF officials, police officers, community leaders and others, TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence, a one hour documentary produced with funds from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, shares the story of how gun violence impacts individuals and communities and examines the "ripple effect" that one shooting has on a survivor, a family, a community and a society. TRIGGER also addresses the critical issue of gun violence prevention (such as keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill) by moving the conversation away from the polarizing extremes that have long dominated the debate and lifting up the voice and experiences of those who seek common ground and a new way forward.
View the latest version of our E-Newsletter Seeking Peace
Get the latest newsletter of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
December 2013 Issue, Volume 107
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Ministries
Oh, I almost forgot: the 50% remaining goes to the Peacemaking Program and funds all of the resources and programs you see on this section of the PCUSA website.
Ross, Peacemaking Offering is split 25-25-50. Whatever each congregation collects, 25% goes to the congregation to be allocated by committee/session vote. Similarly, 25% of the offering per cong goes to MGBs to be allocated by appropriate Pby/Synod committees. Hope that helps!
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Is there a concise, yet focused, answer to the basic question: "What is the Peacemaking Offering money used for?" other than "ministries of peacemaking"?
Big tent was awesome! The peace making conference really taught me a lot. Can't wait till next year! See you at Ghost Ranch!