Peacemaking and global security
Department of Peace
From nonviolent communication skills to conflict resolution techniques to cultural relationship building, the Department would employ proven and effective strategies for diminishing violence in our country and the world. Its work would range from providing support for state and local governments as they address domestic violence to establishing a U.S. Peace Academy. The 214th General Assembly (2002) called for "the creation of a U.S. Department of Peace at the cabinet level, in order to provide focused government efforts to promote peacemaking."
- The Peace Alliance
- Contact your members of Congress today! The Department of Peace bill re-introduction.
Faithful Security: The National Religious Partnership on the Nuclear Weapons Danger
Faithful Security is a network of citizens who participate in the National Religious Partnership on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. Participants are committed to organizing religious communities on a local level to break faith with nuclear weapons once and for all. Faithful Security works toward the permanent elimination of nuclear weapons by empowering religious communities to take action on a local level. The group has created a toolkit to provide resources to learn about the nuclear weapons danger and suggests action to build a safer world for all of our brothers and sisters.
Non-Governmental Organization on Disarmament, Peace and Security
For more than thirty years, the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security has provided services and facilities to hundreds of citizens' groups concerned with the peace and disarmament activities of the United Nations. Because of its distinguished efforts as conference organizer, network clearing house, newspaper publisher, and year-round UN liaison, the NGO Committee is viewed as a primary ally of the international movement for arms control, peace and disarmament, and the continuing body designated to serve this worldwide constituency. The NGO Committee publishes a periodical Disarmament Times that looks at nuclear disarmament, the small arms trade, weapons in space, and other issues related to peace and security
World Religions for Peace
General Assembly Actions
Each month, eight hundred people die and 1200 are wounded by existing land mines. Most of the victims are children, women and the elderly. The PC(USA) General Assembly, along with many organizations and world leaders, has called upon the United States to ban the production, sale and use of antipersonnel land mines. Find out why and learn what you can do!
- Back in Business? U.S. Landmine Production and Exports (Human Rights Watch)
General Assembly Policy
- Affirming the Declaration of Principles for a Presidential Executive Order on Prisoner Treatment, Torture and Cruelty — 218th General Assembly (2008)
- Resolution on Torture – 217th General Assembly (2006) (8.8 MB)
- A Resolution and Confession on the Torture and Abuse of Prisoners
- Campaign to Ban Torture
- Ideas for Responding to Torture
- Washington Office Legislative Action Center
- Endorse the Statement of Conscience from the National Religious Coalition against Torture
- Endorsing a statement of conscience against torture
- Out of Horror Hope Curriculum by No2Torture
- The Church Responds to Torture This resource includes a summary of General Assembly statements on torture, prayers, a letter from PC(USA) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons to President Obama, prayers, ideas for action and more.
- Prayer Service for International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
- Sermon Notes for June 7, June 14, and June 21, 2007
- Human Rights Day
- National Religious Coalition Against Torture on the 2009 Executive Orders
- The Obama Orders: a Quick and Dirty Analysis by the Brookings Institute
- Ending U.S. Torture: a Time for Hope and Healthy Skepticism by George Hunsinger
- Inhuman behavior: A chaplain’s view of torture by Kermit D. Johnson, chaplain and major general in the U.S. Army (retired)
- United Nations Report on Guantanamo from the BBC Web site
- Command's Responsibility: Detainee Deaths in U.S. Custody in Iraq and Afghanistan from Human Rights Watch
- Torture and the Law, Compiled by Vienna Colucci, Amnesty International
- National Religious Campaign against Torture
- Amnesty International — probably the most comprehensive site and the basis of much research.
- Fellowship of Reconciliation — an interfaith, international group working on peace and justice issues for many decades with a renewed focus on stopping torture. The site includes links to Peace Fellowships for interfaith and Christian groups.
- American Friends Service Committee — a Quaker group, active against violence in all its forms.
- Center for Constitutional Rights — this secular group approaches the issue of stopping torture from various legal angles.
- Physicians for Human Rights — medical professionals who are dedicated to protecting human rights as an extension of their commitment to health.
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
(Formerly Known as the School of the Americas)
God in Jesus Christ calls us to make peace. Recognizing that the nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean have experienced “sustained levels of violence, that military leaders of the countries have been responsible for many incidents of violence and have been implicated in human rights abuses, and that many of those leaders were trained at the School of the Americas the 206th General Assembly (1994) called for upon the United States government to
- eliminate any and all funding for the School of the Americas, and close the school;
- cease any further training of the military leaders from the countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean; and
- use the funds that have been spent on the School of the Americas to support — both in the U.S. and in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean — programs for women, children, the hungry, the homeless, and other victims of violence.
The 207th General Assembly (1995) reaffirmed this action. The mission of the School of the Americas has been taken over by the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation.
- Presbyterian Peace Fellowship on WHINSEC
- The Rev. Dr. John W. Kaiser, a PC(USA) minister, serves as the WHINSEC Ethics Instructor and is willing to talk about the work of the Institute.
- U.S. Army School of the Americas: Paradigm or Pariah? by the Rev. Jim DeCamp
- Official WHINSEC Web site
- School of the Americas Watch