The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program makes it possible for leaders from our partner denominations and partner organizations around the world to visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) each year to interpret issues of peace and justice. Since 1984 approximately 300 International Peacemakers from 60 countries have been hosted by Presbyterians. These visits have informed Presbyterians, opened hearts and minds, touched lives, established relationships and inspired new ministries. By sharing stories of their work and witness, the peacemakers help us understand peace and justice concerns around the world and provide insights that can inspire us to greater faithfulness. Their visits broaden our sense of God’s inclusive family and help equip us to build a culture of peace and nonviolence for all God’s children.
Peacemakers will be available for visits this year from September 13 to October 7, 2019. Before and after their iteration they will gather in Louisville at the Presbyterian Mission Agency for orientation and debriefing.
Visits to hosting mid-councils and institutions generally last 3-5 days, excluding travel days. Not all visits must or may include a weekend. Midweek visits can be ideal for colleges, universities or theological institutions. Mid-Councils, clusters of congregations and educational institutions may apply to host a peacemaker. Apply by July 1. After that date a few peacemakers may still have limited availability.
Peacemakers for 2019
The group of 2019 International Peacemakers will be posted by March 2019. Please check back to learn the identities and backgrounds of our peacemakers for this year.
The areas of focus for our peacemakers and the Matthew 25 Church Initiative
In 2019, our peacemakers have been selected to help the Presbyterian Church (USA) live into the “Matthew 25 Church Initiative,” which seeks to ensure that the PCUSA continues to confront racism, address environmental concerns, stand against violence and militarism and advocate for the dispossessed. The initiative calls for the whole church, at all levels, to locate itself with the poor and to advocate and take risks for and with the poor…”in the soup kitchens and catholic worker houses, among the immigrants, with those working to end mass incarceration, and with those who seek to protect all of us, especially the poorest of the poor around the world, from the vagaries of climate change.” The International Peacemakers will also focus their time on the three priority areas of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s work: Racism, Poverty and Church Vitality. We believe that peacemakers from our partners can help us understand and learn about these priorities from a global context.
International Peacemakers: a partnership
Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and World Mission, International Peacemakers who require translation assistance are often accompanied by PC(USA) mission workers. This partnership allows Presbyterians to hear firsthand from both a peacemaker and a mission worker who represents the PC(USA) in the region. Together the peacemaker and mission co-worker share stories of connection and partnership between the PC(USA) and our ministry partners.
Planning the visit
Hosts are asked to design an itinerary for the peacemaker’s visit that provides many opportunities for meaningful engagement between the peacemaker and various groups and gatherings. Schedules should planned carefully and thoughtfully to make good use of the peacemaker’s time and talents without it being overwhelming or exhausting. Including a variety of groups and settings enriches the experience both for the peacemaker and the mid-council or institution.
Hosts of peacemakers provide hospitality for the peacemaker during the visit. They arrange for the peacemaker’s lodging, meals and local transportation. Ordinarily a team of people from the mid-council or institution share the responsibility for the logistics of the visit.
Costs and travel
The hosting organization is asked to contribute $450 to help defray the cost of the program. The Peacemaking Program covers all international and domestic airline travel costs. We will make travel arrangements, purchase tickets, provide honoraria and health insurance, and inform hosts of travel schedules. As soon as your peacemaker’s visit has been confirmed, instructions for making the payment of $450 will be sent to you.
Application and notification
Please use the online application form to apply to host a peacemaker. Apply early but no later than July 1. Applicants will be notified automatically that their application has been received. If you do not receive an automatic reply, please check with the Peacemaking Program at 502-569-5805 to confirm receipt of your application. Placements will be made as soon as possible following application. Late applications will be filled as space is available.
All hosts, whether new to the program or experienced, are expected to take part in a mandatory webinar led by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
Visiting the PC(USA) between September 13 and October 7
The following individuals have been selected (many of them nominated by our partners) and agreed to serve as International Peacemakers this year: Check back for photos and brief bios of the 2019 International Peacemakers.
FOLLOW THE PEACEMAKERS
2018 International Peacemakers Itineration
International Peacemakers will be visiting presbyteries between September 21 – October 15, 2018. Their itineration schedule is below along with links to hosts’ contact information. You can learn more about the schedule each hosting presbytery is creating by emailing the host.