Children's Defense Fund Protect Children, Not Guns 2010 is a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state data on gun violence in America. This report provides the latest statistics on firearm deaths by race, age and manner; highlights state gun violence trends and efforts to prevent child access to guns; dispels common myths about guns; and explains the significance of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gun ownership. Download the full report and find out how you can help dismantle the pipeline to prison by standing up and taking action to help protect children from the effects of gun violence. Read Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call, the statement of the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, Director of the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness in Washington, was interviewed about immigration on PBS. Dr. Nelson speaks about how the perspective of some faith communities on comprehensive immigration reform is shaped by the biblical meaning of neighbor and family.
Come, believers, Christ-redeemed, God-beloved, Spirit-infused! What is our call? We are called to stand against injustice, inequality, and oppression, as our Lord and Savior did, for injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Come, believers, come to worship God— for God, the maker of heaven and earth, makes wars to cease throughout the world. The God of heaven and earth is with us. The God of peace is our refuge.
Based on Psalm 46 God-beloved, and Martin Luther King‘s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" David Gambrell
Thirty years of peacemaking, and what do we have to show for it? A lot, when you think about it!
Thirty years ago, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were locked head-to-head in a nuclear arms race. In response, Presbyterians across the country took seriously Isaiah's call to beat swords into plowshares and got involved in the Nuclear Freeze Campaign. Today, not only has the nuclear arms race been halted, it has been reversed. Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties (SALT) have been replaced by Strategic Arms Reduction Treaties (START), dramatically reducing nuclear arsenals on both sides.
Thirty years ago, the black majority population of South Africa was oppressed and disenfranchised by the white minority government's policy of apartheid. Presbyterians supported divestment from corporations doing business in South Africa, which helped to put pressure on the South African government, eventually bring an end to the apartheid regime.
These are just two examples.
What others can you think of? How were Presbyterians involved in the Sanctuary Movement, the Central American Solidarity movement or the movement for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland or the effort to move the U.S. to ratify the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women?
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Roger Scott Powers is pastor of Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore and co-moderator of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.