Peacemaking Ministry Team

The PEVA PEACEMAKING MINISTRY TEAM inspires, equips and mobilizes PEVA congregations and members to work for peace, social and environmental justice.

PCUSA LAMENTS THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD

The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA), remenbers recent victims of racial violence.

 

Statement from the Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount (President, Union Presbyterian Seminary) on the Death of George Floyd.

George Floyd Is My Brother - Jill Duffield (Editor, Presbyterian Outlook)

Presbyterian Mission Agency - Matthew 25 in the PC(USA): A Bold Vision and Invitation 

 

PC(USA) Office of Public Witness Action Alert - The Presbyterian Church U.S.A, Office of Public Witness, is outraged by the senseless murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.  READ MORE

"As people of faith, we must honor the inherent value and dignity of all people and seek justice when that value and dignity is attacked.  We are calling on Presbyterians to take action and stand against racism in all its myriad forms."

  • Petition the President of the United States to proclaim a national day of “Mourning Against Racial Injustice” on June 19th, the traditional day of celebration for African Americans over the end of slavery, where flags will be flown at half-mast.
  • Contact your member of Congress demanding legislation that defines racialized police violence as a hate crime.
     

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PCUSA - Responding to Sin of Racism

 

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On the Church in This Moment in History – A Call to Action

The 224th General Assembly (2020) passed a resolution by a vote of 407-72 (85% voting yes)

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The Season of Peace Begins Sept. 6, 2020

 

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Sept. 6 - Oct. 4, the season is a time for congregations to focus on what it means to be a peacemaking congregation and what it means to be people of peace

Resources are ready for the Season of Peace, including a new set of Path of Peace reflections, which can be delivered daily to your email inbox during the season.
 
 
 

Peacemaking Grants
Available 

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If you or your church are seeking funds for peacemaking related ministries or activities PEVA's Peacemaking Ministry Team has grants available.

 


Click Here for Gant Applications & Guidelines

Human Trafficking

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How serious is HUMAN TRAFFICKING? How much does your congregation know about Human Trafficking?An estimated 800,000 people, of which 80% are women and up to 50% are minors that are trafficked across national borders. CLICK HERE FOR A TOOLKIT FOR ACTION
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Immigrants, Refugees & Sanctuary

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Resources from Presbyterian Mission and OGA  A couple of new resources have been released by Presbyterian Mission and the OGA in the last few days. Please pass them along to church leaders and members.  "We Choose Welcome!" campaign, allowing Presbyterians to express commitment to welcoming refugees and immigrants in our communities. Read about downloadable/printable yard signs and an action guide here: www.presbyterianmission.org/we-choose-welcome 
 The Genesis of Exodus
, a new interactive online resource, offers a wealth of background and tools to help Presbyterians and others understand and respond to immigration issues. At the end of this “storymap” is a section describing what congregations and individuals can do to become involved in the movement. 

 

Wear Orange

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Why wear ORANGE? On or around the 25TH of EVERY MONTH WEAR ORANGE to raise awareness and advocate for change.  Wear orange to promote awareness of the violence that confronts women and girls worldwide. The act of wearing orange is so simple, but promotes and creates awareness on such an important message.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE 

 

 

Center for the Study of Religious Freedom

Through high-impact learning experiences, the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom informs, transforms, and equips individuals to be engaged leaders and citizens, as they increasingly understand why religious freedom is a basic human right of daily significance.  Since the late 1700s, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom has shaped Hampton Roads. PEVA's Peacemaking Ministry Team supports the efforts of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and building bridges and fostering a dialogue of inclusiveness.

No Guns in God's House

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For 50 years the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has supported reasonable gun laws to reduce murders, accidents, suicides and injuries. The Presbyterian General Assembly, the denomination’s highest body, has urged churches to post “No Guns in God’s House” signs as a public witness to the need to reduce gun violence. The goal is that 100 churches post this sign, study about this issue, promote constructive theological dialogue, education and awareness about gun violence and to confront the fears and anxieties that can prevent us from entering into healthy debate about what many Christians feel is too political an issue to address in church.  Download the free PDF sign to print for your congregation, Download & print the PDF brochure.  The Peace Fellowship has published a new Gun Violence Prevention Congregational Toolkit
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PDA- Stand in the Gap

pdalogosidebluewithtaglargeGIVE BY TEXT: Text PDA to 20222. This provides $10 to support disaster response where needed most.  Designate your gift Give to a disaster or relief project of your choice.

ACT - STAY INFORMED- Sign up to receive PDA RIN (Rapid Information Network) emails to be aware of current responses and urgent needs you can share with your congregation.  Email PDA to request the complimentary Mission Mosaic by mail to read stories of disaster recovery around the world in magazine format.  VolunteerWork teams  or PEVA's Disaster Recovery Planning Team (DRPT) are groups of volunteers (three or more) who help to clean up and rebuild disaster-affected areas throughout the United States.  PDA volunteers are individuals with specific skills who serve as members of various teams to help PDA in its mission of disaster response both nationally and internationally.

Assemble Gift of the Heart Kits, an excellent hands-on project for youth groups, Presbyterian Women and others who want a tangible way to be involved. The most frequently needed kits in a disaster are the School kit, Health kit and Layette kit.
 
Get involved in a U.S. Growing Project- Start or participate in a community growing project in the United States. Raise money to fund overseas food security programs that are helping people help themselves. Explore the Foods Resource Bank.
 
PRAY - OUR BEST RESPONSE IS PRAYER.  Pray for the people whose lives were directly affected by a disaster in their community, pray for the relief workers and those who are offering assistance, and pray that hope will be found out of the chaos of disasters.