Peacemaking Ministry Team
The Peacemaking Ministry Team's mission is to promote the peaceable kingdom of God on earth. Our Lord taught us to pray saying "...thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven..." We pray and work towards a kingdom where individual worth is respected and valued, where conflict is resolved through reasoned debate instead of violence, and where social, economic and environmental justice reigns. We are callled to be beautiful '...feet on the mountains... who proclaim peace' (Isaiah 52:7) wherever we have contact in congregations, presbyteries and communities.
The Peacemaking Ministry Team strives to accomplish this mission through a five-fold strategy:
- We Act: The Peacemaking Ministry Team acts on ongoing list of advocacy issues. These are specific initiatives ranging from arms control and alternatives to violent conflict, to education and awareness of social issues in our world that have potential for violence.
- We Recruit: The Peacemaking Ministry Team seeks out and recruits clergy, congregations and community leaders to espouse and advocate peace and peaceful ways of resolving exiting or potential conflict.
- We Promote: The Peacemaking Ministry Team promotes global citizenship and governance through its communication and outreach, recognizing that's God's creation in planet Earth is a set of resources that belong to all, and must be cared for by all, for the use of all.
- We Connect: The Peacemaking Ministry Team seeks to bring together people in discussion across divides of race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation and national origin, to create a climate of dialogue and relationship-building.
- We Equip: The Peacemaking Ministry Team seeks out and makes available resources to inform, equip and engage people of faith and goodwill in a culture of peace through spiritual practice and intentional daily living.
Come and join us for a conversation about what it may look like to start a “nomadic” peace community committed to regularly eating, praying, and walking through our neighborhoods seeking peace, justice, and reconciliation. The Pittsburgh Presbytery Peacemaking Ministry Team is facilitating this conversation in light of the following invitation from the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship:
“The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) has always taken seriously its call from God to be movers and shakers within the PC(USA) and beyond, encouraging one another to participate in God’s nonviolent work of love, peace, and justice in the world. In efforts to continue following this call and respond to the changing ways of the Church, the PPF is happy to announce our new Peace Communities Partnership initiative.
The PPF is seeking out diverse intentional peace communities across the country willing to share in its passion for peace and justice. The PPF will fund up to seven community grants of $500 per month for one year. Each community will be expected to send two or more members to a national gathering so that we can build our partnership by learning from one another, sharing experiences, and supporting one another.”
We are hoping to build a partnership locally as well as connect nationally with the PPF network. We are still in a formation stage and would love to have your input and participation. Come discern with us what this may look like in our city on Monday, March 24, 5:30 PM at the offices of Pittsburgh Presbytery.
Please Join Us!
The Peacemaking Ministry Team encourages all congregations to study and sign the Commitment to Peacemaking. The Commitment calls us to work for peace through worship, prayer and Bible study; in families and community living, with community ministries, on global issues and global security; to make peace with the earth; and to receive the Peacemaking Offering. The Peacemaking Ministry Team engages the Presbytery on issues of peacemaking through resolutions on the floor of Presbytery meetings as well as leading discussions in congregations, and by supporting peacemaking initiatives by congregations.
All are welcome to attend our meetings, which take place at Pittsburgh Presbytery Center, normally on the fourth Monday of the month, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Please call the Rev. Ayana Teter at 412/323-1400 to confirm meeting dates or to get in touch with us.
Will Your Congregation Host a "Table Talk: Healing from Violence" Event?
The Peacemaking Ministry Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery would like to encourage congregations to host a neighborhood event, "Table Talk: Healing from Violence." The idea is to invite residents in your larger community to come and discuss the impact of violence on their lives and their communities. The event would include a meal or other refreshments. Think of your neighbors: people who may have lost a loved one to gun violence, individuals who have suffered because of domestic violence, or anyone feeling the pain of the many acts of violence in our country and in our world. Table Talk could catalyze God's healing work in our communities. The Peacemaking Ministry Team is pleased to offer $100 grants for up to five congregations that feel led to host such a Table Talk event. The grant would be for the cost of the food and publicity. Churches are deeply encouraged to partner together, sharing in this community witness. If you are interested, please contact the Rev. Ayana Teter. Let us answer your questions and join you in the ministry of reconciliation. Click here to read more!
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The Rev. W. Mark Koenig
Coordinator, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry
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