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PCUSA Condemns War With Iran
“As people of faith, we condemn the United States’ dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to the region. We urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war.” --Joint statement by PC(USA) and over twenty denominations and faith-based organizations
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has at several points in recent years lifted up the value of reduced tensions and open dialogue with Iran. The most recent General Assembly affirmed the value of respectful understanding and reducing tensions with the government and the 82 million people of Iran.
As members of a community of nations, we must work to reduce tension and avoid conflict, rather than continuing down the path to yet another war in the Middle East. The PCUSA joined with other denominations and faith-based organizations in a statement calling for an end to the rush to war. Let us pray for peace, and let us stand for peace.
Ask your Senators and Representative to cosponsor S. 1039/H.R. 2354 to prohibit an unauthorized war with Iran.
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Disaster Response: Australia
Prayer for Australia
God of all creation, we weep at the destruction wrought by wildfires in Australia. The images of land, homes, people and animals decimated by flames and smoke evoke cries of “How long, O Lord?”
Bring relief to those suffering unspeakable loss. Grant respite for firefighters and first responders, helpers of all kinds and leaders making difficult decisions. Even as the land is engulfed in devastation, grant hope for new life and restoration. Grow our resolve to do all that is in our power to stop the conditions that are the catalysts of countless natural disasters.
Envelop your beloved world with a vision of your promised future, where crying and death are no more, where the river of life flows, trees shelter all nations and every creature is cared for with compassion.
May your peaceful and certain future compel us to actions that give glimpses of its beauty today, especially in those places most in need of your healing. Amen.
Disaster Response: Puerto Rico
Pacific Presbytery’s Disaster Response Team: Being the Church in Times of Disaster: JOIN US!
Our Disaster Response Team will soon be gathering to develop disaster plans and response for our churches. You are welcome to join us! We meet on an as-needed basis. Please contact Rev. Dave Worth, Disaster Response Team Chair: email@example.com or Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, Mission Catalyst: firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Climate Change Challenge
Climate change is causing our fires to burn at hotter temperatures, scorching the earth. We know that is true here in Southern California and it is true for Australia. The Presbyterian Hunger Program launched a new Climate Care Challenge for individuals and congregations in the PC(USA). Take the challenge HERE. And consider becoming an EarthCare Congregation.
Immigration and Refugee Task Force Gathering~
Wednesday February 12th at 7pm
Covenant Chapel--Resource Center
An intimate gathering of praying, hoping, lamenting and learning together about the current state of migrants in detention and at the border, led by our Immigrant Accompaniment Organizer, Kristi Van Nostran. Also lots of options for immigration ministry for your church in 2020.
Contact Kristi Van Nostran, Immigrant Accompaniment Organizer at PresbyWelcome@gmail.com or (360) 521-4096 for more information.
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