Risking Peace In A Violent World: Five New Peacemaking Affirmations

8/21/17 - Presbyterian Mission

The five affirmations that frame the Risking Peace report come out of a discernment process begun in 2010 that involved about 100 congregations and presbyteries. The affirmations increase the PCUSA’s teaching of nonviolence for social transformation, while also recognizing how implicated most US citizens are in structural violence (the “isms”) and the violence of several long-term wars. The report includes a careful reassessment of Jesus’ nonviolence in relation to the Reformed tradition, Just War, and Just Peacemaking approaches.


The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.

7/27/17 - Smithsonian Magazine - Katie Nodjimbadem

A 1963 protest placard in the Smithsonian collections could almost be mistaken for any of the Black Lives Matter marches of today.


When Portland banned blacks: Oregon’s shameful history as an ‘all-white’ state

6/07/17 - The Washington Post - By DeNeen L. Brown

In 1844, all black people were ordered to get out of Oregon Country, the expansive territory under American rule that stretched from the Pacific coast to the Rocky Mountains.

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