The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, a mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a program of Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministries, in urgent response to the overwhelming culture of violence in our world is working toward:
- Transforming cultures of violence into communities of peace.
- Responding with the community to…
- Inspire new approaches to active peacemaking.
- Equip God’s people to be compassionate and prophetic peacemakers.
- Connect communities of peace to learn from each other in shared accompaniment and take action together for the transformation of the world.
Since 1984 over 220 International Peacemakers from more than 57 countries have been hosted by Presbyterians. These visits have informed Presbyterians, opened hearts and minds, touched lives, established relationships and inspired new ministries. By sharing stories of their work and witness, they help us to understand peace and justice concerns around the world and they provide insights that can inspire us to greater faithfulness. Their visits broaden our sense of God’s inclusive family and help equip us to build a culture of peace and nonviolence for all God’s children. https://www.
The mission of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians is to strengthen the church of Jesus Christ, with the help of God’s grace. The Covenant Network achieves this goal by working for the unity of the church, furthering the inclusion of LGBTQ persons, seeking understanding and reconciliation, and joining with others seeking a still more just and inclusive church. Further it provides resources to enable people of all ages to examine their own attitudes and seek inclusion rather than division. See covnetpres.org.
On March 10th 2013 “Mikey” Partida a local Davis resident was violently attacked in a hate crime aimed at his sexual orientation. In response, his mother along with concerned citizens formed the Davis Phoenix Coalition. The mission of the Phoenix Coalition is to gather and engage the Davis community in ongoing efforts to eliminate intolerance, for the purpose of preventing hate motivated violence and thus cultivating a broader civic culture that embraces and promotes all aspects of the city’s diverse community. This mission is accomplished through raising awareness through events, such as the Davis Pride Festival and Run for Equality http://davispride.org/, engaging the community in restorative activities, advocating for a prosocial climate in the face of discrimination, and educating the community via the Upstander Carnival. Find out more at http://www.davisphoenixco.org/