Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Holston Presbytery Passes Commitment to Peacemaking

Holston Presbytery became the third presbytery to adopt the Commitment to Peacemaking this morning at its stated meeting at Strawberry Plains Presbyterian Church. Here is the text of the overture from the Ethics and Human Needs Committee.

In addition to approving various encouragements toward peacemaking and discipleship, the presbytery voted to approve the following two actions:

Establish a Holston Presbytery Peacemaking and Discipleship Day. This day of peacemaking and discipleship will be held once per year and will be a day of education and dialogue. It will include workshops for all Presbyterians within our bounds in areas of spiritual discernment, personal discipleship, conflict management, violence and the causes of violence, and peacemaking in all areas of life. This day of peacemaking and discipleship will enable presbyters, sessions, and congregations to share ideas, dialogue about critical topics, and build relationships of trust.

Adopt the Commitment to Peacemaking (see Appendix 2), instruct the Stated Clerk to inform each session in the Presbytery of this action, inform the stated clerk of the General Assembly of this action, and encourage all sessions and congregations within the presbytery to study and to adopt the Commitment to Peacemaking.
Here is the text of the Commitment to Peacemaking from the Presbyterian Church (USA) Peacemaking Program.

Holston Presbytery joins the Presbytery of West Virginia, Western Reserve, the Synod of the Northeast and over 4,600 hundred congregations (sessions) in adopting this commitment. Nineteen congregations (sessions) of Holston Presbytery have adopted the Commitment to Peacemaking.


  1. Ah, my beloved Holston Pres. How much of my time and effort over so many years did I give to thee...

    This is good. It's about time we pulled our heads out of...well, you know.

    We were on the right track with the movement to divest from Israel, but caved in to idle threats from anonymous cowards.
    Now, so many years too late, we're on the Peace train?

    Good. I approve.
    Jesus only told us to practice peace oh...about 2000 or so years ago. Nice to see we're catching up.

  2. Thanks TN,

    Hey, you oughtta join us on the 22nd in JC!