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July 16, 2013

International Peacemaker Available September 27-30: Dr. Zuhair Fathallah of Iraq

Since 1989, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program has brought 200 International Peacemakers from 57 countries to visit 160 presbyteries, six synods, and several Presbyterian colleges to share their experiences as peacemakers in their own lands. These visits have informed Presbyterians, opened hearts and minds, touched lives, built relationships, and inspired new ministries. 

Dr Zuhair Fathallah, a peacemaker from Iraq, is still available from September 27-30.

Zuhair is an assistant professor of Plastic Surgery and consulting plastic surgeon at Basrah Teaching Hospital.  A council member and lay pastor of the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Basrah, he has participated in consultation gatherings ...

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July 1, 2013

Applications to Host International Peacemakers Extended Through July 15

Some of the 2012 International Peacemakers

 There is still time to submit an application to host one of the international peacemakers coming this Fall to itinerate across the PCUSA.  It is a great opportunity learn about efforts in places all over the world to prevent violence, transform conflict, address poverty and work for justice and peace for all of God's people.  The following peacemakers still have available dates:


IRAN - Mansour Khajehpour, contact the Peacemaking Program

NORTHERN IRELAND - Rev. Wilfred Orr, available October 16-21

BOLIVIA - Wilhelm Piérola Iturralde, available October 15-21

CARIBBEAN/JAMAICA -Rev. Nicole Ashwood (CANACOM), several dates ...

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September 26, 2011

The Witness of the Church in Madagascar

Forgiveness means liberation.

Forgiveness means restitution and repairing.

Forgiveness means reconciliation.

The Rev. Hubert Rakotoarivony, International Peacemaker from Madagascar, reflected on the importance of forgiveness as he spoke to a group of 18 people from 9 congregations.

Hubert Rakotoarivony speaking to groupHubert, along with Dan Turk, PC(USA) mission co-worker in Madagascar, addressed the witness of the church in Madagascar.

Hubert spoke of the work toward peacemaking and reconciliation of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). This begins with an awareness that peace is not just the absence of war or conflict. Peace is active. Peace involves social justice, equity, dignity, non-discrimination ...

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September 26, 2010

Reconciliation is ‘compulsion’ for Pakistani religious leader

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Reconciliation is ‘compulsion’ for Pakistani religious leader. International Peacemaker "Bishop Mano Rumalshah is bishop emeritus of the Church of Pakistan’s Diocese of Peshawar, in the deeply troubled territory of western Pakistan that...

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September 17, 2010

A special gift to the Peacemaking Offering

2010 is the thirtieth anniversary of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Peacemaking Offering, following the adoption by the General Assembly of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, which called for a new emphasis on peacemaking across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This...

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May 4, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – host an International Peacemaker

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Talk to the presbytery peacemaking committee about hosting an International Peacemaker. International Peacemakers are leaders from countries around the world who are engaged in peacemaking. Individuals from eight countries are...

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September 27, 2008

Diego in Greensboro

The Rev. Diego Higuita-Arango, International Peacemaker from Colombia, will be in Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend. Check out where he will appear.

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