Presbyterian Peace Fellowship gives top award to Jewish, PC(USA) groups

2013 Peaceseeker Award goes to Jewish Voice for Peace, Israel/Palestine Mission Network

September 25, 2012


The National Committee of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has voted unanimously to give its Peaceseeker Award for 2013 to Jewish Voice for Peace and the Israel/Palestine Mission Network.

The joint interfaith award recognizes Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for their courageous work for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel and for their prophetic witness to the Presbyterian denomination at the 220th General Assembly in Pittsburgh last summer.

The Peaceseeker Award has traditionally recognized Presbyterians on the front lines of reducing war and violence, beginning with the first award to General Assembly Stated Clerk William P. Thompson in 1970. The 2013 award will be formally presented at the Peace Breakfast sponsored by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in June 2014, during the 221st General Assembly in Detroit.

“In making this award to a Jewish organization,” said PPF Co-Moderator the Rev. Libby Shannon, “the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship recognizes all those in the Jewish community who see the injustice of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and who have the courage to stand up against powerful forces of prejudice and violence. Jewish Voice for Peace carries forth the faithful witness of the biblical prophets. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship celebrates their work of nonviolence in the face of violence.”

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national U.S.-based organization of Jews dedicated to ending the occupation of Palestine. They provide leadership across the country, showing great courage and commitment in their bold effort to hold the State of Israel, Jewish and Christian communities, and the U.S. government accountable to the fundamental justice values of those faiths and nations. For more information, see

The award co-recipient, the Israel Palestine Mission Network, has grown quickly to become one of the most important witnesses for peace and justice in the PC(USA).  “The Israel/Palestine Mission Network,” says Peace Fellowship Executive Director Rick Ufford-Chase, “has worked without ceasing for more than seven years, showing energy, intelligence, imagination, and love as they have listened to the voices of Christians, Muslims and Jews in Palestine and Israel, who cry out for an end to the occupation and the establishment of the things that make for peace. We are grateful to consider them our partners, our teachers and our leaders.”

The IPMN is one of several dozen denominational networks that bring together local Presbyterian church members across the U.S. who share mission concerns in a common region of the world.

The IPMN members study and visit the region and have led efforts in the PC(U.S.A.) to boycott products produced by Israeli companies in the illegally occupied settlements in Palestine, as well to call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to refrain from profiting from investments in corporations that help the Israeli government enforce the now four-decade old occupation. For more information, see

In July 2012, the 220th General Assembly of the PC(U.S.A.) voted to call Presbyterians to boycott Israeli products produced in the illegally occupied territories. The action to divest from three U.S. corporations profiting from the occupation failed narrowly. The work of Jewish Voice for Peace and the Israel/Palestine Mission Network will continue in this historic effort to end the occupation and to find a fair and peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Also supporting that goal, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is a national community of Presbyterians founded in 1944 to act on the gospel of the nonviolence by working to reduce war and violence in the world. For more information, see


  1. Thanks to Presbyterian Peace Fellowship for awarding the Peaceseeker Award to IPMN. The tireless work encourages people throughout the church who work for justice in peaceable ways. I thankfully applaud your choice.

    by Jo Lucas

    September 30, 2012

  2. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is right on the mark in recognizing Jewish Voice for Peace for their courage and tenacity in working for justice for the Palestinians and security for Israel. I am also gratified that the PPF recognized the Israel/Palestine Mission Network for motivating our denomination to work more effectively for justice and peace in Israel/Palestine.

    by Jim McGown

    September 30, 2012

  3. Wow this is great news. Both groups very deserving of the award. Especially grand that PPF recognizes the interfaith partnership for peace and activism that the two groups have forged over several years of work. The individuals involved as well as the organizations themselves are an inspiration to others.

    by Casey

    September 30, 2012

  4. IPMN members are deeply honored to be included in this award given by PPF, an organization which has long been our role model. We couldn’t do all we do without the partnership of Jewish Voices for Peace, the staff in Louisville and so many dedicated Presbyterian writers, speakers and activists who support just peace.

    by Kathy Matsushima

    September 29, 2012

  5. Thanks PPF for this wise and appropriate choice for the 2012 Peacseekers Award. A lot of prayer and effort to speak the truth in love went into the effort at GA by both JVP and IPMN. We witnessed both and participated in some of it. The recognition is deeply appreciated.

    by Darrell & Sue Yeaney

    September 28, 2012

  6. Thank you for selecting the Jewish Voice for Peace along with IPMN for this award. JVP is right there on the front lines in this struggle and their actions speak clearly.

    by Jeff Story

    September 28, 2012

  7. What good news! Two more deserving groups could not be found to be so honored by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Thanks to PPF for giving honor where it is due and lifting up those who struggle for a just peace in the Middle East.

    by Linda Brebner

    September 28, 2012