2014 – 2013 Key Highlights
Kairos USA “Teach the Teachers” – Sent 7 members to Druid Hills United Methodist Church on June 7 for training http://kairosusa.org/
April 2014 – Co-sponsored Students for Justice Palestinian Film Festival for six evenings at Emory and Oglethorpe Universities https://www.facebook.com/events/496675327121378/permalink/496690903786487/
Co-Sponsored Young Gazan Writers (with American Friends Service) on book tour, Gaza Writes Back – Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine, April 10 – 11, 2014. Three Gazans (one was not allowed to leave Gaza) made four appearances – at Agnes Scott College, Georgia State University, North Decatur Presbyterian Church and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Center https://afsc.org/story/gaza-writes-back-national-speaking-tour
Co-Sponsored Josh Ruebner, (with Jewish Voice for Peace) author of Shattered Hopes – Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace, March 23 and 24, 2014, at Central Presbyterian Church, N Decatur Presbyterian Church, Agnes Scott College and Oakhurst Baptist Church. http://joshruebner.com/?page_id=687
Steadfast Hope – Continued to teach at churches throughout the Presbytery http://www.israelpalestinemissionnetwork.org/main/component/content/article/5/3-steadfast-hope
Piloted 8-week Kairos USA training at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, January – February 2014.
2014 PC(USA) General Assembly – Provided educational materials to PGA Commissioners on February 25, 2014, at Town Square Condominium Complex and by mail. Kate Taber, mission worker in Jerusalem, was present and shared information about her work in Israel and Palestine. Several members attended GA, as Commissioner, advocate for Overture on HP Boycott, and others in support of peace/Middle East related overtures. http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/taber-kate/
Encouraged member churches to support overtures related to Israel and Palestine. Two overtures were passed by church sessions (Divestment from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett Packard from NDPC and Oakhurst PC; Boycott HP from Oakhurst PC) and were debated on the floor of the February 2014 Presbytery meeting. Divestment was narrowly defeated; Boycott HP passed. http://www.pcusa.org/news/2014/5/23/overtures-221st-general-assembly-2014/ – Overtures 014 and 030.
Co-Sponsored (with Jewish Voice for Peace-Atlanta, Interfaith Peace Builders, Presbyterian Peacemaking Partnership of the PGA and the Kairos Mission Group at Oakhurst Baptist Church) the Soldier and the Refusenik — Two Israeli activists shared their experiences of Palestinian-Israeli struggle for justice and equality, December 17, 2013, at Oakhurst Baptist, with approximately eighty-five in attendance. http://www.soldierandrefusenik.com/
The Stones Cry Out – Co-sponsored movie with director at Emory and Peachtree Presbyterian on November 9 and 10, 2013. http://www.thestonescryoutmovie.com/
Bethlehem Voices – Co-sponsored (with Tree of Life Educational Fund) event at Peachtree Presbyterian Lodge, including performances and program including Tent of Nations founder Daoud Nassar, October 30, 2013. http://www.tolef.org/atlanta-conference/
Israel/Palestine Mission Network– Sent two members to participate in meeting on October 24-26, 2013, Detroit. http://www.israelpalestinemissionnetwork.org/main/
Annual Conference – Don Wagner and Marc Ellis were keynote speakers for September 7, 2013 conference at Trinity Presbytery Church. Partnered with North GA Presbytery and Peacemaking Partnership. Conference was in memory of Jim McGown. Clergy Breakfast was sponsored with Marc Ellis at Columbia Seminary, September 6. http://www.negapby.org/JHJP2013.pdf
Letter of support for Friends of Sabeel–North America’s letter, sent to 14 company CEOs asking that they stop selling Soda Stream. Ltrs were sent to Amazon, BedBath&Beyond, Best Buy, Costco, Crate&Barrel, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Penney’s, Sears, Staples, Surl aTable, Target, Walmart and Williams-Sonoma. http://www.fosna.org/
Trip to Israel/Palestine – May 25-June 7, 2013. Co-sponsored Interfaith Peace Builders trip with Central Presbyterian. http://www.ifpb.org/