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June 30, 2021
Duty officers raise their hands in prayer at a Washington for Jesus rally, 1980. Source: RNS photo in Pearl.

Beginning in earnest in the 1980s, some Presbyterians began to engage with policing, prisons, and imprisoned people with the aim to radically transform the administration of punishment in the United States, to truly make out of a system of prisons a system of justice. General Assembly actions have tended, however, to palliate any potential offense...

June 17, 2020
Protesters fleeing tear gas, by Mike Shaheen, via Wikimedia Commons.

The police killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have sparked demonstrations around the country in defense of Black lives. Protesters have begun to mainstream police and prison abolition--ideas which the writers of Black liberation have developed over decades...

June 6, 2020

George Floyd was killed in the custody of Minneapolis Police on Monday, May 25, 2020. As American citizens have risen up against unjust policing over the past week, police have been overwhelmed by their numbers. In Philadelphia and elsewhere, states have deployed the national guard, and the decades-old power of the US Army to enforce civil order is a topic of conversation. Commentators have noted the double consciousness required of Black men who...

September 30, 2016

In recognition of PC(USA) Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson's recent visit to Colombia as part of an ecumenical delegation supporting the recent peace deal with the FARC, we'd like to present a snapshot of American Presbyterians' relationship with the people of Colombia.

Community nursing in Colombia, 16 March 1965

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September 9, 2014

In the early 1980s, the grassroots movement to halt the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union known as the nuclear freeze swept through American political consciousness. Conceived in Western Massachusetts in 1979 by the peace activist Randall Forsberg, the concept aimed to make nuclear abolition palatable to a broad majority of Americans by emphasizing mutual, bilateral disarmament. 

The freeze movement was in some ways a reversion to positions long held by Presbyterians. Beginning with the General Assembly of 1946, the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A...

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