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Peace, War, and the Middle East  
Policies, reports and resources

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Encountering the Gospel of Peace Anew
An Invitation to Discernment and Witness, an Interim Report to the 220th General Assembly (2012)—From the Peace Discernment Steering Team.

Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling
The 1980 foundational document that called for the establishment of a churchwide peacemaking emphasis.

Resolution on Violence, Religion and Terrorism
This resource includes both the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) resolution on terrorism and six lesson plans for its study.

Summary of General Assembly Actions Related to Nuclear Weapons
Statements on nuclear weapons and disarmament by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessors.

Christian Obedience in a Nuclear Age
A Policy Statement Adopted By The 200th General Assembly (1988) Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

For Human Rights and Civic Freedom
Movements for democratic change in the Arab world —from the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy.

Resolution on the Middle East
This report, adopted by the 209th General Assembly, provides a remarkable understanding of peacemaking and justice issues in the Middle East.

To Repent, to Restore, to Rebuild, and to Reconcile
A study paper on lessons learned and directions toward peace in Iraq.

Directions Toward Peace in Iraq
The 2008 General Assembly called for a withdrawal from Iraq and the cooperation of the international community in restoring the country's sovereignty. This essay explains the basis for the church's position and summarizes its suggestions for carrying them out responsibly and successfully.

Iraq: Our Responsibility and the Future
This study stimulates reflection and discussion on just war and other principles of conscience concerning the military action in Iraq.

Costly Lessons of the Iraq War
What can we learn from the invasion and occupation, and what responsibilities do we have? Approved by the 218th General Assembly (2008).

Appendix A: Costly lessons of the Iraq war
Appendix A: Costly lessons of the Iraq War to the study paper, "To Repent, To Restore, To Rebuild, and to Reconcile" commended for study by the 218th General Assembly (218).

Iraq and Beyond
This statement with study guide was developed by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) to encourage a churchwide process of reflection, discussion and understanding about the issues raised by the military action in Iraq.

Israel, Palestine, the General Assembly, and personal perception
by Christian T. Iosso, originally publish in The Presbyterian Outlook.

Kairos Palestine Document and A Study Guide
This study guide was designed to give a better understanding of the plight of Palestinian Christians and the dynamics of the larger Israeli-Palestinian struggle. The Kairos Palestine Document Study Guide was prepared by the Middle East Monitoring Group that was mandated by the 219th General Assembly (2010).

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