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Compassion, Peace & Justice

The Compassion, Peace and Justice (CP&J) Task Force of the Presbytery of Des Moines recently studied an overture to the 222nd General Assembly which calls for fossil fuel divestment by the Presbyterian Foundation and Board of Pensions. The overture was initially passed by the Presbytery of San Francisco. Eight presbyteries have concurred with the overture to date. The Task Force is requesting that the Presbytery of Des Moines concur with this overture at its February 2016 meeting. 

Our planet has been experiencing record high temperatures and extreme weather events, and the level of CO2 in the atmosphere has continued to rise. The Pope has issued his Laudato Si’ Climate Change encyclical, and many institutions, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Council of Churches, have decided to divest from Fossil Fuels.

The newsletter of Social Ministries for Peace and Justice of the Des Moines Presbytery.

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For nearly four decades, the Presbytery of Des Moines has answered the call of rural congregations and communities and global neighbors with our own special offering.  Since this offering was established in 1978, Presbyterians have supported some very creative ministries with a rural focus within the Presbytery and around the world. 

Materials for the Presbytery of Des Moines’ 2016 Harvest Offering are ready for distribution.  Your giving supports program and projects with a focus on rural concerns, with half of the offering designated for rural Iowa and half for international programs benefiting farmers, with an emphasis on women in agriculture.

 

The Compassion, Peace & Justice Task Force seeks to honor all entities in the Presbytery of Des Moines who are raising awareness of social justice issues, advocating for neighbors in need, and providing opportunities for greater service. Anyone can nominate a church or group in your church that you feel fits this description.

By Nancy Lister-Settle, Hunger Action Advocate

On May 29, four members of the Presbytery of Des Moines left for their final Joining Hands visit to our partners in Egypt. There was a bittersweet feeling as preparations were made, but this quickly changed to an air of celebration when the group arrived in Egypt. Since the launch of the Joining Hands initiative in 2000, the Presbytery of Des Moines has partnered with a network of churches, nongovernmental organizations, and grassroots associations to identify and address root causes of hunger and poverty through collaboration and advocacy. 

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Thu Mar 02 @ 7:00AM - 09:00PM
CROSS Ministries Board Meeting
Tue Mar 07 @ 8:30AM - 10:30AM
Congregational Reconciliation Task Force (CRTF)
Tue Mar 14 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
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Thu Mar 16 @12:30PM - 03:00PM
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Thu Mar 16 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
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Tue Mar 21 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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Stated Meeting

 Our Next Stated Meeting Is:

All-Iowa Presbyterian Gathering

Friday & Saturday, June 2-3, 2017

The six Iowa presbyteries are joining together for a weekend of worship, learning, mission, and fellowship.  PCUSA Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson will be preaching and speaking as we celebrate our differences and share our common faith as the one Body of Christ.  Come celebrate being Presbyterian in Iowa!  Registration will be taken by each presbytery, and more information will be forthcoming soon!  Save the date for what will undoubtedly be an impacting experience.  The meeting will be hosted by Collegiate & Northminster Presbyterian Churches in Ames, Iowa.