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Peacemaking Offering Increases
04 May 1996 16:07:54
96111 Peacemaking Offering Increases
For 15th Straight Year
by Julian Shipp
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Presbyterian Peacemaking Offering receipts increased
14.4 percent in 1995 over the previous year with Presbyterians contributing
more than $1.7 million to the offering. This is the 15th consecutive year
that there has been a rise in the receipts.
The distribution of the Peacemaking Offering makes it unique among the
four special offerings designated by the General Assembly. Each
congregation retains 25 percent of its offering for its own peacemaking
efforts; 25 percent is shared by presbyteries and synods; and 50 percent is
used by the national Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
"Fifteen years of increases is a remarkable success," said the Rev.
H.William Peterson, interim coordinator of the Presbyterian Peacemaking
Program. "I believe it represents a long yearning for peace in the world
and in the church."
According to Peterson, the response to the offering makes a strong
statement about peacemaking efforts throughout the denomination, especially
in synods, presbyteries and congregations. The number of sessions adopting
the "Commitment to Peacemaking" continues to rise as well.
More than 4,156 congregations have adopted the "Commitment" as a
promise that their congregation is going to be involved in peacemaking. In
July, the General Assembly will honor at least two presbyteries and one
synod 50 percent or more of whose congregations' sessions have adopted the
"Commitment to Peacemaking" since the 1995 Assembly. To date, 68
presbyteries have reached that mark.
The theme for the 1996 Peacemaking Offering is "Live peaceably with
all... If your enemies are hungry, feed them'" from Romans 12:18, 20. Most
congregations will receive the offering on World Communion Sunday, Oct. 6,
1996. The offering poster is a colorful interpretation of the Lord's Supper
using art from Taller Jesus Obrero, an artisan collective in El Salvador.
The Peacemaking Offering packet will include three study resources:
"Rebuilding: Peacemaking in Nehemiah," "Forgiveness" and "Building a
Neighborhood Together," an intergenerational resource done in collaboration
with "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," the public television program created
and hosted by the Rev. Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister.
It also contains other helpful tools for promoting the offering,
including worship resources, Minutes for Mission, bulletin inserts,
reproduction art and sample brochures that interpret the Peacemaking
Offering and the work of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Offering
packets will be available in May from Presbyterian Distribution Services at
(800) 524-2612. (Specify PDS # 70-350-96-280).
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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