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PEACEMAKING OFFERING SHOWS INCREASE
05 May 1996 07:36:11
95059 PEACEMAKING OFFERING SHOWS INCREASE
by Julian Shipp
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Presbyterian Peacemaking Offering grew by 3.3
percent in 1994 over the previous year, with Presbyterians
contributing more than $1.5 million to the offering.
According to the Rev. Richard L. Killmer, coordinator of the
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, this marks the 14th consecutive
year the offering has increased and the sixth year the offering has
received more than $1 million.
"I am very pleased, " Killmer said. "This has been a
challenging year for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), yet there
was a 3.3 percent increase."
As of Jan. 20, 4,395 churches out of a total of 11,416 have
adopted the "Commitment to Peacemaking." In July, the General
Assembly will honor six presbyteries 50 percent or more of whose
congregations have adopted the "Commitment" since the 1994
Killmer theorized that efforts of the 1994 Assembly as well
as those of synods, presbyteries and congregations to deal with
conflicts and disagreements within the church contributed to the
support of the denomination's peacemaking emphasis.
When the General Assembly declared peacemaking a special
mission emphasis in 1980, it created a special Peacemaking Offering
to support such efforts throughout the world. At that time, it was
suggested that the offering be received on World Communion Sunday
(the first Sunday in October). However, some congregations receive
it at other times during the year.
The 1995 Peacemaking Offering poster is based on the painting
"The Congregation" by artist Jonathan Green. It will be included
in the 1995 Peacemaking Offering packet that will be mailed out to
all congregations in April.
Distribution of the Peacemaking Offering makes it unique among
the four Assembly-designated special offerings. Each congregation
retains 25 percent of its offerings for its own peacemaking
efforts; 25 percent is shared by presbyteries and synods; and 50
percent is used by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
The "Peacemaking Jubilee," the 1995 Presbyterian Peacemaking
Conference, will be held Aug. 12-16 in Hempstead, New York. Held
in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the peacemaking
emphasis and 50th anniversary of the United Nations, the conference
is sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Presbyterians
were active in 1945 in the creation of the U.N. and continue to
support the international organization.
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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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