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Date 05 May 1996 13:16:52


                         By Julian Shipp 
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program has published a 
second edition of "Doing Peacemaking: Implementing the Commitment to 
Peacemaking in Your Congregation." 
     According to the Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Presbyterian Peacemaking 
Program coordinator, this resource is designed to help congregations 
implement each of the eight areas of the "Commitment to Peacemaking." These 
areas are worship, prayer and Bible study, peacemaking in families and 
congregations, community ministries, response to global issues, global 
security, making peace with the earth and the receipt of the Peacemaking 
     "Doing Peacemaking" includes descriptions of resources and other 
assistance available from the three divisions of the General Assembly 
Council: the Congregational Ministries Division, National Ministries 
Division and Worldwide Ministries Division. 
     "The sessions of more than 4,400 congregations (out of a total of 
11,416) have adopted the 
 Commitment to Peacemaking,'" Killmer said. "This represents 41 percent of 
all Presbyterian congregations." 
     In July, the General Assembly will honor six presbyteries 50 percent 
or more of whose congregations have adopted the "Commitment" since the 1994 
      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. 
     Distribution of the Peacemaking Offering makes it unique among the 
four Assembly-designated special offerings. 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 
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. 
     The "Peacemaking Jubilee," the 1995 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 the creation of the U.N. in 1945 and 
continue to support the international organization. 
     The 32-page resource is available from Distribution Management 
Services for $1.00. To order, call (800) 524-2612 and specify item DMS 

For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
  Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
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