Largest Presbyterian denomination in U.S. demands Obama push for Israeli-Hamas ceasefire

clashesBy Michael Gryboski

The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States released a statement Tuesday demanding that President Barack Obama push Israel and Hamas towards negotiating a ceasefire immediately.

“The situation is escalating beyond control. The bloodshed and wielding of power in the contested land is unconscionable,”  reads the statement from the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of the General Assembly .“Just as the United States has moved swiftly to provide $47 million in humanitarian assistance to Gaza, America also must lead the way in insisting on a ceasefire and enabling negotiations.”

The statement also said that the PCUSA leaders “urge President Obama to use all the diplomatic weight afforded the highest office of this nation to end this conflict, and support all steps toward lasting peace in the Middle East.”

“Likewise, we urge U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, working in collaboration with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to take all necessary steps to facilitate both an immediate ceasefire and resumed peace negotiations,” continued the statement.

The statement was signed by the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly; Ruling Elder Heath K. Rada, moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014); and Ruling Elder Linda Bryant Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.



Comments 6

  • This was part of an article by Kelly Allen in the Presbyterian Outlook. Kelly S. Allen is the pastor of University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas, and was a commissioner to the 221st General Assembly where she served as a member of the Middle East Issues Committee. This is quoted from her,

    “To label divestment as “hate” is wrong. Even if this policy is misguided or ineffective, it is not hate. It is a nonviolent attempt to further peace in a complex situation, along with strategies and efforts that were celebrated throughout the assembly: schools attended by Arab and Israeli children, interfaith dialogue efforts throughout the U.S. and investment in economic development throughout the region.”

    You got be kidding me, even they know they screwed up. Now the PCUSA is following behind the Episcopal church on the slip-n-slide to hell.

  • The “largest Presbyterian denomination” comprises about one half of one per cent (and declining) of the US population. And Parsons doesn’t even speak for most of that tiny minority. So his requests or demands can, and should, be ignored.

  • Israel needs to destroy Hamas, and forget about a cease fire which never will happen. Hamas is a terrorist organization with its USA friend C.A.I.R. Cease fire, come on since you should know there never will be peace in our time until the Prince of Peace, Christ, will one day destroy the ultimate enemy, satan.

  • Yeah right, Netanyahu over there shaking in his shoes now. The Reverend Gradye Parsons has spoken.

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