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Presbyterian Church (USA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“[W]e write to urge a renewed, determined U.S. effort, in coordination with the Quartet, to work with Israel and Palestinian Authority to achieve a negotiated two-state peace agreement before it is too late…

We believe the outline for a two-state peace agreement is widely known and would likely be accepted by majorities of Israelis and Palestinians if presented by their leaders as the only viable alternative to more violence and war. UN Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 1397, the Taba Agreement (2001), the Arab Peace Initiative (2002), People’s Voice Initiative (2003), the Geneva Initiative (2003), and the (unofficial) Israeli Peace Initiative (2011), taken together, provide practical and reasonable ideas for resolving all the issues, including borders and security, settlements, refugees, and the future of Jerusalem.

While time is running out for a workable two-state solution, it remains the most realistic resolution of the conflict in which both peoples can live in peace, security, and mutual recognition.”

“Stated Clerk Joins Religious Leaders in Pushing for Two-State Peace Agreement,” www.pcusa.org, Jan. 29, 2015

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Description:

“The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States…

Established: 1983 in Atlanta, following a reunion of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the Presbyterian Church in the United States, which had separated during the U.S. Civil War…

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology, and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members. Presbyterians observe two Sacraments—Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.”

“General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Media Guide,” www.pcusa.org, June 2014

Mission:

“In 1910, a predecessor denomination, United Presbyterian Church in North America (1858–1958) adopted a constitutional statement (F-1.0304 of the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity) declaring the Six Great Ends of the Church. They are:
– The proclamation of the gospel of the salvation of humankind;
– The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;
– The maintenance of divine worship;
– The preservation of the truth;
– The promotion of social righteousness; and
– The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.”

“General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Media Guide,” www.pcusa.org, June 2014

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Quoted in:
  1. How Did Israel Become a State?