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Four children at play (holding one another's clothes to form a straight line) in Pakistan's Jalozai refugee camp.

Children at play in Pakistan's Jalozai refugee camp.
Photo by Mohammad Sajjad/AP Photo. July/August 2009 Horizons

About This Issue
Security in the Midst of Violence

Children, women and men are suffering throughout the world. From the United States to Sudan, people live a reality that is far removed from God's promise of justice and peace for all. Many live lives that feel controlled by violence, perhaps at the hands of a loved one or as the result of a struggle for political or economic power. But God reminds us that violence is not all there is. In the midst of these horrifying situations, God's presence and the loving response of people of faith offer hope that a better life is possible. God calls each of us to respond, finding ways to be co-creators of security for those who are suffering.

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Horizons is the magazine of Presbyterian Women. It is planned and designed for individuals and PW circles, newcomers and longtime participants in the organization. You'll notice resources are scattered throughout the magazine—in sidebars, boxes and sometimes entire articles—because Presbyterian Women is made up of leaders, both current leaders and women with leadership potential. Participants in Presbyterian Women are also active—in their congregation, community and world—so we work to include ways you can respond to what you read in Horizons.

The purpose of Horizons magazine is the same as the purpose of our publisher, Presbyterian Women:

Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit we commit ourselves:

  • to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study
  • to support the mission of the church worldwide
  • to work for justice and peace
  • to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God's kingdom

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In Our Next Issue
September/October 2009

Hospitality, Community and the PW Churchwide Gathering

Horizons splooshMargaret Aymer explores how Jesus' message asks us to step over certain boundaries, ignore some expectations and occasionally meddle, to ensure community includes everyone.

Horizons splooshJean Kim highlights the issues of homelessness and affordable housing in the United States and offers ways individuals and congegations can respond.

Horizons splooshMilton Tyree shares suggestions for how congregations can ensure they welcome people with developmental disabilities.

Horizons splooshPhotos, quotes and highlights from the 2009 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women.

Horizons splooshAnd much more!

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