Zionism Unsettled No Longer Sold on PC(USA) Website

June 27, 2014


Effective immediately, the publication Zionism Unsettled, will no longer be sold on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website.

Last week in Detroit, the 221st General Assembly passed a resolution declaring that the booklet Zionism Unsettled “does not represent the views of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”

The Israel-Palestine Mission Network, which produced the booklet, may continue to sell and distribute it through other channels.

“We need to keep our focus on supporting and communicating the decisions of the General Assembly,” said the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. “And responding to a recent increase in feedback about the book is impacting our ability to do that.”

"We support the decision of the General Assembly regarding divestment in its effort for peacemaking in Israel-Palestine, and are hearing from those within the denomination who support it,” said Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. “We are also hearing from church leaders expressing pain and frustration over the divestment decision and its impact on interfaith relations.” 

The General Assembly actions include directives for the PC(USA) to

  • reaffirm Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign nation within secure and internationally recognized borders;
  • declare its commitment to a two-state solution;
  • divest from three American companies whose activities conflict with church investment policy; and
  • reaffirm the church’s commitment to interfaith dialogue and partnerships.  

We are praying for continued conversation and reconciliation within the church and for its witness to a just peace for all people in Israel-Palestine. 

  1. I am so glad to see that this Zionism Unsettled has been removed from the website. I am sad it is still being propagated through other channels. As Tim said "GOD's Word gives the name of Israel to the ownership of what is called Israel's land from 1948." I was considering leaving the Presbyterian church over this and the redefining of the definition of marriage. If my local church decides to redefine marriage then I may have to leave. I'm wondering what has happened to the Presbyterian church.

    by Debra Baker

    December 3, 2014

  2. I was excited to see some good information on this website, and now I can't find it -- it must have been in the "Zionism Unsettled" booklet. It is truly disappointing to see a mainstream Christian church take a stand to educate people about crimes against humanity but then back down because, presumably, they are being called names.

    by John Crane

    July 16, 2014

  3. As a pastor, who has led ten Volunteer Mission Teams to serve in the Occupied Territories, it is with deep appreciation I offer my prayers for your ministry as you work to continue to offer your study. As one who has studied, taught and served in the Occupied Territories since 1994 I value your study. It gives us an opportunity to recognize the hurt and harm Zionism creates for the Palestinian Christians, those “Living Stones” of the land, our brothers/sisters in Christ of the new covenant.

    by F Zahn

    July 1, 2014

  4. In response to the above comment on GOD's word not specifically giving the name of Israel to the ownership of what is called Israel's land from 1948, you evidently don't know you BIBLE. ABRAHAM"S descendants are the Jewish people, and GOD gave them this land. It is specifically given to them and the boundaries were outlined by GOD to his prophet Moses and Joshua. WOW, do you know GOD blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who curse Israel? The Jews are a covenanted people, and GOD does not break his covenants. Ask GOD to change your heart, Saving Grace will do that. Did you know that Jesus was a JEW as well as GOD in flesh? I wonder if you do.

    by Tim Johnson

    July 1, 2014

  5. The urgency of the Palestinian plight in the face of Israeli intransigence indicates that intentional, concrete, and sustained public action is necessary to respond credibly to the crisis. Zionism Unsettled...will prove an effective vehicle for helping to mobilize public opinion so that both attitudes and policies can be transformed in the face of an imperious and exploitative ideology. —Walter Brueggemann Professor Emeritus Columbia Theological Seminary FROM PC(USA) MISSION

    by W S Webb

    June 30, 2014

  6. The recent decision by the Presbyterian Church (USA) shows that Israel has enemies who are working hard to change the Christian narrative on Israel. So maybe it’s time that we recognize and appreciate this priceless gift of friendship from the far larger group of Christians who do love and support Israel, and have for many years. The fact that there are millions of Christians who offer their political, financial and moral support for the Jewish state, and do so consistently without expecting anything in return, cannot be taken for granted. Thank God for the Christian and Jewish supporters of the Fellowship, who nurture a vision of shalom, respect and cooperation between our two great faith communities. The writer is senior vice president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

    by W S Webb

    June 30, 2014

  7. The modern State of Israel founded in May 1948 is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible - although other entities called "Israel" are featured: a kingdom, a people, a fellow who also went by the name of Jacob. The Bible sometimes offers support for these, and sometimes prophetic condemnation. But the Bible does not directly instruct readers whether, or how, we are to support "Israel" as we find it today.

    by Theodore Gill

    June 30, 2014

  8. I thought the Bible says to support Israel. Is this a political move or monetary move? Are even churches looking only for financial and political correctness to thrive and appease?

    by Sandra Cantrell

    June 28, 2014

  9. Didn't another action of the Assembly specifically permit continued sale of the study guide? How do executive staff overrule this action?

    by Barbara Kellam-Scott

    June 28, 2014