A June 27 letter to the editor ("A divestment decision") regarding the Presbyterian Church (USA) action on its investment in three American companies is unfortunate.

This was a very close vote, decided by a margin of only 1 percent of the 650 commissioners. Claiming "victory" in such a case is divisive and unwise. Likewise, bemoaning a "defeat" polarizes people who need to be talking to each other.

The voting commissioners are local church leaders and pastors asked to act on a wide variety of issues every two years. As two of those voting commissioners, we find the economic, political, international, justice and security aspects of the Middle East peace process to be well above our pay grade.

Because the question was asked, it was, nonetheless, our responsibility to vote. Sadly, either outcome would have been seen as taking sides.

These two Presbyterians choose to stand with Pope Francis in praying for peace and encouraging both sides to find the middle ground.

John E. Felch Jr.

Coopersburg

Rev. Dr. Steven H. Shussett

Upper Macungie Township

The writers were delegates

who attended the General Assembly

of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in June.