Legislative and Social Justice Workshops and Training Events 2002
(Eastern Pennsylvania and vicinty)

[Note: The information below is preliminary and unofficial; workshops are subject to change or cancellation; some links will not bet functional until program details are announced].


Just Peacemaking

February 8-10, 2002 (Friday-Sunday)
Canadensis, PA (in the Poconos)

Family retreat with separate programs for adults, youth, and children, sponsored by The Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Eastern District Conference and the Franconia Mennonite Confernce.

Adult Program

Just Peacemaking

Just peacemaking goes beyond the traditional questions of war and peace (e.g, whether it is permissible to participate in war), to discover peacemaking practices that will create justice and avoid war. We will explore Just Peacemaking, beginning from the biblical foundation of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Our discussions will compare transforming initiatives, justice, and community in international society in the biblical text and the Just Peacemaking paradigm. The presentations will be drawn largely from Dr. Stassen's books, Just Peacemaking: Transforming Initiatives for Justice and Peace (Westminster/John Knox Press), and Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War (Pilgrim Press).

Dr. Glen H. Stassen, Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, has authored publications on many topics in Christian ethics and peacemaking.

Youth Program

"Us, Them, Little White Daisies, & Jesus", with Marlene Frankenfield and Curt Weaver.
Marlene Frankenfield is conference youth minister for the Franconia Mennonite Conference, and Kurt Weaver is conference youth minister for the Lancaster Mennonite Conference.

Childrens Programs (led by volunteers)

There will be separate programs for children of all ages and baby-sitting for preschoolers. Childrens age groups are nursery, 5-8, and 9-12.

Location

Spruce Lake Retreat Center, RR#1, Box 605, Canadensis, PA 18325. (570) 595-7505.
Spruce Lake Retreat is located 2.5 miles north of Canadensis on PA Rt. 447, in the Pocono Mountains. See Winter Retreat '02 for detailed information and registration form.

LWV Workshop [TBA]

Harrisburg, PA
March 2002

This is a Common Ground Conference of the The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund.

For more information call 800-692-7281. (League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania - Citizen Education Fund, 226 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-3220).


Pennsylvania PTA Legislative Workshop

Issues affecting Children
March, 2002
Harrisburg, Pa.

The event includes workshop speakers and advocacy training for issues that affect children and youth.

Just Politics: Briefing 2002

32nd Annual National Public Policy Briefing, Washington, D.C.
April 2002.

Annual briefing sponsored by Interfaith Impact, National Council of Churches, and Graymoor Ecumenical and Inter-religious Institute.
For further information see www.voicesforjustice.org, or E-mail: briefing@voicesforjustice.org , Phone: 202 543-2800, Fax: 202 547-8107.

MCC Washington Office 2002 Seminar

Welfare Reform: Good News for the Poor?

Washington, D.C. April 14-16, 2002 (Sun.-Tues.)

For more information see the complete program or contact MCC U.S., Washington Office, 110 Maryland Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002. (202) 544-6564. E-mail: mccwash@mcc.org

Lehigh County Conference of Churches

"Good News for the Poor"
A Discussion on Poverty Between Communities of
Faith and Local Government Leaders

April 25, 2002, Thursday
7:00-9:00 pm
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
38 South 8th Street
Allentown, Pa.

For detailed information see the full announcement.


Pennsylvania IMPACT a Program of the PA Council of Churches presents:

Pennsylvania Governmental Briefing

Poverty and Its Eradication

Tuesday, May 7, 2002
Lakeside Lutheran Church, Harrisburg

Keynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Robert W. Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches.

The 2002 session will look at poverty. Why do we have it, what are its effects on the poor, what might it take to eradicate it, and what are its spiritual effects on those who have plenty?

Workshops will include:

A second similar briefing will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Monroeville. For additional information, contact the Pennsylvania Council of Churches / IMPACT, 900 S. Arlington Ave., Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17109-5089. (717) 545-4761, joy.k@pachurches.org. www.pachurches.org.

Prison Ministry Conference

November 2, 2002
Valley Forge, Pa.

See complete announcement for details or contact Rev. John Kirk: jkirk@gbgm-umc.org.

[NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED]


Journey to Jerusalem: Walking the Path of Non-Violence

December 6-8, 2003 (Friday 8am to Sunday noon).
Akron, PA

A theological dialogue on non-violence, learning what it means to live non-violently and providing options and skills on speaking truth to power. James Lawson, whom Martin Luther King called " the greatest teacher on non-violence in America", will speak. For more information, call 717-859-3889 or see www.mcc.org/journeytojerusalem. Sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee, U.S. Peace and Justice ministries.


43rd Annual Peace Pilgrimage

December 14, 2002 (Saturday)

This is an annual pilgrimage from Nazareth to Bethlehem, Pa. A 10-mile walk, with several stops along the way; concluding with a simple meal. Buses carry participants from Bethlehem to Nazareth, departing about 11:00 a.m. (There have been about 150 participants--children and adult--in recent years representing various faith traditions.)

Sponsored by Bethlehem Council of Churches. For additional information see the Peace Pilgrimage home page.



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