Legislative and Social Justice Workshops and Training Events 2003
(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].

Shalom Conference 2003

January 17-18, 2003 (Friday evening, Saturday)
Lancaster, PA

Keynote Speakers: Jerry and Sis Levin of Birmingham, Alabama. The Levins are currently working for peace in Israel and Palestine under the auspices of Christian Peacemaker Teams and Every Church A Peace Church. They will speak on "The Dysfunctional Family of Abraham--The Struggle of Jews, Christians and Muslims" and on the transforming power of systemic and comprehensive peace education for children.

Workshops will include:

Friday, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. An biennial ecumenical gathering with workshops on many topics related to the conference theme. It will be held at Church of the Brethern, 1601 Sunset Ave, Lancaster. See the complete program information at www.ecapc.org for details, or Call 717-859-1958 for information.

Getting in the Way: the Role of Christian Peacemaker Teams

February 7-9, 2003 (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 Franconia Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church USA.

Adult Program: Getting in the Way: the Role of Christian Peacemaker Teams
with Kathleen Kern

Learn how to do justice by exploring unarmed models for peacemaking, analyzing the inherent integration of spirituality and social justice action, and looking at disciplined and organized team initiatives on nonviolence.

Kathleen Kern has worked with CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) since 1993, serving on assignments in Haiti, Hebron, Chiapas, South Dakota and Colombia. She is a frequent contributor to the Builder and has authored two books: When it Hurts to Live and We are the Pharisees. Kern will return from a three month stint in the West Bank in January 2003.

Youth Program: How can I be involved in this broken world?
with Chris Kahila

Childrens Programs (led by volunteers)

There will be separate programs during the three adult sessions for children of all ages and baby-sitting for preschoolers. Childrens age groups are nursery, 5-8, and 9-12. (Additional volunteers are needed; teaching materials will be provided.)

Heidi Beth Wert and Willow Wert will lead the older children in exploring principles of peace through rhythm and sharing of world cultural drum stories, as well as preparing liturgical drumming for worship. Heidi is co-director of " Drumming for Peace."


Spruce Lake Retreat Center, RR#1, Box 605, Canadensis, PA 18325. (570) 595-7505. www.sprucelake.org
Spruce Lake Retreat is located 2.5 miles north of Canadensis on PA Rt. 447, in the Pocono Mountains.

See Winter Retreat '03 for detailed information and registration form.

LWV Workshop [TBA]

Harrisburg, PA
March 2003

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, 2003
Harrisburg, Pa.

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

"Gospel Demands/Public Witness" Legislative Briefing

March 2 - March 5, 2003
Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle (14th & Massachusetts Avenues)
Washington, DC 20005
Registration Fee  $100 before December 15, 2002 
                  $150 after December 15, 2002 
Full registration form and program is available on GBCS website www.umc-gbcs.org.

International Development Assistance

Bread for the World
Offering of Letters Workshop

Workshop presented by Bread for the World national staff

Allentown: March 22, 2003
Saturday, 10:00am - 2:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
3231 Tilghman St.
Allentown, PA
* Lunch included, reservation requested
* Free registration - donations accepted for lunch
Contact: Janet Ney, (610) 437-2239
Email: jlucyny@enter.net

Philadelphia: March 23, 2003
Sunday, 2:00 to 5:30 pm
Arch Street United Methodist Church
55 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA.
Contact: Sue Toton, (610) 647-2744,
Email: suzanne.toton@villanova.edu

For more information about the program, contact Larry Hollar: lhollar@bread.org, or see www.bread.org.

MCC Washington Office 2003 Seminar

The Earth is the Lord's: Public Policy that Honors Creation

Washington, D.C. April 6-8, 2003 (Sun.-Tues.)

For more information see the complete program (when available) 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

Spring 2003

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

Pennsylvania Governmental Briefing


Tuesday, May 6, 2002

Keynote speaker: [TBA]

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.

Peace Making and Justice Doing in the Shadow of Globalization

Nov. 6-8, 2003 (Thursday - Saturday)
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Regional gathering with plenary and workshop sessions on a variety of social-justice issues and training for local action See complete announcement for details.

44th Annual Peace Pilgrimage

December 13, 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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Last Updated: January 15, 2003
Created: November 30, 2002