Legislative and Social Justice Workshops and Training Events 2003
[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].
(Eastern Pennsylvania and vicinty)
- Shalom Conference [Lancaster, PA: Jan. 17-18, 2003]
- Peace Retreat [Canadensis, PA: Feb. 7-9, 2003]
- Pennsylvania PTA Legislative Workshop [Harrisburg: March, 2003]
- Public Policy Briefing [Washington, D.C. March 2-5 2003]
- International Development Assistance BFW Public Policy workshop
[Allentown, PA: Mar. 22, 2003; Philadelphia: Mar. 23, 2003]
- The Earth is the Lord's: Public Policy that Honors Creation
[MCC: Washington, DC: Apr.6-8, 2003]
- Poverty [Allentown: Spring, 2002]
- Pennsylvania IMPACT Legislative Briefing
[Harrisburg: May 6, 2003]
- "Peace Making and Justice Doing
in the Shadow of Globalization" [Wilkes-Barre, PA: Nov. 6-8, 2003]
- 44th Ann. Peace Pilgrimage [from Nazareth to Bethlehem, PA: Dec. 13, 2003]
Shalom Conference 2003
January 17-18, 2003 (Friday evening, Saturday)
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:
- Jewish/Muslim/Christian Panel on reconciliation
- Peace education in public schools
- Every Church A Peace Church
- Implementing Salaam, Shalom Peace--active peacemaking by Witness for Peace, CPT, et al.
- Summertime VBS Alternative Peace School
- TIKKUN--Jewish Peace and Justice organization
- Responding to Terrorism.
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)
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.
Canadensis, PA (in the Poconos)
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.
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
LWV Workshop [TBA]
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
The event includes workshop speakers and advocacy training for issues that affect children and
"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
International Development Assistance
Bread for the World
Workshop presented by Bread for the World national staff
Offering of Letters Workshop
Allentown: March 22, 2003
Saturday, 10:00am - 2:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
3231 Tilghman St.
* Lunch included, reservation requested
* Free registration - donations accepted for lunch
Contact: Janet Ney, (610) 437-2239
Philadelphia: March 23, 2003
Sunday, 2:00 to 5:30 pm
Arch Street United Methodist Church
55 North Broad Street
Contact: Sue Toton, (610) 647-2744,
For more information about the program, contact Larry Hollar: email@example.com, or see
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lehigh County Conference of Churches
"Good News for the Poor"
A Discussion on Poverty Between Communities of
Faith and Local Government Leaders
Pennsylvania IMPACT a Program of the PA Council of
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, email@example.com.
Peace Making and Justice Doing in the Shadow of Globalization
Nov. 6-8, 2003 (Thursday - Saturday)
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.
Contact webmaster: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: January 15, 2003
Created: November 30, 2002