Peace Gatherings and Events -- 2002
Teenage youth, their parents, and others who work with youth attended a workshop on Faith, Youth, and the Military, 9 am -- 1 pm on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002 at First Mennonite Church, Allentown.
Titus Peachey (MCC Director of Peace Education) led this interactive, practical workshop for youth and adults on the meaning of Christ's peace in a time of war. Role plays, small group discussion, and question/answer times created an engaging learning environment for everyone. Titus responded to questions about conscientious objection to war, Selective Service guidelines, a potential draft, military recruitment and peace education.
Titus Peachey is a counselor on the GI Rights Hotline; from 1970 to 1973 he lived and worked in Vietnam as a conscientious objector to war.
The 43nd Annual Christmas Peace Pilgrimage (Nazareth to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) was held Saturday, December 14. 2002. Participants meet in Bethlehem at 11am, and buses transport pilgrims to Nazareth Moravian Church on Center Square where the Pilgrimage begins. Pilgrims may join at any point along the way. The pilgrimage concludes at Christ United Church of Christ in Bethlehem, around 5:30 for a light meal and rally. Liz MacAllister, a founding member of Jonah House, a Christian peacemaking community in Baltimore, Maryland, will speak at the closing program. A poet and author, Liz is an active peacemaker, participating in non-violent civic disobedience, and knows the inside of prison cells. For more information, call Fran Dreisbach 610-258-7313, or see www.peacewalk.org.