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Peace Gatherings and Events -- 2003

SHALOM Conference, Lancaster, Pa. January 17-18, 2003. An ecumenical peace conference which meets in January of odd-numbered years. (Friday 7 pm and Saturday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.) Church of the Brethern, 1601 Sunset Avenue. Registration cost: $20. 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. For more information, see "Events" listing at or call 717-859-1958.

Workshops included:

  • 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
  • An Honest Middle East Update
  • Responding to Terrorism

This year's Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake was held February 7-9, 2003; it is jointly sponsored by Eastern District and Franconia Conferences. The adult program, on "Getting in the Way: the Role of Christian Peacemaker Teams" was led by Kathleen Kern. The youth program "How can I be involved in this broken world?" was led by Chris Kahila, Administrator for the Mennonite Service Adventure program. As usual there were also be children's programs and time for great winter recreation. For further information contact Bob Walden (contact information below), or see the complete announcement.
The next Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake will be held [February 6-8, 2004].
Past Peace Retreats: [2002][2001][2000].
Mennonite Peace & Justice Fall Gathering, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton, PA. (215-723-3592). There will be resource displays, information about new peace resources, and time to share with each other about our local peacemaking activities. The seminar will start with registration and coffee at 8:30 AM and will wrap up by noon. Advance registration is requested, but there is no registration fee. (Contact PJC for further information)
Working for Peace and Justice, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at Lehigh Valley Unitarian Church, 424 Center St., Bethlhem, PA. (610-866-7652). 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Sponsored by Lehigh Valley Peace Coalition. Keynote speaker and many workshops. Contact LEPOCO Peace Center for further info. 610-691-8730.

Workshop topics (subject to change):

  • The Patriot Act
  • Election Activism - campaign issues, voter registration, ...
  • 9-11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
  • Religious Tolerance
  • Environmental Work for Peace
  • Peaceful Parenting
  • U.S. Militarism: Living in a Warrior Nation
  • Economic Impact of War
  • Youth and Militarism / No Child Left Behind
  • What's Left After War -- in Iraq and Afghanistan

Climate Change Training Event for the Faith Community
Nov. 2, 2003 (Sunday)
, 3-8 pm , St. Paul's Church 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia 19118. No registration charge; a light supper will be served. For reservations or more information, contact Joy Bergey, 215-836-5978.
From Globalization to Global Community: Making Peace and Doing Justice in a Smaller World
Thurs.-Sun., November 6-9, 2003
, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Many workshops and seminars; major plenary speakers include
  • Mark Lewis Taylor
  • Njoki Njoroge Njehu
  • Tony Campolo
  • Ada María Isasi-Díaz
  • Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr.
Seminars on Globalization and other Current Social Justice Issues;
Workshops on Legislative Process and Effective Public Policy Advocacy;
Community Building, Networking, and Models for Social Justice Ministries;
Spiritual Renewal and Biblical Reflection
(For details, see
The 44th Annual Christmas Peace Pilgrimage (Nazareth to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) will be Saturday, December 13, 2003. 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. Guest speaker will be Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches and former Pennsylvania Congressman. [Note: Bob Edgar was not able to attend, and John Stoner of "Every Church A Peace Church" made a short presentation in his place.
. For more information, call Fran Dreisbach 610-258-7313, or see

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Last Updated: 8/8/04
Created: August 8, 2004