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Peace Gatherings and Events -- 2005

2005 Seminar Series:
the United Methodist Social Principles
Saturdays, 9:00-10:45AM
Beginning in January 2005, United Methodist Church and Society (Eastern Pa. Conf.) is sponsoring a series of six bi-monthly forums surrounding The Social Principles. Continental breakfast and registration begin at 9:00 AM; the seminar will be 9:30-10:45 (registration is free). For most of these forums there will also be displays and resource materials available. See the program announcement for details.

  • Jan. 29, 2005 (Downingtown, PA) "Recycling Computer Products" with Joy Bergey
  • Mar. 19, 2005 (Havertown, PA) "Fair Trade Products" with Ten Thousand Villages
  • May 7, 2005 (West Chester, PA) "Community Supported Agriculture" with Karen Vollmecke
  • July 16, 2005 (Philadelphia, PA) "Single Payer National Health Care" with Marilyn Clement
  • Sept. 24, 2005 (Lebanon, PA) "Pennsylvania Public Policy Issues" with Penny Staver

    Feb. 11-13, 2005 (Fri. evening--Sunday noon). Spruce Lake Winter Peace Retreat
  • Adult theme: providing support for peacemaking in our congregations and communities (Susan Mark Landis, Peace Advocate, MCUSA)
  • Youth theme: faith, youth, and militarism (Titus Peachey, Director of Peace Education, MCC) For additional information, see the announcement.
    February 11-12, 2005 (Fri. evening, Saturday) Shalom Conference, Lancaster, PA.
  • TOLERANCE: "Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future"
    Keynote speaker is Dorothy Cotton. For further information, see complete program, or contact John K. Stoner, (717) 859-1958.
    March 5 2005 (Saturday) Damascus Road Training (9:00 am - 12:00n)
    When Love Isn't Enough: Developing a Solid Foundation for Becoming a Multi-Cultural Congregation with Yvonne Platts and Sharon Williams at First Mennonite Church, Allentown. This anti-racism awareness workshop introduces important groundwork for white congregations that want to move towards becoming appropriately multi-cultural in ministry, mission and membership. The training includes Bible study and exploration of issues of race and white privilege, based on a definition of racism that is understood worldwide. Open to high school age and up.
    No charge for registration, but donations are welcome. For info. and registration see or contact Mary Lou Simmons (First Mennonite Church), 610-782-0523.
    March 11-14, 2005 (Fri.-Mon.) Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington, DC area. "Make all things new" with workshops on U.S. domestic issues, eco-justice, Latin America, Jubilee economics, Africa and the Middle East. There will be time for all the Anabaptist participants to meet together over lunch on Saturday and on Saturday evening.

    The event will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Alexandria, VA -- just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Registration fee is $135, which includes some meals. Lodging at the Double Tree is an additional $92 per night -- but this cost can be reduced by sharing your room with several others. Begins Friday evening, and includes Congressional office visits on Monday. See for further information.

    March 12, 2005 (Saturday) A Blueprint to End Hunger (Allentown, PA)
    Annual Bread for the World workshop -- in partnership with local anti-hunger organizations, will focus on a wholistic agenda to end hunger in the U.S. -- which includes roles for Federal, State, and Local Government, Schools and Community Organizations, Labor and Industry, and Individuals.
    Location: First Presbyterian Church, Allentown. 9:30am-3:00pm. Sponsored by Bread for the World, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Lehigh County Conference of Churches (Justice and Advocacy Comm.) Keynote speaker is Berry Friesen, executive director of the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center. For futher information, contact Jessica R. Dreistadt, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, (610)434-0875 ext. 17, Email:, or Larry Hollar:

    March 13, 2005 (Sunday) A Blueprint to End Hunger (Philadelphia) 2:00 pm--5:00 pm; registration begins at 1:45 pm
    Old First Reformed Church, 151 North Fourth St. (at Race), Philadelphia.
    For information or to register, contact Rosemary Polo by phone at (215) 922-4566, or by email at, or Larry Hollar:
    Sponsored by Bread for the World, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, Pennsylvania Council of Churches, and Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center. Julie Brewer and Sydelle Zove are the main presenters.

    March 19, 2005 (Saturday) Global Day of Action
    Second anniversary of the start of the war on Iraq. Peace vigils at many locations. In Lehigh Valley, vigils 12:30-1:30pm; indoor rally 2:00-4:00pm at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2540 Center Street, Bethlehem (contact LEPOCO Peace Center, 610-691-8730,, or check this web page in March for more details).
    Or check here for information and resources for the world-wide observance.
    April 6-9, 2005 (Wed. - Sat.) MCC Training Institute "Creating Safe Space for Dialogue"
    MCC Welcoming Place, Akron, PA. The Institute will include interpersonal conflict exploration, skill-building exercises such as active listening and centered speaking, and consideration of the differences between dialogue and debate. We will spend time exploring "difficult issues" as identified by participants as a way to model what safe dialogues look like. A curriculum will be provided to assist you in creating a "safe space for dialogue" within your own community. For more information see or contact Jen Linder at or 888-563-4676.
    April 9, 2005 (Saturday) Peace Conference (Bethelehem, PA)
    9:00AM-6:00PM (Suggested donation: $5. Also, lunch is available for $5, or bring your own.)
    Keynote speakers:Paul Leob and Fr. John Dear. There will also be resource displays and workshops, and activities for children as well as adults.
    Location: Unitarian Church, 424 Center St., Bethlehem, PA; phone: 610-866-7652. For further information, see or contact Colleen Bateman, .
    April 29-May 1, 2005 (Fri.-Sun.) Creating and Sustaining Communities of Peace
    [Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-6 at Doylestown United Methodist Church, Doylestown, PA]
    [Cancelled because of insufficient registration] Three day intensive peacemaker training program developed by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. During the 20-hour weekend experience (Fri.-Sun.) participants will explore: the experience and dynamics of violence; the experience and dynamics of active and creative nonviolence; past and present nonviolent social change movements; and practical planning for action--personal and political--in daily life. Participants (min. 20 and max. 30) will have the opportunity to create community with local activists and to emerge as grassroots leaders in the community who can potentially organize other individuals to plan for a social action. Individuals and groups who want to increase their spirituality and practice of active nonviolence as a way of life and who are committed to transforming our culture of violence will find FOR nonviolence training inspiring and practical!

    For further information, contact the Bucks County Peace Center at Langhorn, PA:
    Christa Tinari,, home phone: 609-397-7290; or at The Peace Center: 215-750-7220 ext. 14, or see the full announcement.

    May 20-22, 2005 (Fri.-Sun.) Transforming Violence into Wholeness
    At Fairfield Mennonite Church, 201 West Main St., Fairfield PA 17320. Sponsors include Every Church a Church Peace Church, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Fairfield Mennonite Church.
    "Transforming Violence into Wholeness" is a 5 module training program that explores the spirituality and practice of active nonviolence. It is built on teachings of Jesus Christ, examines principles of nonviolence, and studies the dynamics of social movements developed by leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. The training is expansive, incorporating multi-cultural and religious understanding and examples from the work of Gandhi and other leaders of nonviolence around the world. Using an interactive, popular education approach to learning, the training involves participants and elicits information from them through a variety of media, and utilizing different learning styles. In this retreat participants will deepen their understanding of nonviolence and learn how to use active nonviolence. It will ground participants in the creative, liberating and democratic power of active nonviolence that can transform individuals, relationships, systems, and culture.

    Retreat Schedule: Friday, May 20, 6 pm--9:30 pm; Saturday, May 21, 8:30 am- 8pm; Sunday, May 22, 9 am-6pm For further information, contact Liz Chronister, 717-432-1560 or email:, 570 Pondtown Rd, Dillsburg, PA 17019. Registration deadline is April 30.

    July 3, 2005 Christian Citizenship Sunday
    "Christian Citizenship Sunday" worship resources are in
    LEADER magazine, with supplementary resources on the web. The on-line supplements include drama and sermon ideas for three Sundays, as well as graphics related to the theme: "God's Time, God's Wisdom, God's Peace."
    July 16, 2005 (Saturday) Philadelphia, PA -- 10:00 am
    Single Payer National Health Care Marilyn Clement, national coordinator for the Campaign for a National Health Program NOW, will lead this session at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 750-762 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia. See full announcement details.
    Sept. 8-11, 2005 (Thurs.-Sunday) Indianapolis, Indiana
    Historic Peace Church Conference: "Seeking Peace: The Courage to be Nonviolent" A gathering hosted by the historic peace churches, held in partnership with the Plowshares Peace Studies Collaborative. A multi-faceted and intergenerational gathering, the conference will provide opportunities to build mentoring relationships and explore practical and intellectual approaches to peace and peacemaking for members and friends of the Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Church USA and The Society of Friends. The conference will include workshops, worship and music and space for sharing stories.
    Invited speakers include Peggy Gish, Ann Riggs, Lisa Schirch and Damu Smith.
    For further information, see or call (574) 535-7728, or e-mail The conference will take place in the Marriott Center, at the junction of I-70 and I-465 in Indianapolis.
    September 24, 2005 (Saturday) Bucks County Peace Fair
    Buckingham Friends School and Meetinghouse, Rt 263 & 202 in Lahaska, 11am - 4pm. Free admission.

    The Peace Fair will offer many events embracing a theme of peace, equality, and the environment, including exhibits by The Peace Center, Habitat for Humanity, A Woman’s Place, the Audubon Society, and other nonprofit organizations. This is a great opportunity to have fun while networking with other peace organizations.

    Throughout the day there will be a wide range of live music and family entertainment including juggling workshops and non-competitive games. At the craft table, children will be invited to learn origami and build birdhouses for Habitat for Humanity. Adults can enjoy a free massage.

    For More Information: 215-766-7887, or, or check out the website at

    October 6-8, 2005 (Thurs. pm - Sat.) Anti-Racism Analysis Training (Damascus Road). Lancaster, PA. CANCELLED (see info. about training Feb. 24-26, 2006), or contact or Sharon Williams, 610-277-1729,
    October 14-16, 2005 (Fri.-Sun.) FOR Nonviolence Training. 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday 9am - 9pm, Sunday 11am - 7pm. Hospitality available. (See description above for May 20-22 event). Primary audience is St. Vincent's Roman Catholic Parish. The content undoutedly will include conversations on the Philadelphia Grand Jury's recent report on pedophelia -- as well as the 'traditional' peace issues. Anyone else is welcome -- it will be a 'basic' FOR CCP training in all other respects. Location: Germantown section of Philadelphia (organizers are waiting to see how many register before publicizing the location, but most likely a retreat center in Germantown).
    For further information, contact Liz Walz,, 215-849-3938.
    October 22, 2005 (Saturday) Making Peace with the Earth
    Peace and Justice training event: 9:00am - 1:00pm at Plains Mennonite Church, Landsdale, PA. Will include parallel workshops on several justice issues and leadership resources for local church peace and justice work. (Sponsored by EDC/FMC Peace and Justice Committee -- see announcement for details).
    October 22, 2005 (Saturday) Global Warming 2005: An Activist's Primer
    Paoli, PA, 10:00 am -- 3:00 pm. Co-sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Climate Change Campaign and League of Women Voters. Includes update on federal and state legislation and global warming science; Invited speakers include: U. S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz; Pennsylvania State Rep. Greg Vitali; John Quigley, Pa. Dept. of Conservation of Natural Resources; Dr. Robert Musil, Physicians for Social Responsibility; and Dr. Daniel Lashof, Natural Resources Defense Council. There will also be time for discussion and networking. Registration is free with lunch included. Location is Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 South Valley Road, Paoli, PA 19301-1933. RSVP to PennFuture at 717-214-7920 or 800-321-7775. See complete announcement for details: Follow links to the calendar (Oct. 22) on the PennFuture web page

    October 24-28, 2005 (Mon.-Fri.) Restorative Justice: Imagining the Possibilities
    Philadelphia, Pa. (Holiday Inn). Sponsored by the Victim Offender Mediation Association. For more information, contact Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, 717-859-1151,
    November 16, 2005, (8:00-10:30am) Souderton. PA Pastors' Breakfast Seminar
    on "leading your congregation toward embracing Christ's peace."
    [Details to be announced later. Contact Judy Kooker, 215-723-5513, for more information.]
    December 10, 2005 (Saturday: Nazareth to Bethlehem, PA)
    46th Annual Christmas Peace Pilgrimage This annual pilgrimage recalls the journey of Mary and Joseph. 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.
    This year's speaker is Sr. Patricia Keefe, Outreach Coordinator for the Nonviolent Peaceforce, USA, who will speak on "Nonviolence as a Life Commitment." For more information, see

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