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Peace Gatherings and Events -- 2006

Feb. 10-12, 2006 (Fri.-Sun.) Spruce Lake Winter Peace Retreat.
Retreat theme: Peacemaking in Latin America. (Will include retreat leaders who have lived and worked in Latin America.)
Adult program: Creating Hope in the Crossfire: Colombian Churches and Their Witness to the Mennonites of North America with Walter Ceballos, a Mennonite Church leader in Armenia, Colombia, and Janna Hunter-Bowman, Witness for Peace.
Youth program: "Peace Matters", with Julie Prey-Harbaugh and Doug Burkholder.

The retreat is sponsored and hosted by the PJC; see complete announcement for details.

February 24-26, 2006 (Fri. pm - Sun.) Anti-Racism Analysis Training (Damascus Road). Diamond Street Community Center, Philadelphia. This training event is sponsored by Franconia Mennonite Conference and Kingdom Builders. For more information, contact or Sharon Williams, 610-277-1729,

February 24-26, 2006 (Fri. pm - Sun.) Sustainable Farming Conference
"Farming with Values that Last: Models for the Journey" is a gathering to inspire and equip those who grow food sustainably and those who want to support them by buying local, fresh and wholesome food.
At Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mount Pleasant, PA.
March 5-7, 2006 (Sun. evening-Tues. afternoon) MCC Washington Office: Spring Seminar, Washington, DC. "Voices Around the Table: Faith, Food and U.S. Farm Policy." For program details and flyer, see MCC U.S., Washington Office, or contact MCC, 920 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. 202-544-6564. E-mail:

March 10-13, 2006 (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 $140, which includes some meals. Lodging at the Double Tree is an additional $99 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 17-19, 2006 (Fri.-Sun.) Langhorne, PA
Creating and Sustaining Communities of Peace
An inspiring, hopeful, and practical mini-retreat. Through discussion, reflection, experiential activities, facilitated dialogue, and presentations, we will explore:
  • Sources of Violence
  • The Transforming Power of Nonviolence
  • Successful Nonviolent Social Movements
  • Community-Building and Organizing
  • Planning for Personal, Social, Spiritual, Political Action
This retreat, which coincides with the 3-year commemoration of the war in Iraq, will be guided by experienced peacemakers Liz Walz and Marc Peimer. Cost: $110 per person, includes lunches and refreshments. Discounts for youth and family members attending together. Sponsored by the Langhorne Peace Center, 102 West Maple Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047 and Fellowship of Reconciliation. For further info. or to register, contact Christa Tinari, 215-750-7220, ext. 14,
March 18, 2006 (Sat.) Bethlehem, PA Noam Chomsky speaking at LEPOCO annual meeting, Wesley United Methodist Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem, PA. Reservations required for dinner or/and program. Noam Chomsky (MIT) is a linguist, educator, lecturer, and prolific writer and lecturer. Recent publications include "9/11" and "Manufacturing Consent" (with Edward Herman). Contact LEPOCO for details: 610-691-8730, e-mail:
March 19, 2006 (Sun.) Peace Vigils -- many locations
(3rd anniversary of start of Iraq war.) Lehigh Valley locations: 3-4pm. Contact LEPOCO for details: 610-691-8730, e-mail:
March 25, 2006 (Saturday), from 10 AM to 3 PM in Coraopolis (Pittsburgh suburb)
Global Warming 2006: An Activist's Primer
Free conference--including lunch, sponsored by PennFuture. For details and pre-registration info, see complete web announcement.
March 25, 2006 (Saturday) One Spirit. One Will. Zero Poverty (Allentown, PA)
Annual Bread for the World workshop -- in partnership with local anti-hunger organizations. The program will include presentations on both international and local hunger issues -- which including 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.) For futher information, contact Dianne Kareha:, or Larry Hollar:

March 26, 2006 (Sunday) One Spirit. One Will. Zero Poverty Wayne, PA 2:00 pm--5:00 pm; registration begins at 1:45 pm at Wayne Presbyterian Church, 125 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, Pa 19087. Light refreshments will be provided; there is no charge for the workshop.
For information contact George Aman at (610) 275-0700,; or Larry Hollar at 1-800-619-9239,
Sponsored by Bread for the World, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, Pennsylvania Council of Churches, and Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center.

April 15, 2006 (Saturday), from 9 AM to 1 PM in Devon (Philadelphia suburb)
Practical Advice---Real Solutions: An Energy Cost Reduction Workshop
A workshop especially for church financial managers and building/property committee members. Registration is $15, including lunch. For details and pre-registration info, see complete web announcement.
July 2, 2006 (Sunday) Christian Citizenship Sunday.
MCUSA has discontinued official support for Chrisitian Citizenship Sunday; however, see worship resources available at or
July 8 and 15, 2006 (Saturdays) 8:30-10:30 pm
Summer film festival (peace and justice theme). Also, a peace exhibit "Heroes of Peace & Justice" is on display until October 15 at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Rd. Harleysville, PA 19438 2 15-256-3030
July 11-October 10, 2006. Vegetable Basket project. (see announcement on PJC home page.)
July 22, 2006 (Saturday, 7:00pm) Lancaster, PA
July 23, 2006 (Sunday, 7:00pm) West Philadelphia
David Stutzman and Michael Sharp, counselors for the Military Counseling Network in Germany, will speak at the Lancaster Theological Seminary Refectory, Saturday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. and David Stutzman will speak at West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship on Sunday, July 23 at 7:00pm.

The Military Counseling Network in Germany assists U.S. soldiers with questions related to military regulations and discharge procedures, including conscientious objection to war. David and Michael will describe their work and the experiences of the soldiers they meet, many of whom are deploying to or returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Contact: Titus Peachey ( 717 859-1151) for more info. about the Lancaster presentation, or contact Anne Yoder at, or the church office at 215-729-2050 for more info. about the West Philadelphia presentation

July 26, 2006 (Wednesday, 12:00n-1:30pm) Frederick, PA.
The bi-monthly EDC pastors' and chaplains' luncheon at Frederick Mennonite Community. Rebeca Yoder, a MCC staff member with specialized ministry for immigration issues, will guide a presentation and question/answer session around a theme "Immigration Issues in the U.S.: Challenges and Opportunities for Ministry." RSVP to Brad Mellon, lead chaplain at Frederick, by Friday, July 21, ph. (610) 754-7878, e-mail: A suggested donation of $5-6 will be asked of participants to cover cost of the meal.
July 30, 2006 (Sunday, 6pm). Franconia, PA. Stewardship of the Earth.
"Earthkeeping Ministries: What Can the Church Do?" Light supper at 6pm, followed by presentation and discussion with Dr. Job Ebenezer of Messiah College. Location: Franconia Mennonite Church (in the Upper Fellowship Hall), 613 Harleysville Pike, Telford, PA 215-723-3220 Sunday morning worship on July 30 will also focus on Stewardship of the Earth.
September 9-10, 2006 (Saturday-Sunday)Salford, PA "Be Not Afraid" weekend at Salford Mennonite Church. Free activities, workshops, and food for all ages. See preliminary announcement in our June newsletter (page 5), or contact Salford MC, 215-256-0778; or check here for more details in late July.
September 21-23, 2006 (Thurs. pm - Sat.) Anti-Racism Analysis Training (Damascus Road). Lancaster, PA. See or Email: or contact Christina Kraybill, (717) 699-2317.
September 22-23, 2006 (Fri.-Sat.) Kempton, PA
Pennsylvania Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Festival A comprehensive regional festival and conference on sustainability and green living at the Kempton Community Center, Community Drive, Kempton, Berks County, Pa. See for complete program.
October 11, 2006 (Wed. 7:30-9:00 pm) Bryn Mawr, PA
Global Warming: An Issue of Justice. An evening of provocative discussion about global warming and the role of people of faith, presented by Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) and Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. with the Reverend Jim Wallis, Author, "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It."
A panel will speak about what individuals, organizations and government can do to make a difference here in Pennsylvania. These faith, environmental, and government leaders will include:
  • John Hanger, PennFuture, moderator
  • The Hon. Kathleen McGinty, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Rabbi James Egolf, Beth David Reform Congregation
  • Joy Bergey, Pennsylvania Interfaith Climate Change Campaign
Location is Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (suburban Philadelphia). The event is free, but pre-registration is required, and space is limited. To register, call PennFuture 1-800-321-7775, or register on-line at
October 21, 2006 (Saturday) Skippack, PA.
Peace and Justice fall gathering: 9:00am - 1:00pm at Wellspring Church of Skippack.
Keynote: Dr. Gordon Brubacher, speaking on Biblical roots of Peacemaking.
Also: leadership resources for local church peace and justice work. (Sponsored by EDC/FMC Peace and Justice Committee -- see announcement for details).
October 26-28, 2006 (Thurs.-Sat.) Albany, Oregon
Pacific Northwest Regional Peace and Justice Gathering
For more information contact Leo Hartshorn, Minister of Peace and Justice, Mennonite Mission Network, 717-399-8353, or see
November 5, 2006 Peace Sunday. Worship resources for Peace Sunday are posted on the mennolink peace page
November 11, 2006 (Saturday: 8:15am-5pm) Baltimore, MD
Peacemaking at Home, School & Community at Friends School of Baltimore. A one-day conference for educators, parents and concerned citizens sponsored by local Quaker groups. Participants will explore the possibility of peace in our homes, schools and the world, choosing from 30 workshops and presentations. Keynote speakers: Colman McCarthy, Director of the Center for Teaching Peace; and David J. Smith, Senior Program Officer of the United States Institute of Peace. $50 per person / $60 after November 1. $15 per student For details and updated information, please see
December 9, 2006 (Saturday: Nazareth to Bethlehem, PA)
47th 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.
For more information, see

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