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Peace Gatherings and Events -- 2007

Feb. 9-11, 2007 (Fri.-Sun.) Spruce Lake Winter Peace Retreat.
Retreat theme:"Jesus and the Road to Peace: A Spirituality of Gospel Nonviolence"
Adult program: with Fr. John Dear, based on the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes.
Youth program: "The Path is Made by Walking: Discipleship and Skills for Peacemaking", with Grant Rissler of MCC-East Coast.

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

February 23-25, 2007 (Fri. pm - Sun.) Sustainable Farming Conference
"Farming with Values that Last: Standing on Common Ground" 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.
Keynote presentation by Frederick Kirschenmann and sixteen workshops. For details, see flyer [PDF], or announcement [HTML]. Location: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mount Pleasant, PA
March 1-2, 2007 (Thurs. morning-Fri. afternoon) MCC Washington Office: Spring Seminar, Washington, DC.
Event CANCELLED due to low registration
"Living with Hope" with John Paul Lederach and Angie Lederach. For program details and flyer (when available), see MCC U.S., Washington Office, or contact MCC, 920 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. 202-544-6564. E-mail:

March 9-12, 2007 (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 $150, which includes some meals. Lodging at the Double Tree is an additional $105 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 16, 2007 (Friday evening) Washington, D.C.
"Christian Peace Witness for Iraq" 7:00 pm Worship at the National Cathedral and Candlelight Procession to the White House. Late night prayer vigil and witness for peace in Iraq at the White House. Some participating faith groups will also have Washington, DC gatherings on Saturday, March 17. For details, see or

Plains Mennonite Church (near Lansdale exit, I-476) has chartered a 54-passenger bus to travel to Washington, D.C., on Friday morning and returning after midnight. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Cost for the bus is $30 per person, due when you register. For bus reservations or questions Contact Dawn Ranck at 215/362-7640 or email

March 24, 2007 (Saturday) Philadelphia
"Responding with Faith to Immigration: How we got to where we are today and what we should do tomorrow." with Bill Mefford, United Methodist Washington Office, and other guest speakers. Location: Arch Street United Methodist Church. For details, contact Robert Coombe,, 215-321-8183.
March 24, 2007 (Saturday) "2007 Farm Bill" (Allentown, PA) Annual Bread for the World workshop -- in partnership with local anti-hunger organizations. The program will include presentations and workshops about Farm Bill programs and proposed changes that would support U.S. farmers, strengthen communities in rural America, provide an adequate, nutritious diet for hungry people in this country, and support the efforts of small farmers in developing countries to get their products to market and feed their families.
Location: First Presbyterian Church, Allentown. 9:30am-3:00pm. Sponsored by Bread for the World and Lehigh County Conference of Churches (Justice and Advocacy Comm.). For further information see complete announcement or contact LCCC office at 610-433-6421 or Larry Hollar:
March 25, 2007 (Sunday) "2007 Farm Bill" (Philadelphia area) 2-5pm; Old St. Joseph's Church, 321 Willings Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Annual Bread for the World workshop. (See description of March 24th workshop in Allentown). For more information contact Larry Hollar at 1-800-619-9239, Sponsored by Bread for the World.
March 25, 2007 (Sun. 2-5pm) Telford, PA
"Why Object: Military Enlistment, Conscientious Objection, and Voluntary Service"
with Titus Peachey.
If war is wrong...what do we do about all the violence and evil in the world? Don’t we have some responsibility to protect the innocent? Can we just stand by and do nothing while violence happens? What are our options? Join us for an afternoon of worship, discussion, and pizza focused on issues of military recruitment, conscientious objection and voluntary service. Youth, parents, youth leaders, and young adults are welcome.

RSVP by March 21, 2007 Jessica Walter at by March 21.
(Other contacts for more information: FMC Conf. Office 215-723-5513, or Sponsored by the EDC/FMC Youth Leaders and EDC/FMC Peace and Justice Committee.
Location: Franconia Mennonite Church (in the Upper Fellowship Hall), 613 Harleysville Pike, Telford, PA 215-723-3220 (See map for location.)

March 26-28, 2007 (Mon.-Wed.) MCC Meat Canner
at Christopher Dock H.S. Volunteers should contact the EDC/FMC Conference office, 215-723-5513, to schedule work time. Program coordinator is Abe Landes, 215-723-3140.
March 31, 2007 (Saturday evening) Bethlehem, PA.
LEPOCO Annual Dinner featuring keynote speaker Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Call LEPOCO Peace Center (610-691-8730) for more information and to reserve tickets.
May 20, 2007 (Sunday: 2-4 pm) Sellerville, PA
"After Iraq: New Directions for U.S. Foreign Policy," with Dr. Lisa Schirch of Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. What can the U.S. do to build security and stability in our fragile world? How does a Christian perspective offer ideas for new approaches for foreign policy? How can we build a safer world? How can we transcend partisan differences to build support for common sense reforms? The program will be 2-4pm in the Activity Center of Rockhill Mennonite Community, 3250 State Road, Sellersville, PA 18960. Dr. Schirch will also be preaching during Sunday morning worship (9:30am) at Perkasie Mennonite Church. For more information, call (215) 536-9293.
May 20-21, 2007 (Sunday-Monday)
"Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia." In response to the escalating violence in Colombia, and requests from our sister peace communities in Colombia, many congregations will observe Days of Prayer and Action during Sunday worship, and Monday activities including letter-writing, community educational programs, and conversations with elected Members of Congress. See colombia.htm for additional resources. Participating EDC/FMC congregations include:
  • Bally Mennonite Church, Bally, PA
  • Doylestown Mennonite Church, Doylestown, PA
  • Frederick Mennonite Church, Frederick, PA
  • Grace Mennonite Church, Lansdale, PA
  • Nueva Vida / New Life Mennonite, Norristown, PA
  • New Eden Fellowship, Schwenksville, PA
  • Alpha Mennonite Church, Alpha, NJ (May 13th)
A report from Janna Hunter-Bowman, Colombia's 'Fragile Unreality' (4/10/07), documents the turbulent situation in Colombia and the plight of peace communities there.
July 1, 2007 (Sunday) Christian Citizenship Sunday
MCUSA has discontinued official support for Christian Citizenship Sunday; however, see worship resources available at or
July 1, 2007 (Sunday): 10:15 am Hatfield, PA: Plains MC
Erin Odgers will speak during worship about her experience with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Israel / Palestine.(May 29-June 10, 2007). Location: Plains Mennonite Church, 50 Orvilla Road, Hatfield, PA 215-362-7640.
August 1-3, 2007 (Wed.-Fri.) Basic Mediation Training
Montgomery County Mediation Center, 610-277-8909
September 15, 2007 (Saturday) Allentown, PA. Who are our neighbors and why should we care? 8:30am - 12:00n Immigration reform workshop sponsored by the Justice & Advocacy Committee of Lehigh County Conference of Churches. With Dr. Erika M. Sutherland -- updates on current public policy issues, and immigrant stories. Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church/Iglesia Evangélica Luterana San Martín de Porres, 38 S. 8th St, Allentown, PA 18101 (610)435-9065.
September 16, 2007 (Sunday 3 pm-7pm) Alpha, NJ
Christian Peace Witness for Iraq at Alpha Mennonite Church. All are welcome to come and pray in silence for an end to the war in Iraq. Come and go as you feel led (3-7pm). Contact Monica Haas 609-731-1655 for further information. Alpha MC, 901 East Blvd., Alpha, NJ. 08865
September 22, 2007 (Saturday 2:00-5:00 pm) Alpha, New Jersey
National Day of Peace celebration at Alpha Mennonite Church. For more information, contact Monica at 609-731-1655. Location: Alpha MC, 901 East Blvd., Alpha, NJ 08865.
September 22-23, 2007 (Sat.-Sun.) Kempton, PA
(Student Day on Fri., Sept. 21) 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.
September 29, 2007 (Saturday), 1 PM - Roundtable on Healthcare at Center in the Park in Germantown to discuss the Rendell Plan and the Home/Business Security Act (SB-300 and HB-1660). Featuring good speakers on each side.
September 29, 2007 (Saturday), 11 AM - 4 PM - The Peace Fair at 202 & 263 in Bucks County just south of Peddler's Village. Live Music, Poetry, Bucks County Art Show, Workshops & Exhibits, Children's games! For more info go to or call 215-750-7220 ext. 19
September 30, 2007 (Sunday) 9:00 am Harleysville, PA
John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame, will be the morning preacher at Salford Mennonite Church (9:00am worship). John Paul has provided conciliation for a range of situations in Somalia, Northern Ireland, Columbia, the Basque Country, the Phillipines and Nepal. He will speak about his international mediation and peacekeeping ministry. Following the worship service, at 10:30 am he will respond to questions about his peacemaking ministry. A fellowship meal will follow the morning sessions. Salford Mennonite Church, 480 Groff's Mill Rd., Harleysville.

October 13, 2007 (Saturday) Blooming Glen, PA
8:30am --1:30pm, annual Peace and Justice Fall Gathering, with Peggy and Art Gish, who are frequently in Palestine and Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams. There will also be leadership resources for local church peace and justice work, and participant discussion time. The gathering will be held at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. (Sponsored by EDC/FMC Peace and Justice Committee -- see the full announcement for details).
October 27, 2007 - National Mobilzation to End the War in Iraq sponsored by United for Peace and Justice -- ten massive demonstrations for Peace across the U.S., including Philadelphia. Go to for more info.
Note: the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) is trying to arrange "Peace trains" to the event in Philadelphia by having people gather at certain SEPTA train stations about 30 minutes before train departure at certain stations, including the R5 train in Lansdale at 11:45 and an R2 train in Jenkintown.
November 3, 2007, 1:30-4:30 PM - American Friends Service Committee Annual Public Gathering at PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. Keynote speaker is Joan Countryman, founding headmistress of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. Joan has spent more than 30 years as an innovator educator in Quaker schools. Free and open to the public. Reception at 3:00pm.
November 4, 2007 - Peace Sunday Resources for Peace Sunday observances are posted on the MCUSA PJN web page. see
December 8, 2007 (Saturday: Nazareth to Bethlehem, PA)
48th 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.
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