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Peace Gatherings and Events -- 2008

Feb. 8-10, 2008 (Fri.-Sun.) Spruce Lake Winter Peace Retreat.
Retreat theme:Muslim-Christian dialog (in the context of Middle-East conflict)
Adult program: Muslim-Christian Dialogue with Evie and Wally Shellenberger, who have spent three years in Iran with a Muslim-Christian exchange program jointly hosted by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute.
Youth program: Living with Diversity, led by pastor Scott Hutchinson who has worked in Nicaragua and El Salvador and organizes an annual youth workshop on peacemaking.

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

February 22-24, 2008 (Thurs. pm - Sat.) Anti-Racism Analysis Training (Damascus Road). Philadelphia, PA. See or email: or contact Sharon Williams, (610) 277-1729.
March 2-4, 2008 (Sun. evening-Tues.) MCC Washington Office: Spring Seminar, Washington, DC. Uprooted Peoples: Action and Advocacy in the Face of Displacement. Biblical Keynote: Dr. Gordon Brubacher.
For program details and flyer see announcement or contact MCC U.S., Washington Office, 920 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. 202-544-6564. E-mail:
March 7, 2008 (Friday) Washington, D.C. and local churches. Christian Peace Witness for Iraq. If the United States continues to occupy Iraq, Christian Peace Witness for Iraq (CPWI) will create another opportunity for Christians to 'speak their peace' through worship and witness.

We will invite you, your family, your congregation and your neighbors to come again to the nation's capitol on or near the date of March 7, 2008, or to create worship services in your community. (Over 200 local vigils were held March 16, 2007, all empowering participants to advocate for peace in their communities, countries and the world.) Some participants who come to Washington, D.C., may also stay for Ecumenical Advocacy Days which begins Friday evening. (See announcement below).

For more information, see or

March 7-9, 2008 (Fri. pm - Sun.) Sustainable Farming Conference
"Growing and Eating Simply in Season" 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 Cathleen Hockman-Wert, Co-author of "Simply in Season." and workshops.
For details, see flyer [PDF], or announcement [HTML]. Location: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mount Pleasant, PA
March 7-10, 2008 (Fri.-Mon.) Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington, DC area. "Claiming a Vision of True Security" with workshops on U.S. domestic issues, eco-justice, Latin America, Jubilee economics, Africa and the Middle East.
The event will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA -- just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Begins Friday evening, and includes Congressional office visits on Monday. Registration fee is $150, which includes some meals. For further information. see
March 29, 2008 (Saturday) (Allentown, PA) Annual Bread for the World workshop -- in partnership with local anti-hunger organizations.
Special guests (invited): Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Charles Dent.
The program will include presentations and workshops about international poverty-focused development assistance; who's hungry in the Lehigh Valley; Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs); and Biofuels: Facts and Myths.
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:

April 11-12, 2008 (Fri.-Sat.) Washington, D.C. Anabaptist Peace Center workshop. Bridging Divides: Uniting the Church for Peacemaking - a conference for people working for peace in the church and in the world. Plenary and seminar sessions will include Bible study, theological reflection, conflict resolution in the church, and public policy issues such as immigration and global warming.
Registration cost: $80; students: $40. ($10 discount until Feb. 15). For further info., see
Location: Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, 421 Seward Square SE, Washington, DC. For information about housing, see, e.g., MCC Spring Seminar [PDF].
April 27 & 28, 2008 (Sunday - Monday)
Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia April 27: Congregations in the United States & Canada will worship in unity with sisters and brothers in Colombia, who have endured suffering and turmoil due to Colombia's 40-year war. This will be a time of prayer and worship for a peaceful future in Colombia.
April 28: Collective action will be taken by hundreds in the United States and Canada to speak out and advocate on behalf of the Colombian people, calling on government to end military support to Colombia.
For more info., contact Theo Sitther, 202-544-6564 x118
May 8, 2008 (Thurs. 7-9 pm) Blooming Glen
Peace & Justice Film Series at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church
"Breaking Rank" (56 min). This is a Canadian Documentary that tells the story of four U.S. soldiers seeking sanctuary in Canada as part of their resistence to the war in Iraq. This film documents their experiences as they try to exercise their consciences amidst profound emotional, ethical and international consequences. Films will be shown in the Fellowship hall. For more information call Sarah Witter at 215-510-2979.
May 17, 2008 (Saturday 9:00 am - 2:45 pm ) Scranton, PA
Global Warming Conference 2008 The focus is on action to help stop global warming -- with presentations by national, state and local experts and leaders. Location: Brennan Hall, University of Scranton, (300 block of Madison Avenue) Scranton, PA Speakers and panelists will include:
  • U.S. Senator Robert Casey Jr.;
  • Melanie Fitzpatrick Ph.D., Union of Concerned Scientists;
  • Rep. John T. Yudichak (D) - District 119;
  • Deputy Secretary Daniel Desmond, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection;
  • Dr. Michael C. Cann, Environmental Science Department, University of Scranton;
  • Paul Copleman, Iberdrola Renewable Energies USA & Community Energy, Inc. ;
  • Joyce Hatala, environmental consultant;
  • Steve Stroman, policy director, PennFuture;
  • Tom Tuffey, director, PennFuture's Center for Energy, Enterprise and the Environment.
There will also be ample time for networking. Space at this conference is limited, so please register early. Continental breakfast and lunch included. This is a free event for all PennFuture members and students; there is a $10 charge for others. For details and registration:
May 31, 2008 (Saturday: 1-9pm) Frazer Mennonite Church
Speaking of Peace: Festival of the Arts. The Festival will include original display and performing arts: two-dimensional art, letterpress, book art, poetry, essays, memoir, video, dance choreography, music, plays, sculpture, ceramics, and installation/conceptual art. Location: Frazer Mennonite Church, 57 Maple Linden Lane, Frazer, PA 19355. For further information, see or phone 610-644-3397 or email:
July 6, 2008 (Sunday) Christian Citizenship Sunday MCUSA has discontinued official support for Christian Citizenship Sunday; however, see worship resources available at or
mid-July to mid-October, 2008 Vegetable Basket Program
Donated fruits and vegetables are collected from local farmers and gardeners, coordinated by the Food Trust again this year. Look for details in June or contact Bob Moyer (215-766-0825).
August 23, 2008 [EVENT CANCELLED] (Saturday, 5-10 pm) Souderton
Young adult gathering: local foods picnic, volley ball, frisbee, conversation and cinema. Bring locally grown food to share. For menu ideas, see web announcement: Location: Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton.
September 19-21, 2008 (Fri.-Sun.) Kempton, PA
Pennsylvania Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Festival. (Friday, Sept. 19 is student day). 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 27, 2008 (Saturday) Allentown, PA
Health Care and Public Policy -- workshop sponsored by Lehigh County Conference of Churches / Justice & Advocacy. See announcement for details.
Healing the Wounds of Racism -- summer/fall 2008 training (anti-racism training workshops) registration includes meals and lodging. Cost: about $200. See web announcement or contact PJC for more details.
  • August 11-13 (Monday evening - Wednesday afternoon)
    Doylesford Abbey; 220 S. Valley Road
    Paoli, PA 19301-1911
  • September 19-21 (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon)
    Gretna Glen Camp and Retreat Center
    87 Old Mine Road, Lebanon, PA 17042-8986>
  • October 10-12, 2008 (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon)
    Teen ARK; Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center
    (for teens only)
  • October 17-19, 2008 (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon)
    Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center
    RR #2 Box 2747, Cresco, PA 18326

October 7, 2008 (Tuesday) 9:30-10:45am (Souderton)
Keeping the faith during election times (and beyond.) Jim Longacre will lead discussion with pastors (and other interested persons). Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 771 Route 113, Souderton, PA 18964. 215-723-5513.
October 11-12, 2008 (Saturday-Sunday) Harleysville, PA Peace and Justice weekend at Salford Mennonite Church, with Sr. Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking." Sr. Prejean will speak at 7:00pm on Saturday, Oct.11, and at Sunday worship, 9:00am, Oct. 12th. For details contact Salford Mennonite Church at (215) 256-0778 .
October 16-18, 2008 (Thurs. pm - Sat.) Anti-Racism Analysis Training (Damascus Road). Reading, PA. See or email:
October17-21, 2008 Speaking tour - Eastern PA locations
Freddy Caicedo, a Colombian human rights organizer, will speak on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, with compelling stories from Colombia's labor unionists, indigenous groups, and Afro-Colombians.
  • October 17 (Friday, 7:00pm) Lancaster: East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church, 432 E Chestnut St., 717-392-3092
  • October 18 (Saturday, 10:00 am) East Greenville: Peace Mennonite Church, 104 Main Street, 215-527-7740
  • October 18 (Saturday, 6:00 pm ) Bethlehem, PA LEPOCO/Americas Solidarity, at Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting House 6:00pm - potluck; 7:00pm - program. For further infor-mation: contact LEPOCO: 610-691-8730.
  • October 20 (Monday, 2:30 pm) Community College of Philadelphia
  • For other details, times, and other locations in Philadelphia, West Chester, and Lancaster, contact Ben Beachy or see, click on "Speaker Tour in October!", scroll down Oct. 17-21 events.)

October 25, 2008 (9:30am-1pm) Germantown (Philadelphia)
Peace and Justice Fall Gathering: Sustainable Living festival with displays, discussion, and local foods potluck.
Joy Bergey, environmental activist and writer, will speak on "Keeping Peace with the Earth". See announcement for details.
November 2, 2008 Peace Sunday Resources for Peace Sunday observances are posted on the MCUSA PJN web page. See
December 13, 2008 (Saturday: Nazareth to Bethlehem, PA)
49th 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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Last Updated: 10/23/08
Created: March 29, 2007