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Peace Gatherings and Events -- 2009

January 13-17, 2009 (Tuesday-Saturday) Philadelphia, PA
Heeding God's Call: A Consultation on Peace and Justice in Violent Times. Sponsored by Philadelphia Friends (Quaker)Yearly Meeting with Church of the Brethren and Mennonite Church USA. Location: Arch Street (Friends) Meeting House in Philadelphia.
See for more information.

February 13-15 (Fri.-Sun.) Spruce Lake Winter Peace Retreat.
Retreat theme:Restorative Justice with Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz.
Adult program:Presentations and small-group workshops on various aspects of restorative justice, including victim and offender support, Biblical reflection, and the U.S. prison system.
Youth program:Understanding Jesus' Activism: Can Youth Change the World?, with L. Mark Reiff.

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

February 27-March 1, 2009 (Fri. pm - Sun. tentative) Anti-Racism Analysis Training (Damascus Road). Philadelphia, PA. See or email: or contact Sharon Williams, (610) 277-1729.
March 13, 2009 (Friday) Nonviolent Advocacy Workshop
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Alexandria, VA
9am-12pm: Basic Nonviolent Peacemaking Tools
1 pm-5 pm: Applying Tools for Nonviolent Advocacy
This dynamic and interactive workshop will draw on the stories and principles of nonviolent peacemaking to become more effective in applying tools and strategies to advocate for a range of social and environmental issues, including climate change, migration, and poverty. These tools will strengthen your capacity to become a more effective and successful advocate for social change.
Workshop led by Ken Preston, Training Co-Director for Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. Pace e Bene is Italian for "Peace and Good," and was a greeting used by St. Francis of Assisi to embody peace in the midst of a violent world. Pace e Bene works to foster a more just and peaceful world through nonviolence education, action and community-building,
You can attend the whole day, morning only or afternoon only. Advance registration appreciated, but not required. Donations appreciated. For any questions or to register, contact Ken Preston at 510-268-8765,
March 13-15, 2009 (Fri. pm - Sun.) Sustainable Farming Conference
"Growing and Eating Faithfully" 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. For details, see announcement. Location: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mount Pleasant, PA
March 13-16, 2009 (Fri.-Mon.) Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington, DC area.
"Enough for All Creation" 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 $160, which includes some meals.
Lodging at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel is an additional $109 per night (plus tax) -- but this cost can be reduced by sharing your room with several others. For further information. see
March 21, 2009 (Saturday) (Allentown, PA) Annual Bread for the World workshop -- in partnership with local anti-hunger organizations.

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:

Creating a Culture of Peace 2009 sessions. Basic training in the spirituality, practice and power of active nonviolence. The following workshops will be held at Kirkridge Retreat Center (Bangor, PA) CCP training is also offered in other locations. See for details or contact Janet Chisholm,, 845-641-3648 or 610-588-1793
Training includes a variety of presentation styles: lecture, panel discussion, role-play, small and large group sessions. Major topic include:
  • spiritually-grounded peacemaker training
  • exploration of violence & nonviolence
  • analysis of how change occurs
  • community-building
  • project planning
March 5-8, 2009 (Thurs. 6:30 pm dinner - Sunday lunch)
March 12-15, 2009 (Thurs. 6:30 pm dinner - Sun. lunch)
Sept. 10-13, 2009 (Thurs. 6:30 pm dinner - Sun. lunch)
Registration $135; Lodging/meals $260. Discount for early registration: $35. CEUs, scholarships, commuter discounts available. Contact Janet Chisholm -- see info. above.

April 5, 2009 (Sunday 2:30-5:00pm) Norristown: Methacton MC
"Was Jesus a Conscientous Objector?" at Methacton Mennonite Church, 3081 Mill Road, Norristown, PA. Created primarily for Youth, a separate session for adults will be held concurrently, with some time for both age groups to meet together. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the issues surrounding conscientious objection to war and militarism, hear stories of past C.O.s, and encourage each other in saying a conscientious "yes" to following Jesus. Pizza will be served. Led by the West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship's Peace Group, the seminar is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Committee. Pre-registration by April 1st is encouraged to assist us with planning. Contact WPMF church office at / 215-729-2050.

April 19 & 20, 2009 (Sunday - Monday)
Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia
April 19: 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 20: 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., see Colombia resources or contact Theo Sitther, 202-544-6564 x118
April 29-30, 2009: Christian Peace Witness for Iraq
Worship and Witness in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, April 29
  • 12:30-1:30 pm
  • 2:30 p.m

  • 7:00 p.m
  • Opening Convocation
    Nonviolence training

    Worship and Witness

         National City Church,
    5 Thomas Circle, NW

    Washington Convention Center

    Featured Preachers & Speakers include

    • Tony Campolo -- Author, pastor, social activist, sociologist, and passionate follower of Jesus
    • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. -- Minister, community activist, president of the Hip Hop Caucus, and U.S. Air Force Reserve Veteran
    • Sr. Dianna Ortiz -- U.S. born survivor of torture in Guatemala, Founder of Torture Abolition and Survivors' Support Coalition International
    • Elizabeth McAlister -- Peace activist and co-founder of Jonah House
    • Daniel Berrigan -- Catholic priest, poet, peace activist Worship will be followed by a procession to the White House.
    Thursday, April 30 Witness and Nonviolent Action
  • 9:00 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol
  • (for details, see )
    May 3, 2009 (Sunday 1:00-5:30 pm) Sixth Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation
    For details, see
    May 30, 2009 (Saturday 1:00-7:00 pm) Speaking of Peace: A Festival of the Arts at Frazer. PA. The Festival will include photography, music, story telling, food & fair trade items, childrens' activities and more. Location: Frazer Mennonite Church, 57 Maple Linden Lane, Frazer, PA 19355. For further information, see or 610-644-3397 or email:
    July 5, 2009 (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, 2009 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)

    Healing the Wounds of Racism

    There are four offerings of the basic anti-racism workshop in summer & fall 2009; these sessions run for 2 1/2 consecutive days (e.g. Friday evening through Sunday afternoon). Registration deadline for each session is two weeks before the session begins

    September 18-20, 2009 (Fri.--Sun.)
    Gretna Glen Camp and Retreat Center;
    87 Old Mine Road, Lebanon, Pa 17042

    October 16-18, 2009 (Fri.--Sun.)
    Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center, RR #2 Box 2747,
    Cresco, PA 18326

    For more details on any of these anti-racism training sessions (Damascus Road or Healing the Wounds of Racism ) and the EDC scholarship program, see, or contact the EDC Conference Administrative Board (CAB) c/o Warren Tyson, (215/888) 723-5513, x138, or Robert Walden, 610-861-0653,

    September 18-20, 2009 (Fri.-Sun.) Pennsylvania Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Festival, Kempton, PA. 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 25, 2009 (Friday, 7:00pm) Lancaster, PA
    September 26, 2009 (Saturday, 9:00am) Allentown, PA
    Archbishop Elias Chacour. Father Chacour, Archbishop of the Melchite Christian Church in Galilee, is founder of schools serving nearly 3,000 youth in inter-faith and multi-ethnic settings, author of Blood Brothers, three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, stirring witness for peace and reconciliation, and simple man of Galilee.
    Note: Archbishop Chacour will not be coming to Pennsylvania because of an urgent matter in Israel; these events are cancelled.
    September 26, 2009 (Saturday 8:30am-3pm) Allentown, PA
    Homelessness: Voices of Hope -- Justice and Advocacy fall gathering. Conversations with people who are homeless; presentations, panel discussions, and workshops on who's homeless and why -- and opportunities for advocacy. See for details.
    October 10, 2009 (Saturday: 8:30am-12n) Peace and Justice fall gathering at Franconia Mennonite Church
    "Seeking Peace: A Conversation to Encourage Congregational Justice and Peace Education and Action"
    Sharing about peace and justice work in our local congregations, and introducing new peace resources. See announcement for details.
    October 15-17, 2009 (Thursday-Saturday) Anti-Racism Analysis Training (Damascus Road).
    This event has been cancelled
    Location: Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
    Contact Marla Lester, (717) 859-1151 or or see
    October 17-18, 2009 (Saturday-Sunday) "Poverty and Homelessness"
    Location: Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, PA
  • Saturday:
  • 5:00pm Vegetarian supper
    6:00-7:30pm Activities for children and Adult Program
    Edith Yoder of Bridge of Hope National will speak about poverty and the challenges of homelessness in Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Sunday:
  • 9:00am Worship service
    Ron Sider of Evangelicals for Social Action, will speak on "Biblical values surrounding God's concern for the poor and a commitment to address domestic poverty in our present economy."
    10:30am discussion with Ron Sider about approaches alleviating poverty in our community.
    (For more information, see )
    December 12, 2009 (Saturday: Nazareth to Bethlehem, PA)
    50th 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. The evening speaker will be the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr, pastor emeritus of rhe Riverside Church and President of Healing of the Nations Foundation.
    For more information, see

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    Last Updated: 9/17/09
    Created: March 8, 2008