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Peace Gatherings and Events -- 2011

February 11-13 (Fri.-Sun.) Spruce Lake Winter Peace Retreat.
Adult Program:Immigration: Welcoming New Neighbors with Rick Ufford-Chase.
Children's Program: There will be peacemaking activities for children during adult sessions.
The retreat is sponsored and hosted by the PJC ; see complete announcement for details.


February 25-27, 2011 (Fri. pm - Sun.) Anti-Racism Analysis Training (Damascus Road).
Location: Philadelphia Mennonite High School. See slf.franconiaconference.org or contact Sharon Williams, sharonw@cavtel.net (610) 277-1729.
For information about other anti-racism training opportunities and scholarships, see www.ppjr.org/ltrain.
March 5, 2011 (Saturday, 5pm) Bethlehem, PA. LEPOCO Peace Center annual dinner.
Music at 5pm, Dinner at 5:30pm, followed by program.
David Wildman, co-author of the book "Ending the U.S. War in Afghanistan: A Primer," is keynote speaker. Mr. Wildman is executive secretary for Human Rights & Racial Justice with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. He's been to Afghanistan several times since the U.S. led invasion in 2001. He helped found United for Peace and Justice (2002), and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (2001). Dinner tickets ($30 regular adult; $10 limited income/child) by advance reservation only. Program-only tickets ($10 regular adult; $5 limited income/child) are available at the door.
Location: Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 321 Wyandotte Street, Bethlehem, PA. Contact the LEPOCO Peace Center (313 West 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA, 18015) at 610-691-8730 for reservations, or see www.lepoco.org.
March 10-13, 2011 (Wed.supper-Sun.lunch) Bangor, PA
"Creating a Culture of Peace" workshop with Janet Chisholm and Barb Gessner at Kirkridge Retreat Center. CCP is training in the spirituality, practice and power of active nonviolence. See www.kirkridge.org or www.creatingacultureofpeace.org.
March 20, 2011 (Sunday, 3:00pm) Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness (LIPW) Spring Peace Forum with Dr. Charles Marsh, speaking on "The Meaning of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for Contemporary American Christianity" Dr. Marsh, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of The Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and the University of Virginia, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1989. Location: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S Duke Street, Lancaster PA. For details, see www.lancasterinterchurchpeacewitness.org.
March 22, 2011 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) Kulpsville, PA.
Rescheduled from Feb. 1 because of snow.
A meeting of "Hunters and Non-Hunters for Gun Violence Prevention" will be held at the Towamencin Mennonite Church. Speakers are Bryan Miller, Executive Director of Ceasefire New Jersey, the Garden State's leading organization devoted to reducing gun violence, and Drick Boyd, Professor of Urban and Interdisciplinary Studies at Eastern University. Miller and Boyd are founding members of "Heeding God's Call," a multi faith organization which advocates for common sense laws pertaining to gun sales. The meeting is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Committee of the Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite Conferences. For more information (or in case of ice, sleet or snow) contact James C. Longacre, 610-845-7686.
March 25-28, 2011 (Fri.-Mon.) Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington, DC area.
Development, Security and Economic Justice: What's Gender Got to Do with It? -- workshops on U.S. domestic issues, eco-justice, Latin America, Jubilee economics, Africa and the Middle East, co-sponsored by MCC Washington Office. The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, VA -- just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Begins Friday evening, and includes Congressional office visits on Monday.
Registration fee is $160 ($175 after Feb. 19), which includes some meals. Lodging at the Doubletree Crystal City is an additional $119 per night (plus tax) - but this cost can be reduced by sharing your room with others, and there are other lodging options.
For further information. see www.advocacydays.org
March 26, 2011 (Saturday 8:30am-noon) Yardley, PA
Poverty Simulation Event, sponsored by the Bucks County Opportunities Council, FLOC, and local congregations. at Yardley United Methodist Church, 300 Langhorne-Yardley Road, Yardley, PA19067. For more information, contat Rev. Bob Combs, (215) 493-3345 or pastbob@verizon.net.
April 9, 2011 (Saturday 8:30am-3:00pm) (Allentown, PA)
Annual Bread for the World workshop - in partnership with local anti-hunger organizations.
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Larry Hollar, BFW Regional Field Representative.
Workshop topics will include local food and hunger concerns as well as U.S. and Pennsylvania public policy.
Location: First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.
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: lhollar@bread.org.
April 10-11, 2011 (Sunday - Monday)
National Days of Action for Peace in Colombia
April 10: 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 11: 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, tsitther@mcc.org 202-544-6564 x118
May 22, 2011 (Sunday, 2:00pm) Philadelphia, PA Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation - this year in Overbrook Farms neighborhood of West Philadelphia. For details, see www.interfaithpeacewalk.org.
May 24, 2011 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) Kulpsville, PA.
The second meeting of "Hunters and Non-Hunters for Gun Violence Prevention" will be held at the Towamencin Mennonite Church, with Bryan Miller, Executive Director of Ceasefire New Jersey, the Garden State's leading organization devoted to reducing gun violence, and Drick Boyd, Professor of Urban and Interdisciplinary Studies at Eastern University. Miller and Boyd are founding members of "Heeding God's Call," a multi faith organization which advocates for common sense laws pertaining to gun sales. The meeting is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Committee of the Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite Conferences. For more information contact James C. Longacre, 610-845-7686.

mid-July to mid-October, 2011 Vegetable Basket Program
Donated fruits and vegetables are collected from local farmers and gardeners, coordinated by the Food Trust again this year. For further information see www.nutritioncoalition.org, or contact Moriah Hall, mzimmerman@thefoodtrust.org or 302-373-9918 (cell).
September 11 (Sunday) Tenth Anniversary Remembrance
For a short list of worship resources and Pennsylvania peace-oriented community gatherings and events reflecting on the events of September 11, 2001 and the wars that have followed, see efpjc.ppjr.org/events/sept11.htm
September 16-18 (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 www.paenergyfest.com for complete program.
September 18 or 25, 2011 Peace Sunday
Peace Sunday is now widely observed on a Sunday close to the United Nations International Day of Peace (Sept. 21 every year). Worship resources are available from MCUSA and MCC. See efpjc.ppjr.org/peace/#peacesunday
October 8, 2011 (Saturday 9am-12:30pm) Harleysville, PA Peace and Justice fall gathering
Anger and Relational Peacemaking. Guest panelists include
  • Dr. MaryLynne Black, Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr. Daniel Lyons, General Practitioner
  • James Leary, Souderton Police Chief
  • Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 529 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA.
    Registration/coffee begins at 8:30am; program is 9:00-12:30. (See annoucement for details).
    October 9-10, 2011 (Sun. 4pm -Mon. 5pm) Camp Hill, PA Poverty Summit, with Shane Claiborne.
    Begins about 4pm on Sunday, and continues on Monday until late afternoon. At Camp Hill United Methodist Chuch. Registration: $75. For more information, call 717-236-6363 or see www.umadvocacypa.org.
    October 22, 2011 (Saturday 9am-1pm) Lancaster, PA "Behind the Camouflage"
    Workshop for pastors and youth counselors on the ethical and spiritual questions that surround military enlistment and combat. Panelists include:
  • Rev. Bill Worley: U.S. Marine Chaplain and Pastor
  • Titus Peachey: Director of Peace Education, MCC- U.S.
  • Dr. Lynne Williams: Clinical Psychologist
  • Rev. Tim Bistline: Youth Pastor, St. Mark’s United Methodist
  • Also includes film, "Soldiers of Conscience" and light lunch.
    Location: Franklin & Marshall College, Barshinger Life Sciences Building, Boncheck Lecture Hall
    For more information and to register: Call Titus Peachey at: 717 859-1151, or see: us.mcc.org/forms/behindthecamouflage $15.00 registration fee, payable at the door.
    October 29, 2011 (Saturday 9am-3pm) The Growning Economic Divide
    Allentown, PA. See wealth.ppjr.org for details.
    November 11-12, 2011 (Fri. evening, Saturday) - Souderton, PA
    Franconia Conference and Eastern District Conference joint Fall Assembly at Penn View Christian School. Peace & Justice Committee will participate in introducing plans for a year-long focus on peace education.
    December 10, 2011 (Saturday: Nazareth to Bethlehem, PA)
    52nd Annual Christmas Peace Pilgrimage This annual pilgrimage recalls the journey of Mary and Joseph. Participants meet in Bethlehem at 10:45am, 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. Guest speaker after supper will be Rev. Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaugh, who is Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Moravian College and author of the 2011 book, U.S. War Culture: Sacrifice and Salvation. Her presentation will be tiled, “De-escalating U.S. War Culture: A Primer for Peace Advocates.” For more information, see www.peacewalk.org.
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