Peacemaking Issues --
of our reports 2008-09
For our most recent posts on
peacemaking issues in 2010 >>
Some major areas of concern are:
Program provides lots of good resources for study, worship, and
For an archive of our posts on peacemaking, 2005-07 >>
For an index
to peacemaking issues, 2003-2004 >>
And for items from 2001 -
Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons expresses thanks for new
strategic arms limitation treaty
A crucial, necessary step
The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of
the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), issued
the following statement today in response to the signing of a
new strategic arms reduction treaty (START) by President Obama
and President Medvedev:
The new nuclear arms reduction treaty
signed by the United States and Russia on April 8 in Prague
is an event that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long
awaited. This initiative resonates with the vision of the
prophet Micah who looked toward the day when nations “shall
beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruning hooks” (Micah 4:3). Guided by this biblical vision,
General Assemblies of the church and its predecessors have
understood that following Jesus and working for God’s
intended order and life abundant involve seeking
international disarmament and arms control measures. ...
This could also lead to further reduction in their nuclear
arsenals. We give thanks for the courage and will to
negotiate this treaty and we look forward to its
The full text of the statement >>
Lenten study with a Peace focus
Christian Peace Witness is
ready to bring:
Sr. Dianna Ortiz,
Rev. Lennox Yearwood,
Noah Baker Merrill & Ken Butigan
to YOUR CHURCH for Lent!
Just click here to learn more.
Along with a dvd featuring
profound inspiration from these faith leaders, our Lenten study
|biblical reflections on
lectionary passages for each Sunday in Lent - plus Easter
(good preaching resource!);|
|prayers and litanies
for worship; and|
|seven complete study
lessons which can be used as a series or individually.|
CLICK HERE to download a sample of the study text and watch
a sneak preview (via youtube) for the first two sessions.
You're invited to ...
delegation to Nicaragua
January 16-23, 2010
January, the PC(USA) is sponsoring a Delegation to Nicaragua,
where participants will have the opportunity to experience
Nicaragua, Fair Trade and the church’s work there firsthand. The
delegation is perfect for anyone involved in a congregation,
college or camp that uses Fair Trade coffee or Sweat-Free Ts,
has hosted a holiday bazaar using Fair Trade products, or simply
wants to learn more.
|Meet Fair Trade farmers and artisans|
|Pick coffee and stay in homes of farming families|
|Meet the women who sew Sweat-Free Ts
|Build community with fellow Presbyterians|
|Learn about Nicaragua, Fair Trade and more!|
The delegation will take place January 16-23, 2010, and is
sponsored jointly by three organizations:
(the Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua).
Applications are due November 20. For information and an
application call (774) 776-7366 or
send an email.
Some scholarship assistance is available.
Please consider joining us and pass the word to others who
may be interested.
Enough for Everyone
(888) 728-7228 x5626
|In all the uproar over the
Scotland’s release of the "Lockerbie bomber" ...
Church of Scotland welcomes decision to release Lockerbie bomber
Ecumenical News International reports from
The (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland has said it
fully supports a decision taken by the Scottish Government on Aug.
20 to release the convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi,
on compassionate grounds.
“This decision has sent a message to the world
about what it is to be Scottish,” the Rev. Ian Galloway, convenor of
the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, said in a
statement. “We are defined as a nation by how we treat those who
have chosen to hurt us. Do we choose mercy even when they did not
Within minutes of the decision by the Scottish
government, the United States expressed deep regret and
disappointment that its pleas were ignored not to free the dying
man, a former Libyan intelligence officer, convicted of the
Lockerbie bombing. Al-Megrahi is in the final stages of prostate
Galloway also said in his statement:
“Nor is it about whether he had the right to
mercy, but whether we as a nation, despite the continuing pain of
many, are willing to be merciful. I understand the deep anger and
grief that still grips the souls of the victims’ families and I
respect their views. But to them I would say justice is not lost in
acting in mercy. Instead, our deepest humanity is expressed for the
better. To choose mercy is the tough choice and today our nation met
the challenge. We have gained something significant as a nation by
this decision. It is a defining moment for us all.”
The rest of the
A tribute to Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi
Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape
Town and recipient of the Nobel peace prize, has written:
I think of my sister Nobel laureate Aung San
Suu Kyi every day. Her picture hangs on the wall of my office,
reminding me that, thousands of miles away in Asia, a nation is
oppressed. Every day I ask myself: have I done everything I can
try to end the atrocities being committed in Burma? And I pray
that world leaders will ask themselves the same question. For if
they did, the answer would be "no", and perhaps their conscience
will finally force them to act.
Humankind has the ability to live in freedom
and in peace. We have seen that goodness has triumphed over
evil; we have witnessed political transitions in South Africa,
and elsewhere, evidencing that we live in a moral universe.
Our world is sometimes lacking wise and good
leadership or, as in the case of Burma, the leadership is
forbidden to lead.
Aung San Suu Kyi has now been detained for
more than 13 years. She recently passed her 5,000th day in
detention. Every one of those days is a tragedy and a lost
opportunity. The whole world, not just the people of Burma,
suffers from this loss. We desperately need the kind of moral
and principled leadership that Aung San Suu Kyi would provide.
And when you add the more than 2,100 political prisoners who are
also in Burma's jails, and the thousands more jailed in recent
decades, the true scale of injustice, but also of lost
potential, becomes heartbreakingly clear.
Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma
deserve nothing less than our most strenuous efforts to help
them secure their freedom. Every day we must ask ourselves: have
we done everything that we can? I pledge that I will not rest
until Aung San Suu Kyi, and all the people of Burma, are free.
Please join me.
The complete essay >>
Amnesty International USA offers a way to join Archbishop Tutu
Click here to send your message
to Than Shwe, the head of the military junta, calling on him to act
immediately to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners
|August 11, 2009: DAY OF GLOBAL ACTION FOR
Donna Laubach, a friend of the Witherspoon Society,
and a retired mission co-worker now living in Spain (or Venezuela --
we're not quite sure), has asked us to post this notice about an
important action of protest tomorrow.
It has been posted on the School of the Americans
Watch website, but only in Spanish, and Donna has said in her note:
“Please pass on this info in Spanish to Witherspoon. It is about
time we give out news in Spanish, since it is a rather large group
of folks in the States.”
So here it is, with links to further information
on the SOA website.
Click here for the
English language SOA website.
11 de Agosto de 2009:
DIA DE ACCION GLOBAL POR HONDURAS
AQUI el informe final de la Misión de DDHH en Honduras (7 Agoto
de 2009) la que fue conformada por representantes de organizaciones
y redes de derechos humanos.
Marchan a Tegucigalpa
600 personas provenientes de diferentes municipios de los
departamentos de Olancho y Francisco Morazán han caminado cientos de
kilómetros y su moral de resistencia se mantiene intacta a pesar de
las inclemencias del sol o las torrenciales lluvias. Su objetivo de
llegar a la capital está cada vez más cerca. Defensoresenlinea.com
localizó la marcha pacífica cuando se desplazaba por la aldea La
Cañada y la siguió hasta el sector de Monte Redondo a unos 23
kilómetros de la capital. Al realizar el recorrido se ha podido
constatar que personas que se transportan en vehículos particulares
apoyan a los manifestantes con agua y alimentos Las mujeres son tan
entusiastas como los hombres, en la movilización hay campesinos,
ganaderos, comerciantes, maestros, estudiantes y profesionales.
Gladys Núñez ha acompañado la movilización desde Juticalpa.
Honduras – update and action alert
This comes from
the Alliance for Global Justice
unable to land. Runway blockaded by military. At least two young
people are dead
Demand complete cut-off of aid and relations by US!
July 5, 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was violently
overthrown and removed from the country by a military coup on June
28, flew back to Honduras accompanied by UN General Assembly
President Miguel D'Escoto. His plane circled the airport, where
100,000 people had gathered to await him and return him to office,
but was unable to land because the military blockaded the runway. He
then flew to Managua for a brief stop and meeting with President
Daniel Ortega before flying to San Salvador to meet with the
Secretary General of the OAS and the presidents of Argentina,
Ecuador, and El Salvador who had flown there direct from an OAS
meeting in Washington, DC.
More information, and
suggested actions >>
earlier report on Honduras, and the coup leader's background in
School of the Americas >>
The Military Coup in Honduras – led by
an SOA graduate
This early report on the coup in Honduras, on Sunday
morning, June 28, comes from School
of the Americas Watch.
A military coup has
taken place in Honduras this morning (Sunday, June 28), led by SOA
graduate Romeo Vasquez. In the early hours of the day, members of
the Honduran military surrounded the presidential palace and forced
the democratically elected president, Manuel Zelaya, into custody.
He was immediately flown to Costa Rica.
A national vote had
been scheduled to take place today in Honduras to consult the
electorate on a proposal of holding a Constitutional Assembly in
November. General Vasquez had refused to comply with this vote and
was deposed by the president, only to later be reinstated by the
Congress and Supreme Court.
The Honduran state
television was taken off the air. The electricity supply to the
capital Tegucigalpa, as well telephone and cellphone lines were cut.
Government institutions were taken over by the military. While the
traditional political parties, Catholic church and military have not
issued any statements, the people of Honduras are going into the
streets, in spite of the fact that the streets are militarized. From
Costa Rica, President Zelaya has called for a non-violent response
from the people of Honduras, and for international solidarity for
the Honduran democracy.
While the European
Union and several Latin American governments just came out in
support of President Zelaya and spoke out against the coup, a
statement that was just issued by Barack Obama fell short of calling
for the reinstatement of Zelaya as the legitimate president.
Call the State Department and the White House
Demand that they call
for the immediate reinstatement of Honduran President Zelaya.
202-647-4000 or 1-800-877-8339
Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Click here to send a message to President Barack Obama.
articles and updated information.
The Campaign for Labor Rights added this information,
and calls for action, later on Sunday
SECRETARY OF STATE
CLINTON DENOUNCES COUP – THE STRUGGLE IS NOT OVER – NEW DEMANDS
We just received a
call from attendees at the emergency protest at the White House that
Secretary of State Clinton has denounced the Honduran coup and
expressed support for Pres. Zelaya.
Here is a short
report, detailing new demands, from Alliance for Global Justice
co-coordinator Chuck Kaufman:
relax though. The coup has not yet been reversed. The US needs
to do more than issue a statement. They need to cut off all
military aid until Zelaya is safely returned to Honduras.
They need to
support bringing the coup plotters to justice. They need to
replace the US ambassador who obviously knew what was going on.
How fast they do that will indicate whether he told them about
it in advance or not.
We are still
asking people to:
Call the State Department and the White House
1) Cut off all
military aid to Honduras until Pres. Zelaya and Chancellor Rodas are
safely returned to office;
2) Support any
international movements to bring the coup plotters to justice;
3) Replace the US
ambassador to Honduras
202-647-4000 or 1-800-877-8339
Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414
OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES AND BACKGROUND
Compiled from a variety
ambassadors of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua were beaten by
hooded soldiers and briefly detained after they tried to defend
Pres. Zelaya. |
time, the US Ambassador was unavailable for comment, whereabouts
|We're not sure
what the current fate is Chancellor Patricial Rodas nor do we
have details regarding Pres. Manuel Zelaya, who was arrested and
flown to Costa Rica.|
that precipitated this situation was the call by Pres. Zelaya
for a referendum to change the Honduran constitution. The
military and the Supreme Court refused to honor or cooperate
with the referendum, which has been called for for months and
has wide popular support.|
been cut off throughout Honduras and television stations have
been shut down. The last we had heard, there has been a
stand-off in the streets between popular masses and the Honduran
This Alert was
prepared by the Campaign for Labor Rights.
Visit our website at:
For background and analysis:
For a sharp analysis
of the background of the situation in Honduras, see Nikolas
Real Message to Latin America?” He expresses concern that the
coup may indicate a willingness on the part of the Obama
administration to return to the old “interventionist U.S. foreign
policy in Central America,” by sanctioning, or at least not
opposing, a military coup against a democratically elected
Kozloff is the author
of Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left
(Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008). You can follow his blog at
Since these earlier
reports were written, it appears that the Obama administration is
speaking and acting to oppose the coup.
Here’s one brief report,
from Sam Youngman, writing in The Hill:
Saying the U.S.
does "not want to go back to a dark past," President Obama said
Monday that the military ouster of President Manuel Zelaya was
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe in the Oval Office, Obama said
the two men has discussed the coup and "all of us have great
said the ouster should not be used as "a means of political
transition," calling it a "terrible precedent" for the region.
"We do not want
to go back to a dark past," he said. "We always want to stand
the “ghosts of past U.S. policies” hang over U.S. responses to the
coup, says the
N. Y. Times.
War: Do we hafta??
Arch Taylor reviews
Beyond War: The Human Potential for Peace,
by Douglas P. Fry [11-15-08]
The recorded history of humankind is replete
with stories of war and bloodshed. Consequently, most people
resignedly assume that making war must be a natural
characteristic of human nature, or at least of the masculine
half. The phrase, “man the warrior” has become shorthand to
express this generally accepted view.
Douglas P. Fry challenges that conclusion, drawing
on the evidence provided by careful research into the evolutionary
development of humankind.
Read the full
-- Hiroshima Day
At the time this photo was made,
smoke billowed 20,000 feet above Hiroshima while smoke from the
burst of the first atomic bomb had spread over 10,000 feet on the
target at the base of the rising column.
Sixty-three years ago this morning at
8:15 the world changed. This is by
Hiroshima, August 6, 1945
Check this article by Krieger:
The Living Myths About Nuclear Murder: Remembering Hiroshima and
Nagasaki. He writes:
Yet, the fate of the world, and particularly the
fate of humanity, may hang on how we remember Hiroshima and
Nagasaki. If we remember the bombings of these cities as just
another point in human history, along with many other important
points, we may well lack the political will to deal effectively
with the challenges that nuclear weapons pose to humanity. If,
on the other hand, we remember these bombings as a turning point
in human history, a time at which peace became an imperative, we
may still find the political will to save ourselves from the
fate that befell the inhabitants of these two cities.
David Krieger is the President of the
Peace Foundation. He is the author of
Today Is Not a Good
Day for War.
Today is not a good day for war,
Not when the sun is shining,
And leaves are trembling in the breeze.
Today is not a good day for bombs to fall,
Not when clouds hang on the horizon
And drift above the sea.
Today is not a good day for young men to die,
Not when they have so many dreams
And so much still to do.
Today is not a good day to send missiles flying,
Not when the fog rolls in
And the rain is falling hard.
Today is not a good day for launching attacks,
Not when families gather
And hold on to one another.
Today is not a good day for collateral damage,
Not when children are restless
Daydreaming of frogs and creeks.
Today is not a good day for war,
Not when birds are soaring,
Filling the sky with grace.
No matter what they tell us about the other,
Nor how bold their patriotic calls,
Today is not a good day for war.
Thanks to John Shuck, who posted this on
Shuck and Jive on 8/06/2008 08:20:00 AM
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has published a
comprehensive analysis of the most pressing peace-related overtures to
be considered later this month at the 218th General Assembly.
You can download the
(four pages, in PDF format), or you can go to specific topics by
clicking on the titles below. There you will find the analysis in
html format, with helpful links to many of the overtures and reports
that are referenced.
The PDF document will provide you with a complete,
easy-to-print version for use during the Assembly.
The topics include:
Click here for the complete analysis (in PDF format).
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Update
[posted here 6-2-08]
2008 PEACEMAKING CONFERENCE
Working for God's Justice-Confronting Poverty
Chapman University Orange, CA
One-Day Walk-in Commuter Registration Form (Adobe Acrobat
After June 16, call Dayna
Oliver, Conference Registrar at 888-728-7228, ext. 5936 to register.
Registration closes June 20.
Promotional Bulletin Insert (Adobe Acrobat required)
|Peacemaking Conference looks at justice, poverty
July event set at Chapman University in southern
The causes and effects of poverty are the focus of
the 2008 Intergenerational Peacemaking Conference of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), July 15-19 on the campus of Chapman
University in Orange, CA.
The theme of the annual conference – sponsored by
the General Assembly Council’s Presbyterian Peacemaking and Hunger
Programs, the Presbyterian Washington and United Nations Offices,
Mission Responsibility Through Investment, the Child Advocacy Office
and the Office on Small Church and Community Ministry of the PC(USA)
– is “Sowing Mustard Seeds: Working for God’s Justice – Confronting
The conference is set against the backdrop of
economic globalization, which has created new forms of poverty with
more extreme disparities between the rich and the poor, conference
organizers say. The annual income of the richest 1 percent of the
world’s population is equal to that of the poorest 57 percent, with
over 24,000 people dying each day due to causes of poverty and
Conference participants will explore the
convergences of economic, political, cultural, and military systems
that force and facilitate the flow of wealth and power from
vulnerable persons, communities and countries to the more powerful.
Theological reflection and worship will be lead by
Rev. Mark Lomax, pastor of First African Presbyterian Church in
Lithonia, GA. He will be joined at the conference by keynote
speakers Anuradha Mittal, executive director of the Oakland
Institute, a policy think tank on social, economic and environmental
issues; Roberto Jordan, president of the Reformed Church in
Argentina; and Lisa Schirch, professor of peacebuilding at Eastern
Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA.
More in the
full report from Presbyterian News Service >>
Spiritual Leaders Do Their Job, Are We Doing Ours?
Witherspooner and energetic blogger John Shuck
offered this thought for Holy Week
The Dalai Lama calls for the world to take
"Whether intentionally or unintentionally,
some kind of cultural genocide is taking place," said the
Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. He was
referring to China's policy of encouraging the ethnic Han
majority to migrate to Tibet, restrictions on Buddhist
temples and re-education programs for monks. (Read
Pope Benedict XVI issued one of his
strongest appeals for peace in Iraq on Sunday...
The pope also denounced the 5-yearlong
Iraq war, saying it had provoked the complete breakup of
Iraqi civilian life. "Enough with the slaughters! Enough
with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!" Benedict
said to applause at the end of his Palm Sunday Mass in St.
Peter's Square. (Read
So, fellow preachers. Do we let the Pope and
the Dalai Lama have all the fun? Or do you think we ought to
speak out with our congregations, on our blogs, and wherever
else about stuff, that is like, important?
Visit Shuck’s “Shuck and Jive” blog >>
Peace Witness for Iraq
March 6 - 10, 2008
Washington, DC ... and around the country
Witness in Washington, Vigil in your Community
Join thousands of
Christians in Washington D.C. and across that country as we
worship and witness together to say “YES” to peace and “NO” to
the War in Iraq. Read our invitation and principles. Events
start Thursday, March 6 and end Monday, March 10.
The main source of information is
Witness website >>
Ways to get involved:
more and register to join the Washington Witness: The events
include workshops, worship services, an interfaith gathering...
See a map of events, a timeline, or register now!
● Host a
local vigil in your community on March 7th or sooner: Right now,
events are listed in PA, IN, OK, IL, CA, OH, TN, WA, GA, MD...
See the local events on a map, a timeline, or as a list.
● Read and
sign the Pledge for Peace
10,000 Feet of Hope: Whether or not you can come to Washington
in March you can be part of the web of resistance by offering a
strand of hope.
6th Annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days – Claiming a Vision of
begins Friday night after the Christian Peace Witness events,
and goes through the lobby day on Monday. Full registration
costs $160, Saturday only (use conference code “CPWI”) costs
$80. Learn more and
register for EAD.
This additional message comes from Rick Ufford-Chase,
Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
You can finally register for the Washington
to learn more about and register for the Washington Events, or
to register your own Lenten worship or witness for Peace on the
● There are
great workshops and nonviolence trainings on Thursday night the
6th and Friday morning the 7th.
● There are
nearly a dozen different Christian worship services to choose
from on Friday the 7th at noon.
● There are
plans for an Interfaith Witness and public action (during which
some may choose to risk arrest as an expression of conscience)
at the capitol.
will be a workshop on Saturday afternoon the 8th for those who
want to volunteer as local/regional organizers for ongoing CPWI
night there will be a Faith-Based Coffee House for Peace and
● If you
can’t come to D.C., register your own local service/witness to
end the war in Iraq on the CPWI website!
Check out the Pledge to
Seek Peace. You can sign online, and invite others to
sign as well.
Learn more about the new
Interfaith Peace Partners
about this emerging coalition because I think we are into a
new age of Interfaith relationships. Thirty years ago, the
task of reaching out beyond the boundaries of the Christian
faith was largely left to the leaders of our denomination,
or perhaps to pastors. Now, however, those relationships are
commonplace where we work and live, and most of us have the
opportunity to live the rich possibilities of those
relationships rather than simply learning about them second
opportunity is also a responsibility, of course. Our nation
is said to be the most religiously pluralistic in the world.
As my friend, Dr. Sayyid Syeed, the founder of the Islamic
Society of North America, has claimed, “we are responsible
to model for the world what healthy, multi-faith community
The Christian Peace Witness for Iraq and Olive
Branch Interfaith Peace Partners have planned the Washington
Witness to coincide with Ecumenical Advocacy Days.
to register now!
Check out the “Picturing Peace” Youtube video contest
line is that you have the chance to get in on the ground floor
on a movement that I believe is going to take off. Bring your
youth group for a witness you can trust will be principled,
thoughtful, and positive. Come with your Bible study or adult
group for some or all of the events. Fill minivans and buses,
and if you can’t make it to DC, remember that you can hold your
own service and witness locally around the county. Remember to
register your event at
Culture of Peace
The innovative design of this national
training program provides a holistic and practical foundation in
spiritually-grounded active nonviolence. Participants come to
recognize their own power for making personal and social changes
without violence and improve their skills for respectful
engagement with opponents, instead of confrontation that
polarizes and demonizes. Unlike trainings that focus only on
anti-war protest, Creating a Culture of Peace training is an
incubator for participants to raise issues which most concern
them — group controversy and conflict, neighborhood violence,
domestic violence, climate change, war and militarism,
discrimination, video games, homelessness, peace education, and
lack of health care. The training helps build a working
community for peacemaking, through a shared foundation, learning
new skills, and a guided experience in struggling and
The training is highly participatory and does not
depend on reading a book or lectures. It draws upon the wisdom,
experience and talents of all the participants and on the skills
and knowledge of trainers. Mutual learning occurs through
storytelling, meditation, small group sharing, brainstorming,
role plays, thought-provoking exercises, music and movement. CCP
offers training on nonviolence principles, analysis of social
change and community-building, skills for peacemaking and
Every group chooses and plans
concrete projects for change.
CCP emphasizes two forms of active
nonviolence: Constructive Nonviolence, where we must put most of
our time and effort, is about creating a just and peaceful
culture by developing new relationships, new practices, and new
institutions. Nonviolent Resistance includes tactics such as
boycotts, petitions, and rallies; it is designed to protest, and
even to interfere with, injustice and oppression. Both forms are
enhanced by increased democratic participation.
Creating a Culture of Peace is offered in
communities across the country and at Kirkridge Retreat and
Study Center in Bangor, Pennsylvania, where the CCP national
office is located. In its first four years, CCP traveled to 36
states and Palestine, trained thousands of participants and 350
trainers, and was adopted by national and regional faith groups
and Veterans for Peace. Janet Chisholm, who established and
coordinates CCP, refers trainers and provides resources,
materials, and consultation for community groups and the teams
of trainers. The CCP program reflects her experiences in
anti-poverty work, religious education, teaching children and
student teachers, peace activism and collaboration with other
trainers. She was inspired and challenged by her faith
tradition; the cloud of witnesses for peace, and her six years
at the Fellowship of Reconciliation as its executive and
nonviolence training coordinator.
Janet Chisholm, Bangor, PA
Thanks to John Shuck, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of
Elizabethton, Tennessee, which is cooperating with a number
of other churches and groups in East Tennessee to bring the
Culture of Peace program to their area on March 7, 8, and 9.
Click here >>
Stony Point will
join in Interfaith Dialogue on “Untangling the Roots of
Every day, religious violence affects people
around the world. While people of all faiths claim to worship a
God of peace, in the 21st century we're seeing
religious conviction increasingly breed extreme violence,
threatening our very survival. This year's Trinity Institute
conference brings together a panel of prominent Christian,
Jewish and Muslim voices to explore the deep roots of religious
conflict and illuminate each faith's vocation as a force for
peace – in ourselves, our families, our communities, and the
Webcast from Trinity Institute:
an Interfaith Dialogue,
Untangling the Roots of Conflict
January 21- 23,
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY
James H. Cone
Stony Point Center
website for more information on these respected theologians.
Katharine Jefferts Schori
For more information
and to register for this event, please call (845) 786-5674 or
visit our website.
Explore with a
panel of theologians how religion becomes entangled with
violence and what are the resources within each tradition for
living together in peace, without losing our unique identities.
gathering offers the full conference experience – keynotes live
via webcast from New York, and discussion groups to promote the
discovery of individual and community call to action, and the
realtime Q/A with the presenter through e-mail! Plus a special
reception with a classical piano concert and the special viewing
of Constantine's Sword.
All these at a
cost far less than attending the originating site in NYC,
without the stress and hassle of going to the biggest city,
parking and exorbitant lodging cost. View the conference in the
comfort of our Auditorium and participate in reflection groups.
Rev. Charles Ryu, Program Director
Stony Point Center
For our most recent posts on
peacemaking issues in 2010 >>
For an archive of our posts on peacemaking, 2005-07 >>
For our stories from
index to peacemaking issues, 2001-2002 >>
Some blogs worth visiting
Mitch Trigger, PVJ's
Secretary/Communicator, has created a Facebook page where
Witherspoon members and others can gather to exchange news and
views. Mitch and a few others have posted bits of news, both
personal and organizational. But there’s room for more!
You can post your own news and views,
or initiate a conversation about a topic of interest to you.
Voices of Sophia blog
Heather Reichgott, who has created
this new blog for Voices of Sophia, introduces it:
After fifteen years of scholarship
and activism, Voices of Sophia presents a blog. Here, we present the
voices of feminist theologians of all stripes: scholars, clergy,
students, exiles, missionaries, workers, thinkers, artists, lovers
and devotees, from many parts of the world, all children of the God
in whose image women are made. .... This blog seeks to glorify God
through prayer, work, art, and intellectual reflection. Through
articles and ensuing discussion we hope to become an active and
John Harris’ Summit to
Theological and philosophical
reflections on everything between summit to shore, including
kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology,
politics, culture, travel, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), New
York City and the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood by a progressive
New York City Presbyterian Pastor. John is a former member of the
Witherspoon board, and is designated pastor of North Presbyterian
Church in Flushing, NY.
John Shuck’s Shuck and Jive
A Presbyterian minister, currently
serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton,
Tenn., blogs about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized
and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and
Got more blogs to recommend?
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