Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Shalom 2006: 20-22 October.

Update: I’m placing this back up at the top again because I really want to help advertise a good group of folks. MLW-W

I have mentioned before my friends in the Pentecostal Charismatic Peace Fellowship. At its beginnings, the Pentecostal movement was almost entirely pacifist, but the majority of those denominations have since become very militant, especially in the U.S. A few years ago, a multi-racial group of younger leaders (Assemblies of God, Church of God in Christ, etc.) formed the PCPF to try to recover the earlier witness. Last year, they held their first conference, Shalom 2005, and invited me as one of their keynote speakers–due to my work with Every Church a Peace Church and with the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America & the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Despite my unease with some aspects of Pentecostal worship (endless praise songs with words on overhead projectors, for instance), I had a great time and was excited with the evidence of God working through these, mostly young, on-fire Christians. Currently 1/4 of all Christians globally are some form of Pentecostal–imagine if even 20% of them dedicated themselves to active peacemaking?

So, I’ll advertize this year’s conference, even though this time I won’t be able to attend.:

Shalom 2006: Seeking the Peace of the City
October 20-22, 2006
Philadelphia, PA
Speakers Include….

  • Joseph Clemmons (CT State Rep. and Church of God in Christ Pastor, Brooklyn, NY)

  • Ron Sider (Mennonite minister; Professor of Theology and Culture @ Palmer Theological Seminary; prolific author, & Founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, Philadelphia, PA)

  • Hanan Charaf Mullins (Lebanese Christian archeologist and activist, San Dimas, CA)

  • Mark V.C. Taylor (Pastor, Church of the Open Door, Brooklyn, NY)

  • Elisha Morris (Anti-violence activist, Philadelphia, PA)

  • Paul Grabill (Pastor, State College Assembly of God, PA)

  • Ann Riggs (Quaker theologian; Assoc. Gen. Sec. for Faith & Order, National Council of Churches, Washington DC)

  • Jackie Johns (Pastor and Professor of Discipleship and Christian Formation, Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, TN)

Location: Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA

Accomodations and Meals at the Seminary:
$175 (alternate accomodations and scholarships are available)
Click here for a poster and registration form.

For more information please contact Christa Savely or Marlon Millner.

Especially if you live in the area or are Pentecostal or Charismatic, I encourage you to attend. If you are Pentecostal, charismatic, or know Christians who are, please pass on this information to them. The more sections of the global Body of Christ recover the radical gospel nonviolence of the New Testament and the early church, the better off everyone will be!


September 17, 2006 - Posted by | peacemaking


  1. Hey guy, DR JACKIE JOHNS is a personal friend of mine. A very close, personal friend of mine!

    He’s a tremendous shepherd, preacher, leader, instructor and a wonderful, godly man!

    Go to the conference, you will enjoy it. Give Jackie a huge hug for me, please.

    Comment by Phil Hoover, Chicago | September 12, 2006

  2. You go, I can’t this year as I said.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | September 12, 2006

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