Upcoming Peace & Justice Events
- 6-8 May 2007 Churches for a Middle East Peace is hosting “For the Peace of Jerusalem,” an advocacy conference for a just peace in Palestine-Israel. It will be held at Lutheran Church of the Reformation and National City Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), both in Washington, D.C.
- On 10-11 June 2007, the 40th anniversary of Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza strip (going beyond the UN agreed borders of 1948-1967), Washington, D.C. will be the site of a huge rally, teach-in and lobby day known as The World Says “NO!” to Israeli Occupation! It is co-sponsored by the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and United for Peace with Justice.
- Speaking of UFPJ, their 3rd National Assembly will be held in Chicago, IL on 22-24 June.
- 23-28 July 2007 is the annual summer conference (“peace camp”) of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. This year it will be held in my neck of the woods, on the campus of Berea College, Berea, KY. Theme, “As the Powers Fall”: Sustaining our Faith and One Another as Empire Crumbles. This is one conference where you can bring the whole family. We always have programming (and games) for children and separate programming for youth and young adults as well as things where everyone is together. We have worship, Bible studies, preaching, workshops, and usually a chance to be involved in local actions. It is part conference and part revival and the kids have taught us to call it “peace camp.” We always have people from all over the world, not just the nations of BPFNA (Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba). Conference speakers this year will include Wendell Berry, Rita Nakashima Brock, Mennonite biblical scholar Vern Ratzlaff, performance artist Al Staggs (known for his one man shows on Bonhoeffer, Clarence Jordan, Walter Rauschenbusch, and the Sermon on the Mount), and many more.
- The 3rd Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking (previously called the annual Conference on Gandhian Nonviolence) will be held on the campus of Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN on 26-27 October. Theme: “Building the Beloved Community.” Conference speakers include Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Sister Helen Prejean (the nun portrayed in the movie “Dead Man Walking” and currently the most famous death penalty abolitionist in the U.S.), Frida Berrigan (daughter of the late Phil Berrigan, longtime Catholic peace activist) an arms control and reduction expert and board member of the War Resisters’ League, and others. There is a call for papers on the website linked to this event.
If you know of other peace and justice events, especially if they are faith-related, let me know and I will advertize them.
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