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Peace Gatherings and Events -- 2012

January 12 (Thursday, 8:00-10:00 am) Harleysville, PA    [Snow Date: Jan. 26]
"Sharpening our Current Vision for Peace & Justice": A conversation on pressing peace and justice issues.
(To register, click here.) A $6 contribution is requested for the breakfast.
Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 529 Yoder Road, Harlyesville, PA.
February 10 (Friday 8:00-10:00 am) Harleysville, PA
Pastors & Leaders Breakfast "Worship and Mission After Christendom" with Alan & Eleanor Kreider, authors of the book by the same title. Alan and Eleanor served at the London Mennonite Centre in London, England for many years as well as faculty at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. They were part of founding the Anabaptist Network in the United Kingdom and have done much work in what it means to minister in a Post Christendom world. You won't want to miss this lively and engaging interaction with them! (To register for this event, click here.)
Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 529 Yoder Road, Harlyesville, PA. Sponsored by Peace and Justice Committee with Franconia Mennonite Conference and Eastern District Conference. Contact Gay Brunt Miller (, 267-932-6050, x124) for more information.
February 10-12 (Fri.-Sun.) Spruce Lake Winter Peace Retreat.
Adult Program:Being Church in the Empire with Alan and Eleanor Kreider
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 24-26, 2012 (Fri. pm - Sun.) Anti-Racism Analysis Training (Damascus Road).
Location: Philadelphia Mennonite High School. See or contact Sharon Williams, (610) 277-1729.
For information about other anti-racism training opportunities and scholarships, see
March 18, 2012 (Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm) Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness (LIPW) Spring Peace Forum with Dr. Richard T. Hughes speaking on "The American Empire & the Kingdom of God". Dr. Hughes is Distinguished Professor of Religion, and Director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College.
Location: Church of the Apostles,1850 Marietta Ave, Lancaster PA. Church of the Apostles is inviting attendees to bring non-perishable canned goods for their food pantry. For details, see
March 19-21, 2012 (Monday-Wednesday) Centerville, MD     Anti-Racism Training workshop
"Nurturing Wholeness in Community". Cost is $250, including room and board. Location: Pecometh River Retreat Center, 136 Bookers Wharf Road, Centreville, MD 21617
For details, see announcement.
March 23-26, 2012 (Fri.-Mon.) Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington, DC area.
Is THIS the Fast I Seek? Economy, Livelihood and Our National Priorities - 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 $180 ($195 after March 2), 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
March 24, 2012 (Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm) Valley Forge, PA
Prison Ministry event, beginning with the film "Concrete, Steel, and Paint" which documents the Philadelphia mural arts department working with crime victims and Graterford inmates to create murals of healing for Philadelphia. Program will discuss opportunities for prison ministry in eastern Pennsylvania.
Location: St. Matthew’s UM Church, 600 Walker Road, Wayne, PA 19087.
See for details and registration , or contact Pastor Dawn Taylor-Storm at (610) 688-7055,
April 15-16, 2012 (Sunday - Monday)     National Days of Action for Peace in Colombia
April 15: 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 16: 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, or contact Theo Sitther, 202-544-6564 x118
April 21, 2012 (Saturday 8:30am-3:00pm) Allentown, PA     "Expanding the Circle of Protection"
Annual Bread for the World workshop - in partnership with local anti-hunger organizations.
Keynote Speakers:
  • Rev. Tony Sundermeier, senior pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, and
  • 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 details, see or contact LCCC office at 610-433-6421 or Larry Hollar:
    April 29, 2012 (Sunday, 2:00pm) Philadelphia, PA
    Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation. For details, see
    June 2, 2012 (Saturday, 8:30am - 1:00pm) Philadelphia: Oxford Circle MC
    Alternatives: Career Options for Urban Youth. Urban youth with limited family resources are often faced with tough choices when looking at career options. This workshop will provide tools and resources for pastors, youth/young adult leaders and youth workers to support the youth they work with in finding career and voluntary service opportunities. Workshop sessions will also be open to youth and young adults.
    Location: Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, 900 E. Howell St. Philadelphia, PA 19149. This event is sponsored by Kingdom Builders and other organizations with the support of the Peace & Justice Committee. See for details.
    July 1, 2012 (Sunday) Christian Citizenship Sunday MCUSA has discontinued official support for Christian Citizenship Sunday; however, see worship resources available at or
    July 9 to September 24, 2012 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 at here or contact Bob Moyer (215-766-0825)
    September 14-20, 2012 Philadelphia, Akron, Harrisburg, Messiah College
    Gun Violence Prevention Storytelling Tour
    The Gospel of Jesus and Gun Violence: Personal stories about faith and firearms.
    These presentations will explore violence in our communities and the impact of illegal weapons on that violence. Hear stories of the role guns play in our lives, learn about the illegal flow of guns, and reflect on ways that Christians in America are responding to the crisis of gun violence. Drick Boyd (Eastern University), Curtis Book (MCC) and others will share.
  • Friday, Sept. 14, 10 am, McInnis Auditorium, Eastern University
  • Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 pm, Circle of Hope Church, 1125 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
  • Saturday, Sept. 15, 6:00pm Potluck, 7:00pm Storytelling Tour Akron Mennonite Church, 1311 Diamond St., Akron, PA 17501
  • For more details and other locations, see
    September 21-23, 2012 (Fri.-Sun.) CANCELLED
    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 23, 2012   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
    September 23-24, 2012 (Sunday 3pm; Monday 11am) Lancaster, PA
    Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - lectures.
    Sunday: War and the Soul, 3pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Fondersmith Auditorium, South Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
    Monday: Religion in the Internet Age, 11am in the Santee Chapel at Lancaster Theological Seminary.
    The lectures are co-sponsored by Lancaster Theological Seminary, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness. For additional information, see the LIPW announcement.

    Undoing Racism

    This basic anti-racism workshop session runs for 2 1/2 consecutive days (e.g. Friday evening through Sunday afternoon). Registration deadline for the session is two weeks before the session begins:

    October 5-7, 2012 (Fri.-Sun.)
    Changing Racism: A Personal Approach to Multiculturalism, Inclusion, and Equity
    Location: National Christian Conference Center
    1485 Valley Forge Road
    Phoenixville, PA 19481
    Cost: $300.00 - including single room and meals!
    Oct. 5, beginning with dinner at 6:30 p.m. through Oct. 7 - ending by 3:00 p.m. See EPA announcement for details and registration.

    For more information on other 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, or Robert Walden, 610-861-0653,

    October 10, 2012 (Wednesday, 7:00pm) Lancaster, PA
    Nelly del Cid, a Peacebuilder from Honduras, is an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy and the Director of Mercy Dreamweavers in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, as well as the Coordinator of the Alternatives to Violence Project. She will speak on political, human rights and environmental conditions in her country. A social time will follow the hour long program.
    Location: Fondersmith Auditorium, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 South Duke St., Lancaster. Sponsored by the Latin American Interest Group of the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness. For additional information, see the LIPW announcement.
    October 18, 2012 (Thursday, 8-10am) Harleysville, PA     Pastors/Leaders Breakfast
    Acting Like Christians: Peace-making Within and Beyond the Body of Christ with Samantha Lioi. Cost: $6.55 (includes breakfast).
    Location: Hennings Market, 290 Main St., Harleysville, PA.
    To register for this event (by October 12) click here.
    October 20, 2012 (Saturday 8:30am-1:30pm) Allentown, PA
    A Modest Dream: A Place to Call Home - affordable housing, homelessness, and public policy -- with multiple plenary speakers and workshops. This event will focus on how local congregations and individuals can respond to the housing crisis.
    Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 8th and Walnut Streets, Allentown, PA. Sponsored by Lehigh County Conference of Churches / Justice & Advocacy, and partner organizations. See for details and registration.
    November 9, 2012 (Friday, 9:30am-2:30pm) Bethlehem, PA
    Economic Democracy Then and Now: Renewing an Ecumenical Tradition with Gary Dorrien who is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University, and an ordained Episcopal priest. He is the author of 14 books and approximately 250 articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. Location: Prosser Auditorium, Moravian Seminary, 60 W. Locust St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. For more details, see Moravian Seminary announcement. Pre-registration (by Nov. 2nd) is required, but free.
    November 17, 2012 (Saturday, 3:30-6:00 pm) Philadelphia, PA
    Broken on All Sides movie screening, discussion, and net-working event. Sponsored by a coalition of many organizations opposed to Pennsylvania’s death penalty.
    Location: International House, 3701Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Free admission.
    December 2, 2012 (Sunday, 3:00 pm) Lancaster, PA
    Maria Santelli, Director of the Center on Conscience & War in Washington D.C., will speak on issues of war and conscience at Lancaster church of the Brethren. This will be a good opportunity to get an update on issues of conscience related towar and military enlistment.
    Location: Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Avenue, Lancaster 17601. Enter the church via the back doors at the car port at the rear of the parking lot.
    December 8, 2012 (Saturday: Nazareth to Bethlehem, PA)
    53rd 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. Guest speaker after supper will be Rev. Dr. Christine Nelson, Executive Director of Lehigh County Conference of Churches.
    For more information, see
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    Last Updated: 11/12/2012
    Created: September 9, 2011