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Peace Gatherings and Events -- 2013

January 10, 2013 (Thursday, 8:00-10:00 am) Harleysville, PA
Pastors & Leaders Breakfast: "Supporting Christian Peace-Builders in U.S. War-Culture" with Rev. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.
Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Kelly Denton-Borhaug began to investigate the links between Christian understandings of sacrifice and U.S. militarism and war. She has authored U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation, which relates to the theme of this yearŐs Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake Retreat.
(To register, click here.) A $6.50 contribution is requested for the breakfast.
Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 529 Yoder Road, Harlyesville, PA. Sponsored by Peace and Justice Committee with Franconia Mennonite Conference and Eastern District Conference.
January 20, 2013 (Sunday, 2:30 pm) Lancaster, PA
Working for a Constructive Relationship Between US, Iran and Israel -- with Ms. Kate Gould, who is the Legislative Associate for Middle East Policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a Quaker lobby in the public interest fielding the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness.
Location: Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E Roseville Road, Lancaster, PA.
For more information see
February 8-10, 2013 (Fri.-Sun.) Spruce Lake Winter Peace Retreat.
Adult Program:How Did War Get to Be Religious? Supporting Christian Peace-Builders in U.S. War-Culture with Kelly Denton-Borhaug
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 21, 2013 (Thursday, 8:00-10:00 am) Harleysville, PA
Pastors & Leaders Breakfast: "Illegal Handguns and the Law of Sin & Death"
llegal trafficking of hand guns is big business. Poor com-munities are paying the price. What can Christians do to be a faithful witness to Jesus in light of the bloodshed and greed?
Speakers: J. Frederick Kauffman (MCC-East Coast) and Drick Boyd (Professor at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA). A $6.50 contribution is requested for the breakfast.
Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 529 Yoder Road, Harlyesville, PA.
February 22-24, 2013 (Fri. pm - Sun.) Anti-Racism Training "See with New Eyes"
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 1-3, 2013 (Fri. pm - Sun.) Sustainable Food & Farming Conference
"Growing and Eating Faithfully" is a gathering to inspire and equip those who grow food sustainably and those who want to support them by buying local, fresh and wholesome food. For details, see announcement. Location: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mount Pleasant, PA
March 16, 2013 (Saturday, 5pm) Bethlehem, PA.
LEPOCO Peace Center annual dinner. Music at 5pm, Dinner at 5:30pm, followed by program.
Medea Benjamin, cofounder of human rights group Global Exchange and peace group CODEPINK, is keynote speaker. Details TBA. See
March 17, 2013 (Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm) Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness (LIPW) Spring Peace Forum: Spirituality, Nonviolence and Public Life with Fr. John Dear, SJ. who is is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. He is a Jesuit priest, pastor, peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, retreat leader, and the author/editor of 25 books.
Location: First Presbyterian Church,140 E Orange Street, Lancaster, PA.
For details, see
April 5-8, 2013 (Fri.-Mon.) Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington, DC area.
At God's Table: Food Justice for a Healthy World - 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 15), which includes some meals. Lodging at the Doubletree Crystal City is an additional $122 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
April 27, 2013 (Saturday 8:30am-3:00pm) Allentown, PA     "A Place at the Table"
Annual Bread for the World workshop - in partnership with local anti-hunger organizations.
Keynote Speaker: 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 28, 2013 (Sunday, 2:00pm) Philadelphia, PA
Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation. For details, see
July 7, 2013 (Sunday) Christian Citizenship Sunday MCUSA has discontinued official support for Christian Citizenship Sunday; however, see worship resources available at or
July 8 to mid-October, 2013 Vegetable Basket Program
Donated fruits and vegetables are collected from local farmers and gardeners, coordinated by the Food Trust again this year. Food collections are Mondays at 9:00am, beginning on July 8. See the details here

View the documentary film "A Place at the Table" on the big screen. After the film, there will be opportunity for discussion and conversation with representatives of hunger and advocacy organizations.

September 21, 2013 (Saturday, 7-9pm) Philadelphia, PA
"Conversations on Race and the Church", with Drew Hart and Ben Walter. Drew Hart is a brilliant young Black Anabaptist, associate pastor at Montco Bible Fellowship in Lansdale and PhD student at Lutheran Theological Seminary. Ben Walter is co-pastor with the Ripple Allentown congregation. Drew and Ben will model a conversation on race, with questions for each other, Drew will offer some of his own reflections and teaching, and we'll have time for discussion. See for more about Drew and to read some of his latest writing.
Location: Germantown Historic Meeting House, 6133 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144 Ph. (215)-843-0943. Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Committee.
September 22, 2013   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 22, 2013 (Sunday, 3pm) Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness (LIPW) Autumn Peace Forum: Approaches to Reasonable Gun Regulation with J. Richard Gray, Mayor of Lancaster; response and discussion led by attorney J. Dwight Yoder. Mayor Gray is a former defense lawyer, a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Chair of the National Local Government Advisory Committee. Mr. Yoderis a partner with Gibbel, Kraybill, and Hess, practicing in Civil Rights Litigation.
Location: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Fondersmith Auditorium, South Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
The lecture is sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness. For additional information, see the LIPW announcement.
September 28, 2013 (Saturday, 11am-2pm) Philadelphia
Symposium on the State of Veterans Affairs in Philadelphia
Covers topics of economic justice for veterans, voices of women vets, backlog of VA claims...veterans' specific, concrete needs and realities. Organized by Pointman Soldiers Heart Ministry, and co-sponsored by Franconia Mennonite Conference.
Location: Triumph Baptist Church, 1648 W. Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19140.
For more information contact: James "Jim" Abram: 484-557-3243 or Ari Merretazon: 215-850-1699
RSVP: 215-475-6035 by September 10, 2013   See this flyer (pdf) for details.
October 5, 2013 (Saturday, 9am-3pm) Reading, PA
The Social Principles: Our Call to Action Keynote speaker: Jim Winkler, General Secretary of United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.
Workshop topics for morning and afternoon breakout sessions:
  • Bread for the World: Building Political Will to End Hunger
  • The Church's Response to HIV/AIDS
  • Gun Violence (Heeding God's Call)
  • Climate Change
  • Marcellus Shale & Fracking
  • Genetically Engineered Food
  • Challenging Racism
  • Justice as a Pathway to Peace
  • Justice through Immigration Reform
  • In Her Shoes: Human Trafficking
  • Pornography, Sexual Compulsivity, and Sexual Misconduct
  • Dare to Care: Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children
  • Gambling, Alcohol & Other Drugs: Preventing Harm
  • Working with Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • Advocacy 101: Don't Just Stand There.....
  • Implementing Social Principles in the Church
Location: West Lawn United Methodist Church, 15 Woodside Avenue Reading, PA.
Cost: $25, includes lunch and resource materials. Registration deadline is Saturday, Sept. 21.
See this announcement (PDF) for complete program information and registration form.
October 22, 2013 (Thursday, 7:30pm) Bethlehem, PA
Chris Hedges, Moravian College Seventh Peace and Justice Scholar in Residence, will speak on his most recent book, "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt," asking how America, the "Land of Opportunity," became a nation marked by both enclaves of enormous wealth and blighted "sacrifice zones," and what can be done to create a more humane social order.
Location: Prosser Auditorium, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA.
The lecture is free, but pre-registration is required. For details and registration, see
November 9, 2013 (Saturday 8:30am-3:00pm) Allentown, PA
The Heart of Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Fear, Violence, Punishment, Retaliation. This workshop will focus on the high cost (human and financial) of our current criminal justice system, and alternatives that could benefit everyone.
Location: Sacred Heart Hospital, 421 Chew St., Allentown, PA 18102.
Sponsored by Lehigh County Conference of Churches / Justice & Advocacy, and partner organizations. See for details and registration.
December 14, 2013 (Saturday: Nazareth to Bethlehem, PA)
54th 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 Peter Lems who is the program director for Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran at the American Friends Service Committee.
For more information, see

Last Updated: 8/28/2013
Created: August 27, 2012