PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Eastern District Conference / Franconia Mennonite Conference

Events Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Committee



Peace & Justice Workshops and Fall Gatherings

DATEDESCRIPTION
September 21, 2013
Saturday
7:00-9:00PM
Peace and Justice fall gathering:
"Conversation on Race and the Church", with Drew Hart and Ben Walter. Drew Hart is 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 drewgihart.com for more about Drew and to read some of his latest writing.
Location: Germantown Mennonite Historic Meetinghouse, Philadelphia, PA
March 10, 2012
Saturday
8:30AM-12:00N
A "Peace Education Resource Workshop" for congregational leaders includes resources for children, youth, and adults: Sunday School classes, study groups, leadership training, community engagement, and learning tours. It is presented by the Peace & Justice Committee with our conference-related schools. Resources presented at the workshop are included on the web page peaceyear.ppjr.org.
Location: Towamencin Mennonite Church, Kulpsville, PA.
October 8, 2011
Saturday
8:30AM-12:30PM
Peace and Justice fall gathering:
"Anger and Relational Peacemaking"
Guest panelists include:
  • Dr. MaryLynne Black, Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr. Daniel Lyons, General Practitioner
  • James Leary, Souderton Police Chief
  • Registration/coffee begins at 8:30am; program is 9:00-12:30.
    Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 529 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA
    March 22, 2011
    Tuesday
    7:00PM
      and
    May 24, 2011
    Tuesday
    7:30PM
    "Hunters and Non-Hunters for Gun Violence Prevention".
    Speakers are Bryan Miller, Executive Director of Ceasefire New Jersey, the Garden State's leading organization devoted to reducing gun violence, and Drick Boyd, Professor of Urban and Interdisciplinary Studies at Eastern University. Miller and Boyd are founding members of "Heeding God's Call," a multi faith organization which advocates for common sense laws pertaining to gun sales.
    Location: Towamencin Mennonite Church, Kulpsville, PA.
    November 20, 2010
    Saturday
    8:30AM-2:00PM
    "A Place to Call Home: Welcoming New Immigrant Neighbors"
    Morning plenary presentions and open discussion,led by Peter Pedemonti, Zac Steele, Tammy Alexander and Bob Walden. Beginning with a biblical-theological framework, the workshop looks at the questions: Who are the new immigrants - in our communities and in our churches? Why do they come here? How do they impact community life? What are the issues concerning U.S. immigration law and enforcement?
    An afternoon workshop on "Public Policy and Legislative Issues," led by Tammy Alexander follows lunch.
    Location: Towamincin Mennonite Church, Kulpsville, PA.
    October 16, 2010
    Saturday
    9:00AM-1:00PM
    Peace and Justice fall gathering:
    "Building Effective Partnerships: Conversation on Culture, Money & Kingdom Building Across the Urban-Suburban-Rural Divide". This event will intentionally engage the fault-lines of culture and finance in Kingdom Building efforts through scriptural reflection and interactive small and large group discussion. Morning conversation will be followed by lunch provided by urban congregations.
    Location: Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, Philadelphia, PA.
    October 10, 2009
    Saturday
    9:00AM-1:00PM
    Peace and Justice fall gathering:
    "Seeking Peace: A Conversation to Encourage Congregational Justice and Peace Education and Action"
    Sharing about peace and justice work in our local congregations, and introducing new peace resources.
    Location: Franconia Mennonite Church,
    April 5, 2009
    Sunday
    2:30-5:00PM
    "Was Jesus a Conscientous Objector?". Created primarily for Youth, a separate session for adults will be held concurrently, with some time for both age groups to meet together. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the issues surrounding conscientious objection to war and militarism, hear stories of past C.O.s, and encourage each other in saying a conscientious "yes" to following Jesus. Pizza will be served. Led by the West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship's Peace Group, the seminar is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Committee.
    Location: Methacton Mennonite Church, 3081 Mill Road, Norristown, PA.
    October 25, 2008
    Saturday
    9:30AM-1:00PM
    Peace and Justice fall gathering:
    "Sustainable Living Festival" with displays, discussion, and local foods potluck.
    Joy Bergey, environmental activist and writer, will speak on "Keeping Peace with the Earth".
    Location: Germantown Mennonite Church, Philadelphia, PA.
    October 13, 2007
    Saturday
    8:30AM-1:30PM
    Peace and Justice fall gathering:
    "Getting in the Way: Nonviolent Peacemaking" with Peggy and Art Gish who are frequently in Palestine and Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams. There will also be leadership resources for local church peace and justice work, and participant discussion time.
    Location: Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, PA.
    March 25, 2007
    Sunday
    2:00AM-5:00PM
    "Why Object: Military Enlistment, Conscientious Objection, and Voluntary Service" with Titus Peachey.
    If war is wrong...what do we do about all the violence and evil in the world? Don't we have some responsibility to protect the innocent? Can we just stand by and do nothing while violence happens? What are our options? Join us for an afternoon of worship, discussion, and pizza focused on issues of military recruitment, conscientious objection and voluntary service. Youth, parents, youth leaders, and young adults are welcome.
    Location: Franconia Mennonite Church (in the Upper Fellowship Hall), Telford, PA.
    October 21,2006
    Saturday
    9:00AM-1:00PM
    Peace and Justice fall gathering:
    "Biblical Roots of Peacemaking" with Dr. Gordon Brubacher. Also: leadership resources for local church peace and justice work.
    Location: Wellspring Church of Skippack.
    October 22, 2005
    Saturday
    9:00AM-1:00PM
    Peace and Justice fall gathering:
    "Making Peace with the Earth" Will include parallel workshops on several justice issues and leadership resources for local church peace and justice work.
    Location: Plains Mennonite Church, Lansdale, PA.
    November 20, 2004
    Saturday
    9:00AM-1:00PM
    Peace and Justice fall gathering:
    "Peacemaking in Church and Community" with J. Daryl Byler, Director of the Washington, D.C. Office of Mennonite Central Committee.
    Location: Deep Run East Mennonite Church.
    October 18, 2003
    Saturday
    8:30AM-12:00N
    Peace and Justice fall gathering:
    There will be resource displays, information about new peace resources, and time to share with each other about our local peacemaking activities. The seminar will start with registration and coffee and will wrap up by noon.
    Location: Zion Mennonite Church, Souderton, PA.

    Peace & Justice Pastors and Leaders Breakfast Seminars

    Watch video recordings for recent events at franconiaconference.org/media/video-gallery or listen to audio recordings at franconiaconference.org/media/audio-gallery.
    DATEDESCRIPTION
    January 10, 2013
    Thursday
    8:00AM-10:00AM
    "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 year's 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.
    October 18, 2012
    Thursday
    8:00AM-10:00AM
    "Acting Like Christians: Peace-making Within and Beyond the Body of Christ" with Samantha Lioi. Cost: $6.55 (includes breakfast).
    To register for this event (by October 12) click here.
    Download the podcast at franconiaconference.org/media/audio-gallery.
    Location: Hennings Market, 290 Main St., Harleysville, PA.
    February 10, 2012
    Friday
    8:00AM-10:00AM
    "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.)
    View the video recording of this event at franconiaconference.org/news/missionaries-encourage-missional-imagination.
    Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 529 Yoder Road, Harlyesville, PA.
    January 12, 2012
    Thursday
    8:00AM-10:00AM
    "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.
    View the video recording of this event at franconiaconference.org/media/video-gallery. Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 529 Yoder Road, Harlyesville, PA.
    September 29, 2011
    Thursday
    8:00AM-10:00AM
    "A Place to Call Home: Our New Immigrant Neighbors". Peter Pedemonti (New Sanctuary Movement, Philadelphia), Maria Byler (Philadelphia Praise Center), and Bob Walden (Peace & Justice Committee and West Swamp Mennonite Church) will lead breakfast conversation. Who are the new immigrants in our congregations and communities, and why did they come here? Starting from a biblical framework, the discussion will address particularly the difficult questions about our undocumented immigrants and provide an overview of immigration issues through personal stories of local immigrants. Also, there will be a brief review of resources for sermons and group study.
    Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 529 Yoder Road, Harlyesville, PA.
    Download the podcast at franconiaconference.org/media/audio-gallery.
    February 12, 2010
    Friday
    8:00AM-10:00AM
    "Pastoral Care for People with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" with Carolyn H. Heggen. We will examine some of the common spiritual issues and core question for victims of PTSD. We will then look at the the role of pastors in helping create communities of healing and grace.
    Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 529 Yoder Road, Harlyesville, PA.
    October 7, 2008
    Tuesday
    9:30AM-10:45AM
    "Keeping the faith during election times (and beyond.)" Jim Longacre will lead discussion with pastors (and other interested persons).
    Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 771 Route 113, Souderton, PA 18964.
    September 16, 2004
    Saturday
    8:00AM-10:30PM
    "Preaching Peace" with Walter Sawatzky. In these times of major military conflict and political inclinations to prove who is the most patriotic, how do Mennonite pastors preach about peace? As we seek to become missional and the personal and theological diversity increases in our congregations, what are constructive ways to preach and teach about Christ's way of peace?
    Location: Mennonite Conference Center, Souderton, PA.
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