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The EDC/FMC Peace & Justice Committee, without a chairperson for several years, is no longer meeting, and there are currently no plans for a 2019 peace retreat or other activities. Inquiries about future Conference-sponsored peace & justice work should be directed to the Conference office: office@FranconiaConference.org.
This web page is currently maintained only for reference.
(Also see the June 2018 newsletter - page 4).

A Feast of Courage in the Heart of Winter
January 17th, 2017

All are invited to Plains Mennonite Church on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 pm to be inspired and provoked as Todd Wynward, Mennonite pastor and author of Rewilding the way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God, shares modern-day examples of communities of faith practicing creative resistance, everyday courage, and prophetic imagination. See the event flyer here.


Building a Better Peace
January 5th, 2017

Here are some stories that relate to the presentation by Maryann Cusimano Love in conjunction with the 2016 Christmas Peace Pilgrimage.

Peace breaking out around the world – by the numbers

Peace Building in Syria


Veterans Day Witting Trees
January 5th, 2017

Peaceful Living and Plains Mennonite Church are among the organizations that participate in an annual Witting Tree remembrance to acknowledge the military veterans who carry the burdens of war.


Native American Learning Tour
January 5th, 2017

Here are some brief reports on the MCC Native American Learning Tour, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2016.


Winner for Book Drawing
November 12th, 2016

Rewilding the Way

John Drescher-Lehman is the winner of the drawing for a copy of Todd Wynward’s book “Rewilding the Way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God.” The drawing was held in conjunction with the FMC-EDC Fall Assembly, Nov. 4-5, 2016, at Penn View Christian School.

Mass Incarceration
November 4th, 2016
    
    
  • It’s not about crime.
  • It’s not about keeping the public safe.
  • It’s about making money for major U.S. and multinational corporations.

Here are a few examples:


Prison Speaking Tour 2017
November 4th, 2016

Men and women who have spent time incarcerated in state and federal prisons are available to speak from personal experience about what Mass Incarceration looks like in Pennsylvania – and what needs to change. Speaker training is provided by organizations that provide support for people returning from prison. Churches and community groups … read more »


Berks Detention Center – October Update
October 14th, 2016

Shut Down Berks

Shut Down Berks Vigil
Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM
1040 County Road, Leesport, PA
Organized by Shut Down Berks Interfaith Witness and Make the Road PA. For more information, contact Luis at 610-507-7111.

See the October and August 2016 issues of Peace and Justice News for an overview of the current situation at the Berks County Residential Center (immigrant family detention center), where 22 mothers began a hunger strike in August. The links below provide more details about what has been happening.


Pennsylvania Shalom Conference
October 10th, 2016

Here are some links to stories that relate to the report on the Pennsylvania Shalom Conference in the October issue of Peace and Justice News.

American Friends Service Committee – Listening Project


Prisoners on Strike in 12 States
October 10th, 2016

Peace Resources

Here are a few links from our Peace Resource pages: (If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact the PJC).


Contact the Peace and Justice Committee

For further information about the PJC or any of the activities listed here, please contact us.
We welcome opportunities to work together with other Mennonite peace committees on issues of mutual concern.
Also see the Peace Resource page for other Peace and Justice resources.