2004.11.06 Wichita Eagle:
Posted on Sat, Nov. 06, 2004
Author to talk about peace in Wichita area
BY ABE LEVY
The Wichita Eagle
It's a word that author and lecturer Jim Forest thinks needs clarification.
It's been politicized and at times ignored by various traditions within the
"It's been a damaged word," said Forest, 63.
"If one listens to it in the context of the Bible or liturgy in the
Orthodox Church, you see it has to be a willingness to enter into some kind
To highlight its meaning and significance, Forest will give lectures at
Bethel College in North Newton and St. George Christian Orthodox Church and
Inter Faith Villa in Wichita from Nov. 11-13.
Forest, who was raised Methodist in New Jersey, became a Roman Catholic in
1960 and is now an Eastern Orthodox Christian and secretary of that
tradition's Orthodox Peace Fellowship. He is also editor of the Orthodox
publication "In Communion."
"I like how his faith has driven his political attitudes," said the Rev.
Gary Cox of University Congregational Church in Wichita and a leader with
People of Faith for Peace, an interfaith group of peace advocates that is
sponsoring Forest's talk at Inter Faith Villa.
"As a nation we go to war too quickly. We don't save it for a last resort."
Forest, who lives near Amsterdam, Holland, has been a peace advocate since
the 1960s. He was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1961 as a conscientious
He joined the Catholic Worker Movement in New York led by social activist
and journalist Dorothy Day.
In the late 1960s, he spoke out against the Vietnam War and traveled with
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and poet. He was also
imprisoned for taking part in burning draft records.
Today, he is a lecturer and free-lance author, which allows him a chance to
listen to and learn what others think about peace issues.
Like others, peace advocates "can specialize in glaring at people and
behaving as if our neighbor was the enemy," he said.
"From a Christian point of view, this is disaster."
His talks next week are free and open to the public.
IF YOU GO
JIM FOREST LECTURES ON PEACE
Thursday, Bethel College, North Newton: 9:30-10:45 a.m., Room KSC 121, and
7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium.
Friday, Inner Faith Villa, 848 N. Market, 8 a.m., free breakfast and
lecture; Eighth Day Books, 2838 E. Douglas, 7 to 9 p.m.
Nov. 13, St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, 7515 E. 13th St., 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
Reach Abe Levy at 268-6228 or alevy@....
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