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    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 Peace. It s a word that author
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      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

      Peace.

      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
      Christian faith.

      "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
      of community."

      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
      objector.

      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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