"Seeking Peace: The Courage to Be Non-Violent" Peace C onference - Sept. 8-11
- Seeking Peace: The Courage to Be Non-Violent Peace Conference and Christian Peacemaker Teams Congress VIIIThursday - Sunday, September 8 - 11, 2005
Marriott Center (junction of I-70 and I-465 on the Eastside) in Indianapolis, IndianaAs a multi-faceted and intergenerational gathering, the conference will provide opportunities to build mentoring relationships and explore practical and intellectual approaches to Peace and Peacemaking for all who embrace Peacemaking as an integral Christian discipline.
The conference will:
~ feed the soul of the Peacemaker by providing practical resources;
~ energize the Peacemaker through worship and workshops;
~ build up the communities of Peacemakers by providing a place to share stories and to create networks;
~ help us better understand the current powers and principalities and build affinity networks in the struggle to change them;
~ and address issues of Peace and Justice and how to maintain a healthy peace witness and community.
More than 50 exciting workshops and educational forums are scheduled, with titles like:
"Peace Churches, War Taxes, and Alternative Service for Drafted Dollars", "Torture: Understanding and Opposing the Worst Crime", "Killing As Trauma and Nonviolent Action as Lively", "Christ and 9-11: A Theology for Peacemaking", "CPT in Colombia - Drug War? Oil War?", "Conscientious Objection to Military Taxation", "Counter-Recruiting: Strategies, Resources, Getting Started","Peace on Earth, Peace with Earth", "CPT in Iraq", "You Shall Not Kill", and "What About the Draft?"Featured speakers include Peggy Gish, Ann Riggs, Lisa Schirch, and C.T. Vivian.Peggy Gish has been working in Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams since October 2002. She was active in Iraq before, during, and after the 2003 war. Gish is a grandmother, farmer, community mediator, conflict management trainer, and former co-director of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network in Athens, Ohio. Her book "Iraq: a Journey of Hope and Peace" (Herald Press, 2004) tells the story of her experiences and CPT's work in Iraq.Dr. Ann K. Riggs is Associate General Secretary for Faith and Order at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. She has been active recently in international ecumenical consultations on the Holy Spirit, theological anthropology, and Peace theology. Cascadia Press published Seeking Cultures of Peace: A Peace Church Conversation, which she co-edited with Scott Holland and Fernando Enns, in spring 2004.Lisa Schirch is an associate professor of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite Universitys Masters in Conflict Transformation Program. A former Fulbright fellow, Schirch has fifteen years of experience consulting with a network of strategic partner organizations around the world. She is the author of three books: "Ritual and Symbol in Peacebuilding", "The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding", and "Keeping the Peace: Exploring Civilian Alternatives in Conflict Prevention". Dr. Schirch holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.C. T. Vivian was a close friend and lieutenant of Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. Vivian is the founder of the Black Action Strategies and Information Center (BASIC), a workplace consultancy on race relations and multicultural training. Currently, Vivian serves as a member of the board of directors of Every Church A Peace Church.For conference schedule and registration information go to:
or phone: (574) 535-7856 or e-mail: seekingpeace@...Hosted by the historic Peace churches, held in partnership with the Plowshares Peace Studies Collaborative, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Every Church a Peace Church, Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes, Mennonite Church USA Peace Advocate and Peace and Justice Support Network, On Earth Peace Assembly, and Quaker House-Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg N.C.Co-sponsored by Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, Indiana Peace and Justice Network, and numerous other Peace organizations.Time: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily, except SundayLocation: Marriott Center (junction of I-70 and I-465 on the Eastside) in Indianapolis, Indiana* * * * * * * * *