Here is a list of Peace and Justice events you might be interested in:

March, 2017

Agenda for a Prophetic Faith: The Creation of a Border Security State, Todd Miller, Sunday, March 5, 7PM
(PCU) In the heat of the reaction to 911, the Department of Homeland Security has grown by leaps and bounds, and has instituted programs of far-reaching significance to all American citizens. What they have created might be called the Border Security State, and every American citizen ought to be cognizant of what it means for the future of democracy in the United States. What is involved is not just the security of immigrants, legal and illegal, but also the security, and democratic way of life, of all of us in what used to be called the land of the free and home of the brave. Claremont Presbyterian Church (1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, CA 91711) Tickets at the door.

Progressive Christians Uniting, Pomona Valley Chapter Meeting, Thursday, March 9, 1:30 PM
(PCU) Karen Lebacqz Ethicist, Teacher – Pacific School of Religion, ” What Must We Do Now?” Karen Lebacqz loves color, texture, and justice, not necessarily in that order. She retired from the Graduate Theological Union after teaching ethics for more than 30 years, and then flunked retirement several times, serving as Bioethicist in Residence at Yale University for a year and later returning to Pacific School of Religion to teach bioethics, feminist ethics, and theories of justice before finally turning her attention back to photography and quilting. She moved to Pilgrim Place in March 2016 with too many books and papers and one cat. If “she who dies with the most fabric wins,” as quilters are fond of saying, then Karen is on her way to winning! And by the way, she is ordained in the United Church of Christ. Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

Agenda for a Prophetic Faith: Psychological Dynamics of Climate Denial, Donna Orange, Sunday, March 12, 7PM
(PCU) The Hebrew prophets were amazed by a community that could or would not pay attention to the crisis brewing on their borders. For them, the crisis involved the approach of the Babylonian army as it expanded the Babylonian empire at the expense of the independent states of the then known world. For us, the crisis involves the way in which our civilization is impacting the atmosphere in such a way as to stimulate global warming. Why do people resist paying attention to and responding to the impending crisis? Obviously, there are political and social factors that are involved. But there are also psychological dynamics involved, and the field of psychoanalysis has something to say about why people avoid at- tenting to what they need to pay attention to–and how they might better rise to the occasion before is too late. La Verne Church of the Brethren (2425 E Street, La Verne, CA 91750) Tickets at the door.

Agenda for a Prophetic Faith: Pope Francis and the Way Ahead, Sister Simone Campbell, Sunday, March 19, 7PM
(PCU) Over the last few years of his pontificate, Pope Francis has become an important leader on the world scene, not just for Christians but for all people of good will concerned about the future of the world in which we reside. How have people been responding to the Pope’s call for our responsibility “to our common home?” Looking ahead, what things highlighted by the Pope ought we to be thinking about as we attempt a better response to his encyclical? Furthermore, what riches of wisdom and practice might be brought to the occasion by a religious community with over 2,000 years of caring for the widow, the orphan, the outcast–and for the nonhuman creation? Holy Name of Mary (724 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773) Tickets at the door.

University of La Verne, Immigration Law Teach-In, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 6:30 PM
University of La Verne College of Law professors will guide us through the Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States and subsequent court cases and enforcement actions. Social Hall at La Verne Church of the Brethren (2425 E Street, La Verne, CA 91750).

April, 2017

Christian Citizenship Seminar – Native American Rights: Food Security, April 22-27, 2017
Christian Citizenship Seminar (CSS) provides high school aged students the chance to explore the relationship between faith and a particular political issue, and then act from a faith perspective regarding that issue.
The 2017 theme focuses on native people’s food insecurity, especially as the issue relates to land rights.

Agenda for a Prophetic Faith: Property, Slavery, and the Gospel of Economic Growth, Sunday, April 23, 7PM
America was built on property rights. Property rights determined who wrote the Constitution, was a primary concern of the Constitution, and determined who got to vote. Today, property value determines the quality of public education, economic opportunity, health care, food and more. Slavery and the genocide of our natives is a story about how property – and the ability to use it to generate wealth – became more important than people. Today, property and the ability to use it to generate more property and capital is still our nation’s central concern. The Gospel of economic growth is not allowed to be challenged … despite the fact that it is ecologically and morally unsustainable. The valuing of economic growth over all else is literally causing vast disparities in living conditions and life expectancies as well as a global environmental catastrophe. Yet every major political and spiritual voice continues to promote it as the greatest good. Tragically, looking through the lens of uprisings in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland, Milwaukee and elsewhere, it is clear that property still matters more than people. What is our call right now as American Christians to intervene on behalf of people? Claremont United Church of Christ (233 W. Harrison St., Claremont, CA 91711) Tickets at the door.

Sustainability Sunday Meal and Fundraiser for the Peace and Justice Award, Sunday, April 30, 11:30 AM
Come to the La Verne Church of the Brethren to have a great meal made of sustainable, local, and fair trade ingredients. Celebrate stewardship of creation, enjoy a great meal, and help raise funds for the Peace and Justice Award which will be presented to high school award winners during the Celebration of the Arts.

July, 2017

Song & Story Fest #21, Sunday-Saturday, July 2-8, 2017
Camp Brethren Heights The 21st annual Song & Story Fest will be July 2-8, 2017 at Camp Brethren Heights near Rodney, Michigan, one and a half hours straight north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Annual Conference ends in Grand Rapids on July 2 at noon, and Song and Story Fest begins that evening with supper. For now,
save the date. More information will follow.

Fall, 2017

Progressive Brethren – Moved to Fall 2017
The Church of the Brethren SCN Steering Committee and On Earth Peace are working together to plan a conference that explores the dynamics of power and privilege as they relate to race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. Due to restraints of the local community, this event is being planned for Fall 2017 Additional information will be forthcoming.

 

National Organizations

*Christian Peacemaker Teams
*On Earth Peace
*Brethren/Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests
*Womaen’s Caucus
*Heifer Project International
New Community Project
Open Table Cooperative
Americans For Responsible Solutions
Rebuild the Dream
350.org
*Included in our benevolences