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

 

May, 2017

 

The Napier Initiative, Tiffany Ortamond, Pitzer College, Napier Fellow 2017, Thursday May 11, 1:30 PM

(PCU) The Napier Initiative, part of the life of the Pilgrim Place community in partnership with The Claremont Colleges, works to recognize, encourage, and support students from the five Claremont Colleges who demonstrate promise in creative leadership to advance social justice, sustainable care of the earth, and global peace. Each of the five Claremont Colleges nominates up to three seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership promise in one or more of the three areas of the Napier Initiative’s focus.

 

One of this year’s Napier Fellows is Tiffany Ortamond of Pitzer College, who will be presenting the May program for the Pomona Valley PCU Chapter.  Tiffany proposes to work with the Tia’amin First Nations tribe in British Columbia to create and implement a water-quality testing/education program.  Her intent is to build a foundation to empower local tribe members and others to collect and log information that can be utilized in building legitimate cases for addressing pollution, international development, and environmental injustice. We look forward to hearing Tiffany’s story and hope you will join her and listen to the inspiring work the Napier Initiative is doing.  As Garrison Keillor is want to say, “Nothing you do for a child (or for young people) is ever wasted.”  This goes doubly true for the work of the Napier Initiative. (Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, CA 91711)

 

Conscientious Projector, The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, Wednesday, May 17 – 7:00 PM

“Reinhold Niebuhr makes me shake and tremble as a human being when I think of the depths of his courage, his vision, his determination, his discipline, his willingness to expose himself publicly and to continually grow and mature.  That’s why I consider him a soul mate,” states Cornel West. Reinhold Niebuhr, 1892 to 1971, sas an inner-city pastor, ehtics professor, and the author of the famous Serenity Prayer.Cited as an influence by public figures ranging from Billy Graham to Barack Obama, Niebuhr was described ty historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. as “the most influencial American theologian of the twentieth century.”

 

Jeremy Sabella, author orf the companion volume published by Wm. B. Eerdmans, proclaims that “Niebuhr continues to compel minds and stir consciences in the twenty-first century.” David Brooks proclaims, “Niebuhr had audacity.  He wrote with audacity.  He took big public stands…. There are not too many theologians who have that kind of courage anymore.” (The Claremont Forum, Old Packing House, west end 586 First Street, Claremont CA 91711)

 

An Evening of Discovery, Inspiration & Discussion with Mark Charles, Sunday, May 21, 6:30 PM

(La Verne COB, Social Hall) The Peace & Justice Commission with generous support from the Chuck Boyer Memorial Peace Fund invite you to An Evening of Discovery, Inspiration & Discussion with Mark Charles. Our youth were excited about this speaker who presented on our final morning of Christian Citizenship Seminar. He spoke of systemic racism, the role of lament and the need for a common memory.

 

You will not want to miss this event!

 

Mark Charles is a former pastor, speaker, writer, and consultant who recently moved to Washington DC from the Navajo Reservation. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Mark seeks to understand the complexities of race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. He partners with numerous organizations to assist them in respectfully approaching, including, and working with native communities.

 

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. Read more and sign up at: http://onearthpeace.org/song-story-fest-2017

 

Peace Camp 2017: Finding Peace, Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21

Peace Camp belongs to all of us. Each individual brings something valuable and important to the process of peacemaking. Through collaboration, understanding, and intentionally working at friendly, non-violent relationships, we can not only learn to enjoy our differences but truly celebrate them! Peace campers aged Kindergarten to 6th grade will come together from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. the week of July 17 to live, love, and learn the ways of peacemaking while singing, playing, and creating along the way! Applications will be available in the church office and on the website beginning in May.

 

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