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

October, 2017

 

2017 Rosemary Radford Ruether Conference for Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel

Saturday, October 7th, Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont, CA, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Speakers Include: Jane Dempsey Douglass, “The Doors She Opened: Introducing Rosemary Radford Ruether.”; Mark Braverman, “Beyond Christian-Jewish Dialogue: Palestine and the Ecumenical Challenge to

the Church.”; Donald E. Wagner, “Liberating Theology for a Faithful Path of Resistance in the US and Occupied

Palestine.”; Mae Elise Cannon, “A Christian Vision for Justice and Peace.”; and Naim Ateek, “Truth, Courage, and the Prophetic.” Registration at: http://2017rosemaryradfordruetherconference.net/

 

World Day Against the Death Penalty with Mike Farrell and Friends

Tuesday, October 10, 132 N. Euclid Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Death Penalty Focus is teaming up with All Saints Church in Pasadena to host a free panel discussion on the evening of Tuesday, October 10. The panel will feature DPF President Mike Farrell, All Saints Rector Mike Kinman, death row exoneree Gary Tyler, and Bethany Webb, who is a member of California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. There will also be time for audience Q&A. This is a free event that is open to the public.

 

DACA Advocacy Training

Monday, October 16, University of La Verne, President’s Dining Room (Corner of “D” and Third) 6:30 – 8:30 PM

The La Verne Church of the Brethren and the University of La Verne are co-sponsoring a DACA Advocacy Training. The Training will be led by Alexia Salvatierra, a long-time activist in the Sanctuary Moement to discuss legislative actions around which we can organize. As a congregation who is part of the Matthew 25 movement, we have pledged to stand with immigrants in our community. You are invited to join this training to learn what we can do as a community to advocate for and support DACA individuals and our immigrant communities through the legislative process.

 

44th Annual Walk for the Hungry and the Homeless, Saturday, October 14, 2017

9 a.m. – Registration begins, 10 a.m. Walk Begins

Claremont University Consortium (101 S. Mills Ave. in Claremont)

Taking place for the first time ever on a Saturday morning, join this year’s 5K/10K Walk fundraise and help to put food on the tables of our hungry neighbors and a roof over the heads of those struggling with homelessness. It’s easy to get started! Online registration is now open at www.InlandValleyHopePartners.org.

 

9th Annual Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace, One World Community/One Human Family, Sunday, October 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace exists to promote friendship and understanding among faiths in the Pomona Valley.  Our congregation is invited to walk alongside brothers and sisters of faith as we gather at Claremont School of Theology (on Foothill Blvd. just east of Indian Hill Blvd.) From there the group will walk from Temple Beth Israel (3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona) to the Claremont Islamic Center (just north of Foothill on Garey Ave, concluding at City of Knowledge Islamic School (just south of Foothill on Garey Ave.) for a light communal meal. Those who are unable to walk the full distance may drive from place to place, and vehicles will be available to pick up those who need to rest mid-route. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged. A free-will offering will be taken during the walk to cover costs.

 

Power, Privilege and the Journey towards Justice, Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 4:00 PM –

Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 1:00 PM
The Church of the Brethren, Supportive Communities Network (SCN) of the Brethren Mennonite Council (BMC) for LGBT Interests, 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. Participants will Examine how power and privilege affects our individual and corporate lives: Analyze how power operates within the Church of the Brethren; Learn new ways to use power to further nonviolent change; Share experiences of liberation through storytelling, worship and conversation. With co-facilitators Regina Shands Stotzfus from Goshen College, and Matt Guynn from On Earth Peace.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/power-privilege-and-the-journey-towards-justice-tickets-35552260769

 

November, 2017

 

Race, Theology, and Mission

Wednesday, November 1 – Friday, November 3, Pasadena, CA

Christians cannot ignore race and racism when ethnic conflict has been around and in the church from the beginning until now (Eph 2:11–14). This year’s conference on Race, Theology, and Mission will convene some of the world’s finest scholars to examine how race impacts Christianity. Come find out what you need to know when it comes to sharing and living out the gospel with different peoples, be they across an ocean or across the street. Fuller Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies (SIS) is uniquely situated to facilitate a conversation on these issues for the North American evangelical community, for the global church, and for the theological academy—each of which now spans, variously, transnational and transcultural contexts. Register at: http://fuller.edu/missiology2017/

 

Alternative Gift Faire

Sunday, November 5, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, La Verne Church of the Brethren, Fellowship Hall

Mark your calendars for the Alternative Gift Faire in November. The Alternative Gift Faire offers a rare opportunity to purchase unique and thoughtful gifts for family and friends while helping those struggling to survive. To add to the festivities, lunch will be served on the courtyard. Diners’ donations enable the youth of the church to sponsor families at Christmastime through Inland Valley Hope Partners. The money is used to buy gifts, household goods, and food for families in need. Shopping and dining at the Alternative Gift Faire – what a wonderful way to send a message of love and compassion during the holidays.

 

Fasnacht Lecture

Brian D. McClaren, author, interfaith leader, Thursday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. Morgan Auditorium

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, interfaith leader, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good.  McClaren’s most recent publications include, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, which explores the intersection of religious identity, inter-religious hostility, and human solidarity.  His 2014 release, We Make the Road by Walking, is a retelling of the biblical story and a reintroduction to the Christian tradition.  And his 2016 release, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian, has been hailed as his most important work to date, redefining spirituality as a way of life defined by love rather than a list of beliefs, reimagining God as the renewing Spirit at work in our world for the common good, and re-envisioning spiritual people as activists dedicated to healing the planet, building peace, overcoming poverty and injustice, and collaborating with other faiths to ensure a better future for all of us.  McClaren is one of the distinguished Auburn Senior Fellows (a cohort of changemakers who seek to bring a justice-centered faith into the public square to help meet most pressing challenges — from race and equality to religion and politics).  McClaren is a principal contributor to We Stand With Love, a national organization challenging the hate rhetoric that threatens to divide people and advocates for more just and generous ways of living with and loving one another. A frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs, he has appeared on All Things Considered, Larry King Live, Nightline, On Being, and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American’s 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and many other print media. The Fasnacht Lecture is funded by the Harold D. Fasnacht Chair of Religion Endowment Fund, which supports distinguished speakers who address issues of religion and society.

 

Kristallnacht Lecture

Bruce Henderson, author, Sunday, November 12, 4:00 p.m., La Fetra Lecture Hall

Bruce Henderson is the author of In Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned With the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler.  In this book, Henderson tells the little-known saga of the young German Jews dubbed “The Ritchie Boys,” whose families sent them out of Nazi Germany to safety in America. Some of these ‘Ritchie Boys’ returned as soldiers to Europe at enormous personal risk as members of an elite U.S. Army unit to play a key role in the Allied victory.  Henderson is the author of more than twenty nonfiction books, including a #1 New York Times bestseller, And the Sea Will Tell, that was made into a highly rated television miniseries.  A member of the Authors Guild, a former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, private investigator, and field producer for television news, Bruce has taught reporting and writing courses at Stanford University and USC School of Journalism. The Kristallnacht Lecture is an annual lecture series that invites authors who have recently published works on a topic related to the Jewish Holocaust.  This is a joint event cosponsored with the university and the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys.  Kristallnacht refers to the “Night of Broken Glass,” the violent wave of anti-Jewish pogroms that took place throughout Nazi Germany and Austria on November 9-10, 1938. The violence resulted in the loss of Jewish lives and the destruction of Jewish buildings and synagogues, littering the streets with shards of broken glass.

 

 

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