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

 

September 2017

 

Fall Envisioning Speaker, Sunday, September 17, 2017, 7 p.m.

La Verne Church of the Brethren Sanctuary

The La Verne Church of the Brethren Envisioning Commission is sponsoring an evening with Rev. Nancy Wilson as part of an on-going effort to promote inclusivity and welcome.  From 2005 to 2016 Rev. Wilson was the Moderator (global leader) of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), an inclusive church that was formed by LGBT persons to provide a positive ministry to the LGBT community.  Previously, Rev. Wilson was a pastor for 44 years, including as senior pastor of MCC’s founding church in Los Angeles.  Join us for the opportunity to hear Rev. Wilson speak on Sunday, September 17 at 7:00pm in our Sanctuary –free of charge.  Her talk will be titled:  “Being Authentic and Being Effective:  Justice Ministry in the Church Today”.  It should be an informative and energizing program!

There will be an opportunity to purchase three of Rev. Wilson’s books in the Narthex after her talk.  She is willing to meet you and sign your book.

 

Living Peace Lecture Series

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

La Verne Church of the Brethren sanctuary

Title: Transforming the World: The Power of Community

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Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:00 PM

Sarah and Michael Abraham Campus Center, Ballroom A

Title: Achieving Peace Through Non-Violent Protest

 

The Living Peace Lecture Series is a collaboration of the University of La Verne and the La Verne Church of the Brethren.  It is funded by the University of La Verne’s College of Arts and Sciences and a generous donation to La Verne Church of the Brethren in memory of Albert and Helen Herbst. This year’s speaker is Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a K’iche’ political activist and feminist from Guatemala. Menchú has dedicated her life to promoting indigenous rights in Guatamala and across the Pacific Americas.  Menchú rose to public importance as an activist campaigning against human rights violations committed by the Guatemalan armed forces during the country’s civil war, which lasted from 1960 to 1996. As a public figure in indigenous rights, she ran for President of Guatemala in 2007 and 2011. Although unsuccessful as a presidential candidate, she continues to be a significant political figure and activist for indigenous rights.  She is the subject of the testimonial biography I, Rigoberta Menchú (1983) and the author of the autobiographical work, Crossing Borders.

 

October, 2017

 

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

 

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