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

April, 2018

Agenda for Prophetic Faith
Lecture: Peter Dreier
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. at La Verne Church of the Brethren, 2425 E Street, La Verne, CA 91750
Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Before joining the Occidental faculty in 1993 he worked as a community organizer, newspaper reporter, and government official (deputy to Boston Mayor Ray Flynn). He is the author or coauthor of five books including his most recent book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books). He writes regularly for American Prospect, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, Dissent, Salon, and Huffington Post and occasionally for the New York Times and Washington Post. He appears frequently in the local and national media and has been interviewed on television by Bill Moyers, Tavis Smiley, and even Bill O’Reilly. He serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP). In 2015-16, he helped lead the successful campaign for a $15 minimum wage in Pasadena. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti recently appointed him to the 15-member Los Angeles Revenue Commission to recommend ways for the city to generate more revenue to provide more public services. In December 2016 he received LAANE’s City of Justice award for his work in the progressive movement.

A Breath of Broadway
Saturday, April 14th, 7:30 PM, La Verne Church of the Brethren
Join the La Verne Service Commission as they host a benefit concert to raise funds for the Pomona Armory Shelter. Performers will sing songs from The American Songbook, including popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s that were created for Broadway theater, musical theater, and Hollywood musical film. The event is free, and a donation offering will be taken to support funds for food for the Pomona Armory Shelter.

Agenda for Prophetic Faith
Lecture: Ed Bacon
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Claremont UCC, 233 W. Harrison, Claremont, CA 91711
Ed Bacon was until recently Rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA. He is now engaged with issues facing populations in his home territory of the U.S. South. (More details to follow.)

Being Authentic and Being Effective: Justice Ministry in the Church Today
Rev. Nancy Wilson
Sunday, April 22, 7:00 PM, La Verne Church of the Brethren
I Love to Tell the Story, by Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is a collection of 100+ stories of justice, inclusion, and hope that share poignant experiences of the LGBTQ community. Rev. Wilson has been a pastor for 44 years, including 15 years as senior pastor of Founders Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles.
The event is free of charge, sponsored by the Envisioning Commission. Come to be inspired, energized, and informed! After the talk, there will be an opportunity to purchase copies of Outing the Church and Outing the Bible, also written by Nancy Wilson. She is willing to meet you and sign your book.

All Church Sustainability Luncheon
Sunday, April 29th, 11:30 AM, La Verne Church of the Brethren
Please join us following church service for a beautiful meal in fellowship with friends and family. We will be serving a delicious meal showcasing locally grown fruits and vegetables after shopping at local farms, farmer’s markets, and grocery stores that support local farmers. We hope to share some simple, fun facts about sustainability that every household can do, receive an update on the work of the Peace and Carrots Garden, and proudly introduce the Doris and Benton Rhoades Peace Award recipient. Proceeds will support the Doris and Benton Rhoades Peace Award.

May 2018

Inspiring Compassion and Inclusion
Sunday, May 6th, 2018, 12PM – 9PM, University of La Verne, Morgan Auditorium (1950 3rd St., La Verne, CA 91750)
The Inland Valley Interfaith Conference hears the wisdom of people of various faith traditions and no faith tradition. We will share and learn key steps to transform our lives and communities. Join us to promote compassion and peace in building a more inclusive world.
This conference will highlight the importance of world religions and the path to peace. Each ticket includes addresses by renowned speakers, a choice of breakout groups, and a traditional Sikh langar meal. Join us as we join minds, hearts, and hands in search of a better world.

Connecting Families: East
Friday, May 18th – Sunday, May 20th, 2018
(BMC) Save the date May 18-20, 2018 for Connecting Families East weekend at Laurelville located in Western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Accommodations and meeting place in the Solar House.












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
*Included in our benevolences