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You are invited to Real World Peacemaking: A series of opportunities to share an informal meal and hear first-hand about the work of peacemakers from around the world. Most guest speakers will have names unknown to the mass media, but they do the hard job of bringing together factions in conflict and healing the wounds of war. Your presence will aid this work essential to a humane future by connecting us locally with those who suffer and those who try to help them, wherever in the world they may be.
Upcoming programs are August 12th and 26th. Both will be held at the Palo Alto Friends Meetinghouse, 957 Colorado Ave. (between Louis and Greer), with a potluck meal at 6pm, and program and discussion at 7pm. The events are free, with donations accepted.
August 12, 2012 - Shan Cretin, General Secretary of American Friends Service Committee.
Shan Cretin is a member of Santa Monica Monthly Meeting. Before taking her current position, she was director of AFSC Pacific Southwest Region and clerk of Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. She recently returned from North Korea and Indonesia. After visiting AFSC's programs in the Middle East and Africa, Shan Cretin says,
"In all of these war-weary communities, one message was clear: Building lasting peace requires much more than merely stopping the violence. Healing and restoration, truth and reconciliation must be part of the process." http://www.afsc.org/story/message-shan-cretin-october-2011
August 26, 2012 - Tim Nafziger, Outreach Coordinator for Christian Peacemaker Teams
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict. These teams seek to follow God's Spirit as it works through local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression.
Tim Nafziger is an activist, writer, organizer and web developer. He is the administrator for the Young Anabaptist Radicals blog and has served as Outreach Coordinator for CPT since 2008. He has also been involved with organizing young people in the Mennonite church in the US. Tim recently spent a month in Colombia with the CPT project there. He will be sharing stories from Las Pavas, a CPT partner community struggling to remain on their land in the face of pressure from multinational agribusiness.
Sponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice.