Convocation of Peacemakers

 

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Guest Speakers include:

Sylvia Morrison is an educator and community organizer who has done extensive work in the violence against women sector. She has worked as an anti-oppression trainer and Professor at George Brown College. She engages in community development work locally in Canada, and internationally, supporting grassroots community initiatives in Cuba, Uganda, Benin, and Ghana.

Sylvia is the Undoing Racism Coordinator with Christian Peacemaker Teams where she engages in solidarity work with peacemaker communities in Colombia, Israel/Palestine, Iraq and Ontario. She has led Christian Peacemaker Teams through change processes in which the framework and operations of the organization have been reworked to reflect anti-oppressive values and best practices.

She has done extensive work around violence against women, serving as a counselor advocate for survivors of trauma, domestic violence and sexual assaults.

Sylvia lives in Brampton, Ontario and is the mother of two young adults Yoeshae and Joseph Morrison.

 

Gloria Ulloa is an ordained minister in the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia. She has extensive experience in religious education, pastoral and public administration, women’s rights, conflict resolution, and community organization. Most recently, Gloria has served as the Executive Secretary of the Presibteria de la Costa (Colombia, and as Director of Secondary Education at the Colegio Americano in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is currently the Chaplain at the Colegio. She has significant cross-cultural experience, in 2003-2004 she served as an International Peacemaker for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has been honored in Colombia not just for her work in the church, but by governmental officials for her ongoing dedication to women’s rights.

 

Adelaida Jiménez Cortes is an ordained Pastor and member of Council in the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia (Presbyterian Church of Colombia). She has extensive experience in pastoral ministry and human rights in Colombia, and recently studied at McCormick Theological Seminary. Today Adelaida is working with the Reformed University (in Barranquilla) as Director of the Theology Program. Her current research involves displaced communities, peace initiatives of Protestant and Evangelical churches, and the impact of the armed conflict in Colombia on women and children. Adeladia is married to the Rev. Milton Mejía. Together they have two children, Iván and Andrés.

 

Riham Barghouti is a Palestinian American who lived in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for 10 years, who currently resides in New York City where she works as a teacher. She is a founding member of Adalah- NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, which has carried out a successful boycott campaign against Israeli diamond magnate and settlement builder Lev Leviev since 2007. Formerly the Director of Public Relations and the External Relations Officer at Birzeit University, Ms. Barghouti has worked on several campaigns for justice in Israel/Palestine since 2002.

 

Christian Iosso is Coordinator of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy. Ordained in the United Presbyterian Church, he is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (BA), Princeton Seminary (MDiv) and Union Seminary (NY) (Ph.D.). His denominational service has been in Presbyterian social ministry and social witness, both in the early 1980’s on the New York staff and from late 2005 to present in the Louisville offices. He also staffed year-long research and policy assignments for the United Church of Christ and the National Council of Churches of Christ. Author of many shorter publications, he is also coeditor of Prayers for the New Social Awakening: Inspired by the new Social Creed.

 

Rick Ufford-Chase is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He worked as a Presbyterian Mission Worker for twenty years on the U.S./Mexico border, supporting migrants and refugees and developing educational programs for people of faith who are interested in the complexities and challenges of the border region. Rick served as Moderator of the General Assembly from 2004 to 2006. He is currently the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, and the Co-Director (with his wife, Kitty) of Stony Point Conference Center. Rickhas been deeply interested in the intersection between our faith, the challenge of responding to violence in our time, and the work of partnering with those from other religious traditions to protect and extend basic human rights to all people.

 

Rev. Tom Harris has served as Pastor to Govans Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Md for four years. He learned about the work of Heeding God’s Call at last year’s Convocation of Peacemakers and has become active with this group in Baltimore in partnership with many other good Presbyterian and non-Presbyterian folk. After a few months of planning, Heeding God’s Call: Baltimore began active engagement with Clyde’s Sport Shop in Landsdowne, MD in the fall of 2010 culminating in a public action in December. The experience has offered many lessons in the nuts and bolts of implementing the Heeding God’s Call strategy especially in sub-urban locations.

 

This is not a normal conference, but a working meeting for peacemakers from across the church to plan together for effective advocacy and action.

Experts will be on hand as we focus on the following topics to learn more and strategize together for more creative and effective peacemaking.

  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Colombia Accompaniment
  • Israel-Palestine
  • Becoming a “Peace Church”

Along with workshops to deepen our understanding, we employ "Open Space Technology" to allow space for creative planning and generative work.

Come to find new insight, new energy, and new friends as we do the hard work of peacemaking together.

April 7—9, 2011, Cost: $230*
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY

* Scholarships are available
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Tentative Schedule:
THURSDAY, APRIL 7
5:00pm Arrival
7:00pm Opening Worship
8:30pm Small groups

FRIDAY, APRIL 8
9:00am Plenary: Anti-Racism Training
11:00am Open Space
2:00pm Workshops
4:00pm Workshops
7:00pm Plenary: Round Table with Speakers
9:15pm Refreshments and Community Time

SATURDAY, APRIL 9
9:00am Open Space: Organizing & Action Groups
10:30am Final Plenary
11:30am Closing Worship
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Departure

 

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