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12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2008

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Ecumenical Service at Lincoln Congregational Temple U.C.C.

Music: Gospel

Preacher: Rev. Mark Lomax is the founding pastor of the First African Presbyterian Church, the first unapologetically African-Centered Christian witness in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Today, over 700 members are attempting to reclaim, understand, and embrace their African heritage, cultures, and spiritualities from a distinctly Christian perspective. The ministry strives to minister to the needs of the whole person and to meet the diverse needs of the African American community. Dr. Lomax has published a book entitled Jesus for a Hip-Hop Generation, several articles, and is in great demand as a speaker and workshop facilitator around the country. He was the keynote speaker for the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, and will preach for the opening worship of the Ecumenical Advocacy Days. (Thanks to the Presbyterian Church USA for the photo.)

Preacher: Rev. Sharon Delgado, an ordained United Methodist minister from Nevada City, California, is Executive Director of Earth Justice Ministries. She travels throughout the country presenting seminars, workshops, and lectures on peace, justice, and caring for God’s creation, and on the environmental, social, and economic effects of economic globalization, and has many articles published on these themes. She is author of a newly-released book entitled Shaking the Gates of Hell: Faith-Led Resistance to Corporate Globalization (Fortress Press). She is also the author of Hope For the Earth: A Handbook for Christian Environmental Groups, published by the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church in 1994.

Lincoln Temple is located at 1701 11th St. NW, Washington, D.C. (3 blocks from Green Line, Shaw-Howard University metro stop)

Ecumenical Service at the Church of the Brethren

Music: Taize

Preacher: Rev. J. Daryl Byler is a Mennonite minister, author and attorney. He currently lives in Amman, Jordan, where he and his wife, Cynthia Lehman Byler, serve as the Mennonite Central Committee’s Regional Representatives for Jordan, Palestine, Iraq and Iran. Byler traveled to Iran on an interfaith delegation in February 2007, meeting with religious and political leaders. Before moving to Jordan, he was Director of the Mennonite Central Committee Washington D.C. office for 13 years.

Witness of War: Beth Pyles is a Presbyterian pastor serving McDowell Presbyterian Church and Headwaters Chapel in the western mountains of Virginia in a part-time call. Two months a year, Beth serves as a reservist with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on their Iraq team. She has been to Iraq with CPT three times, twice to southern Iraq and once to the Kurdish north and plans to return this spring. Before attending seminary at Princeton, Beth practiced law for twenty-two years. She is a West Virginia native with three children and her grandson Rowen is her greatest joy.

Church of the Brethren is located at 337 N. Carolina Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. (corner of 4th St.)

Ecumenical Service at Capitol Hill Presbyterian

Music: Mennonite Hymn Singing

Preacher: Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Ph.D., is the president of Chicago Theological Seminary, an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, and an author and theologican with expertise in contextual theologies of liberation and a focus on violence and violation. In an intense effort to bring forth a voice for peace, since September 11, 2001 Thistlethwaite has appeared twice on ABC News NIGHTLINE and written more than a dozen editorials that have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, and on the Center for American Progress website. She also presented a speech to the United States Institute of Peace which appears in their Special Report. Thistlethwaite has spent her life working diligently to promote peace and justice.

Preacher: Rev. Graylan Hagler is Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. and National President of the UCC’s Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice (MRSEJ). In 1993 he opposed the EXXON Corporation’s plans to build a ‘super gas station’ in the neighborhood where he lives and where his Church is located. In 2003, Rev. Hagler broke ground on that same EXXON site after acquiring the property. Instead of a ‘super station,’ 69 units of subsidized apartments for the elderly opened in February 2005. Rev. Hagler worked to preserve the only publicly funded hospital in the District of Columbia, organized a successful effort to oppose the death penalty from being instituted by Congress on the District, and continues the fight against public school vouchers. He is on the Steering and Administrative Committee of United for Peace and Justice, a national coalition working to oppose aspects of U.S. foreign policy that the group believes contribute to war and aggression. He is also the Development Director of the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), the largest neighborhood stabilization organization in the United States, which helps working class people become homeowners. (Thanks to Plymouth Church UCC for the photo.)

Witness of War: Cliff Kindy has served with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) since 1990, with experience in Vieques, PR; Colombia; Gaza Strip and West Bank, Palestine; Chiapas, Mexico; and with First Nation communities in New Brunswick, South Dakota, and New York. He is currently part of the CPT in Iraq, and will just be back in time for our Christian Peace Witness on March 7. When in the US, Cliff is an organic market gardener in Indiana. He represented the Church of the Brethren on CPT's Steering Committee.

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church is located at 201 4th St. SE, Washington, D.C. (Fourth and Independence Ave. SE, 20003)

Quaker Meeting at Friends Meeting House of Washington (All Welcome)

Witness of War: Peter Lems is the Iraq associate at the American Friends Service Committee's national Peacebuilding unit. He coordinates the organization's Iraq peace work nationwide, designs and implements educational and advocacy campaigns, and works with the broader peace movement in the United States. In November 2007, Peter took part in an AFSC assessment team that visited Syria and Jordan to better understand the conditions of Iraqi refugees and explore new areas for AFSC program work.

The Friends Meeting House of Washington is located at 2111 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. (from Dupont Circle metro walk north (uphill) on Connecticut Ave 2.5 blocks; turn left onto Florida, walk ½ block to Meetinghouse on the right)

Episcopal Service at Christ Church (All Welcome)

Preacher: Rev. Michael Battle is Episcopal Priest at Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, CA, and Canon Theologian in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. A well-known writer, speaker and retreat leader, his ministry covers the globe and focuses on Christian non-violence, human spirituality, and African Church studies. Michael lived in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa for two years, 1993-1994, and was ordained a priest in South Africa by Tutu in 1993. Michael has written out of his studies and friendship with Desmond Tutu, including such books as Reconciliation: the Ubuntu Theology of Demond Tutu and The Wisdom of Desmond Tutu. He is also the author of Blessed are the Peacemakers: A Christian Spirituality of Nonviolence. This book wrestles with how Christian practices of nonviolence are often neglected, and makes explicit connections between Mahatma Gandhi and Christian spirituality. (Thanks to the for the photo.)

Witness of War: Noah Baker Merrill has spent four of the last seven months living and working with Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria - conducting in-depth interviews, working for release for detainees, advocating for aid to families, and consulting with Iraqi and other governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the UNHCR missions in Jordan, Syria and Iraq. He now coordinates the Direct Aid Initiative (DAI), a project providing crucial medical care to displaced Iraqis in the Middle East. Merrill has worked, studied, and reported on conflicts and peacebuilding efforts in Africa, Europe, Latin American and the Middle East. He is a lifelong member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Christ Episcopal Church is located at 620 G St. SE, Washington, D.C.

Emergent worship w at New York Avenue Presbyterian (All Welcome)

Music: Ryan and Holly Sharp (The Cobalt Season) live in an intentional community in San Francisco, CA. They offer prophetic and hopeful music about everyday life, longings for God's Kingdom, and an honest examination of the beautiful and difficult space between. They will be joined by bass player Jared Milos. More information about their music is available at .

Preacher: Brian McLaren is a pastor, author and leader within the emergent church movement. He was founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Baltimore - which has become a leader among emerging missional congregations. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including postmodern thought and culture, Biblical studies, evangelism, global mission, spiritual formation, inter-religious dialogue, ecology, and social justice. McLaren's most recent book is Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crisis and a Revolution of Hope.

Witness of War: Gilda Carbonaro is a member of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out. She has been actively engaged in protesting the war since 2003. Her son Alex served in the Marines' elite Reconnaissance Unit. Shortly after his second deployment to Iraq in May 2006, Alex was injured in an IED explosion and over 70% of his body was burned. Ten days later, at the age of 28, Alex died surrounded by his mother, father, wife of less than 1 year, and mother-in-law. Gilda has been a teacher for 35 years, currently working at St. Albans. She resides with her husband in Bethesda, MD, where they raised their only child, Alex.

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church is located at 1313 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. (intersections of H St, 14th St, and New York Ave. NW)

Catholic Mass at St. Aloysius Church (All Welcome)

Bishop Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington Archdiocese will preside at the Mass.

Speaker: Sister Anne Curtis, RSM, just returned in January from a Catholic sisters' delegation that visited Iraqi war refugees in Syria and Lebanon. On the leadership team of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, she works in areas of justice, vocation and incorporation. Sister Anne served as a lobbyist for six years at NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. She has also served on the National Council of Pax Christi USA. Currently Sister Anne is on the board of CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. She has been a missionary in Santiago, Chile, and a high school theology teacher.

Witness of War: Joshua Castel enlisted in the US Army Reserves at the age of 17, received an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point at 18, but at 25 was honorably discharged from Active Duty as a conscientious objector. Shortly after discharge from service, Joshua began writing and speaking widely in the US, Ireland, the UK and Sweden about his wartime experiences, serving on the board of directors of Iraq Veterans Against the War and publishing his book, Letters from Abu Ghraib. June 19th 2006 Joshua appeared alongside Vaclav Havel for Human Rights Watch’s Cries From the Heart performing a monologue from his play Returns. Joshua is studying at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, and is a part-time student of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is currently writing a memoir, No Graven Images, that chronicles his nationalistic Evangelical Christian childhood, appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point, eight years spent in the US Army, his deployment to Abu Ghraib as a US Army interrogator and Arabic linguist, and eventual conversion to nonviolence and Catholicism and ongoing political and ecclesial activism. In March 2007, Joshua was invited to Rome to discuss the theory of just war with Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI.

St. Aloysius is located North Capitol and I Sts., NW, Washington, D.C. (900 Block of North Capitol St. NW; 19 “Eye” St.)


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