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[PCUSANEWS] Intergenerational peacemaking conference set for July

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Date Mon, 26 Feb 2007 09:18:55 -0500

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07110 February 26, 2007

Intergenerational peacemaking conference set for July

Theme of Montreat gathering is 'Jesus: Proclaiming Peace'

by Jerry Van Marter

LOUISVILLE - Presbyterian peacemakers of all ages will gather from July 3-8 at Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina for the 2007 Intergenerational Peacemaking Conference, sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program (PPP).

Participants will explore the theme, "Jesus: Proclaiming Peace,"focusing on Luke 4:18-19 where Jesus proclaims "the year of the Lord's favor." Conference leaders will challenge participants to deepen their understanding of Jesus' teachings about peace and justice.

"The conference will offer several ways for people to grow in understanding and discipleship," said Gretchen Williver, conference director. "It will be a time to nurture our spirits and make room for Sabbath."

Added PPP Associate Mark Koenig: "Through prayer, worship, Bible study, and advocacy opportunities, participants will connect to the spirituality of the Sabbath and peacemaking and claim and celebrate God's eternal jubilee in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. There will be times for individual and group reflection."

Children and youth will interact with the conference theme through Bible study, hiking Montreat's paths, dance, drama, and crafts. Evening intergenerational worship, followed by festivals in which community members play together, will bring each day to a close.

Leading plenary Bible studies will be Mark Lomax, pastor, First Afrikan Presbyterian Church of Lithonia, GA, and assistant professor of homiletics at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA; the Rev. Elizabeth Nordquist, associate professor of spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary; the Rev. Florence Deenadayalan, pastor of Holy Cross Church and Christ the Savior Church (Church of South India) in Bangalore, India; and M. Shiamala Baby, director of the Forum for Women's Rights and Development in Tamil Nadu, India.

Juan and Kathy Treviño, pastor and parish associate of First Presbyterian Church, Brownsville, TX, will serve as worship leaders.

Evening programs will be led by Cindy Edwards, a bike and hike guide from, Sitka, AK; David LaMotte, a songwriter and concert artist from Black Mountain, NC; and Ed McNulty, editor and publisher for Visual Parables, Walton, KY, and movie critic for Presbyterians Today magazine.

Brochures, scholarship applications, registration forms, and Montreat housing forms are available online or by contacting Dayna Oliver in the conference office at 888-728-7228 ext. 8700.

Information for this story furnished by Mark Koenig, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.


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