Peace Week speaker works for change

Manchester University observes Peace Week 2015 with a number of activities, including a peacemaker who will speak about establishing partnerships for non-violence around the world; a Holocaust remembrance service; and an Earth Day tree-planting celebration.

The theme for the week, “A Solid Foundation for Change,” is a testament to the University’s Mission Statement to graduate people “of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”

Sarah ThompsonThe keynote speaker for this year’s Peace Week is Sarah Thompson, executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, a multifaith international organization committed to building partnerships to transform violence and oppression.

As a community organizer, Thompson crosses lines of difference to build positive social change. She has traveled across several continents doing activist work for anti-war and feminist movements.

She will speak about “Moving Toward Conflict: Connecting Struggles for Self-Determination Around the World” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Cordier Auditorium The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Peace Studies Institute. Established in 1948, the Peace Studies Institute and Program for Conflict Resolution at the North Manchester campus pioneered as the first undergraduate peace studies program in the United States.

A Yom HaShoah service will be offered at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Petersime Chapel, led by Rabbi Javier Cattapan of Fort Wayne’s Congregation Achduth Vesholom. Refreshments will be served after the Holocaust remembrance service and rededication.

All Peace Week observances are open to the public. Other events on campus for Peace Week:

  • Monday, April 20 ­- Kenapocomoco Coalition will meet at 9 p.m. in the Peace House with Joyfield Farm residents.l
  • Tuesday, April 21 -- Art auction at 7 p.m. at Link Gallery, Wine Recital Hall, to in the Change for Change campaign. The money raised will be donated to the organization Dreams InDeed International.
  • Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day -- The tree planting will be at 2 p.m. outside the Jo Young Switzer Center on East Street. Refreshments will be provided by Chartwells.
  • Sunday, April 26, There will be a “Food for Thought” dinner at 5 p.m. at the Oakwood Hall Great Room, featuring Justin Lasser from the MU Religion Department; and Power Hour at 7 p.m. at the Intercultural Center on College Avenue. The subject is, “Is War Necessary for Peace?”

For more information contact Phil Keim, MU peace studies coordinator,

April 15, 2015

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