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September-October 2009

1.   In the Land of the Living: Prayers Personal and Public: Written by Ken Sehested. Designed both for personal use and community worship, these prayers “are jumper cables from the pew to the world” (Maren Tirabassi). With riveting use of images drawn from the Bible—imaginatively applied to a contemporary context—Sehested’s exquisite poetry illustrates how “faith is always personal but never merely private” and affirms that “redemption is for the world, not from the world.” $15.00, 108 pages, Catawba Publishing Company, 5945 Orr Road, Suite F, Charlotte, NC 28213;; (704)717-8452.

2.   Stretching the Imagination: Co-Creating A New World: Pace e Bene will celebrate its 20th anniversary September 25–27 in Las Vegas. For two decades, Pace e Bene has fostered nonviolent change through education, community, and action. Dr. Vincent Harding will join the founders of Pace e Bene -- Rosemary Lynch, Alain Richard, Julia Occhiogrosso, Louis Vitale, Peter Ediger -- and others for a weekend of celebration, reflection and witness. The celebration will begin at 7 pm Friday, with reflections and workshops on Saturday, and an anniversary dinner and party on Saturday night. Sunday will include worship in the desert and nonviolent witness at Creech Air Force Base, home of the U.S. drones fleet. Registration: $150 includes all events and Saturday’s meals/snack. Scholarships are available. Limited housing and sleeping bag space may be available. For information call (702)648-2281 or email

3.   Immigration reform convening and training: Sponsored by Justice for Immigrants, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ campaign for immigration reform, this convening will be held October 7-9 in Philadelphia PA, and will include workshops and training sessions on Catholic social teaching and migration; current political and policy overview; immigration myths and facts; tools on communicating a compassionate and pro-immigrant message; tools to organize parishes and communities around immigration reform; and tools to effectively advocate for immigration reform. The convening will end with Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia. Participants are invited from the mid-Atlantic region; all are welcome. Fee: $85-210, depending on housing needs. For more information, contact Antonio Cube at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or call (202)541-3000.

4.   Education and solidarity delegation to Chile: Sponsored by SOA Watch and the Marin Task Force on the Americas, October 8-18. Experience the magic of springtime while grasping how the deep wounds of Pinochet remain raw. Learn how the Mapuche people still struggle after 500 years to keep their vibrant culture and traditions alive. On October 12 we will join Mapuches in marching for their rights and their dignity on the date celebrated as the “Day of the Indigenous Resistance.” The group will also visit Mapuche communities in southern Chile, in the slums of Santiago, and meet with Mapuche political prisoners to learn how their natural resources are still being looted and their lands increasingly militarized. The group will meet with family members of the disappeared and survivors of torture and visit places that are important to the memory of these victims. The delegation fee (yet to be determined) will include itinerary, guides, housing, at least two meals a day, and in-country transportation. It does not include travel to and from Chile. For more information and an application, contact: Dale Sorensen, (415)924-3227.

5.   2009 Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking: To be held October 23-25 in Memphis, TN. Featuring Mubarak Awad, Rudy Balles, Kathy Kelly, Barbara Love, Michael Nagler, CT Vivian with dozens of workshops, panel discussions, trainings, and other happenings. This three day conference will bring together modern visionaries on nonviolence and social change with community leaders, activists, academics, and organizers to train, learn, plan, and organize to create a culture of liberation and justice for all.

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