Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Register Now for Advocacy Training Weekend! Deadline for Discounted Hotel Rate Coming Soon!

Register Now for the two great events of Advocacy Training Weekend!

Jesus Weeps – Resisting Violence, Building Peace

Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day - March 21
Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 21-24

A discount rate for both events will be offered at the Double Tree Crystal City. Click here for more information and to book a room: http://advocacydays.org/2014-resisting-violence-building-peace/location-housing/

Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day
March 21

In a world where more than 45 million people worldwide are uprooted from their homes by persecution and armed conflict, deadly conflicts over natural resources are erupting around the world, and 3,000 children are killed in the US by guns each year, what is the role of the Presbyterian Church in working towards a world where all can flourish in peace and security? The ministries of Compassion Peace and Justice of the PC(USA) are coming together for the 4th annual CPJ Training Day in Washington, DC to educate Presbyterians on the role the church is playing in resisting violence and building peace both locally and globally.

Go to our website for more information and to register – www.pcusa.org/washington

A sampling of some workshops to be offered:

Empowered: Victims No More
Self-Development of People is a ministry committed to assisting people as they identify solutions to problems impacting them and their community. In this workshop hear from people directly impacted by violence, how they have come together and how through self-empowerment are working to rid their community of this violence while at the same time healing themselves. Learn how you can assist people in your community as they struggle for the right to live in peace without fear of violence.

When the Global Market Gets Violent 
Global partners – and their Presbyterian allies – talk about the violent risks that threaten human rights workers in settings where mining companies fight government regulations and where land is grabbed out from underneath subsistence farmers who’ve lived there for generations. Consider joining us in Joining Hands – as an individual, as a congregation, as a presbytery – as we work to better lives.  

Nonviolent Responses to the Occupation
Palestinians, Israelis, and others work in nonviolent ways to end the occupation of Palestine. This workshop will provide an overview of nonviolent efforts with a focus on the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace.

After Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day join our ecumenical colleagues for

Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 21-24

Come to the 12th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days and join hundreds of other Christians in “Resisting Violence, Building Peace.” Guided by the image of Jesus weeping over a capital city that turned from the true way of peace (Luke 19:41-42), we will expose the violence that pervades our culture and world.

As people of hope, we are consoled by the promise that “justice and peace shall embrace” (Psalm 85:10), and are reminded that justice requires peace-making and that peace requires justice-making. We will confront and imagine how to transform the violence in our world, and together will seek a vision of peace in the community, peace among the peoples, peace in the marketplace, and peace with the earth. Through prayer, worship, speakers, and advocacy training we will discover a faith-based vision for national policies that “guide our feet into the path of peace” (Luke 1:79), all culminating with Monday’s Congressional Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.

Go to our website for information on both events and to register – www.pcusa.org/washington