April 2016: Faith and Transforming Response to Conflict

April 2016 Midday Interfaith Dialogue

Faith and Transforming the World’s Response to Conflict (The Nonviolent Peaceforce)

Thursday, April 14, 2016
12 – 1:45 p.m.
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
1671 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105 (View Map)

This month’s SPIN Midday dialogue considers non-violence and faith perspectives on transforming conflict through the lens of the leaders of an organization dedicated to unarmed civilian peace-keeping, the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP). Volunteer and paid leaders of the Nonviolent Peaceforce will share how their faith has informed their work in building and leading an organization which operates civilian peace-keeping teams in conflict zones in the Philippines, Myanmar, South Sudan and the Middle East. Nonviolent Peaceforce has recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee. Founded in the Twin Cities and now with offices here and in Brussels, NP is an international NGO recognized by the United Nations, working in countries torn by conflict. Mary Lou Ott, a founder of NP; Marna Anderson, Director of Development; Ken Ford, Buddhist teacher and NP (and SPIN/HMS!) volunteer; and Thor Wagstrom will be our presenting panel. Religion and violence too often to go hand-in-hand, while every religion teaches non-violence. Join the dialogue about what faith and efforts such as that of NP can do to strengthen alternatives to violence in our troubled world. Free, open to all, at Doors open at 11:30 a.m., light refreshments/beverages provided; bag lunches welcome