A special invitation from Rev. Forbes as he sums up the Congress and how it will play a role in the path of peace:
– Pastor Emeritus from the Riverside Church in New York and President and Founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundation James A. Forbes
Correction: the Congress dates are March 1-4, 2011
At the last meeting of the National Planning Committee we had the chance to talk individually with a few of the wonderful minds gathered around that table. While these videos offer just a slice of the wisdom and experience being leveled at these meetings towards moving us away from a culture of violence through peacemaking, they pack quite a punch.
Dave Frenchak speaks in this video about the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry and the tools and equipping that the gathering will provide to those whose ministries will actively create peace.
Dave Frenchak - Peacemaking Insight I
“My best hope is that this event is going to be a disruptive event. That we will be able, through this event, to disrupt the routines in the culture that cause violence… That we will be able to disrupt the roles that different people play in this culture of violence… the roles that we ourselves play, unwittingly, that promotes a culture of violence… And that we will be able to disrupt the rules, both spoken and unspoken, known and unknown, that all of us obey which actually feed the culture of violence.
So that we can begin thinking out of a different framework: not a culture of violence but a culture of making peace.”
Speaking of Faith has a recent podcast up on their website under the title: The Art of Peace.
John Paul Lederach describes what really happens when people transcend violence while living in it, and so find the moral imagination to live beyond it. Also, stories you’ve never heard in the news — from Colombia, Nepal, Tajikistan, Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland, and Burma.
Access the program at the Speaking of Faith website.