The Circle of Elders
A couple of quick updates.
First, the website for the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq is now totally live, including online registration. If you're planning to come, don't hold off on registration, because there is limited seating at the National Cathedral and you'll be able to print a free "ticket" to get in as you register. If we go over 3,500 people, we'll have to figure out what to do next - spill out onto the lawn, use other churches, etc. If you're looking for a positive way to voice your opposition to the war, check out www.christianpeacewitness.org.
Keep in mind that the Presbyterians will have a networking gathering (co-sponsored by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, and the PC(USA) Washington Office, on Saturday from 11 - 4. (Some who have chosen to risk arrest as an expression of their conscience and their faith may not make it to that gathering). There's a place in the on-line registration where you can sign up for that as well.
Also, if you are organizing a group (and I'm praying that you are) to come from your church, presbytery or campus, please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can try to keep up with you. I remain convinced, (most days), that we can turn out five thousand Presbyterians for this event.
Some of you may know that the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is in the early stages of developing a "Circle of Elders" in which we will match interested young adults who are committed to active, nonviolent peacemaking work with elders on our database who have given their lives to the practice of integrating peacemaking and their ministries/careers.
We have a list of about two dozen elders who have expressed interest in being the charter members of the Circle of Elders. If you are roughly between 16 and 35 years old, and you'd like to be mentored in this kind of relationship, please write to us at email@example.com to let us know. We're hoping to encourage you into a relationship that might include email correspondence, regular phone calls, meetings face to face (if possible), and perhaps even doing nonviolent direct action work together.
I must say, as I work on these different initiatives, the energy around peacemaking that is deeply grounded in our faith is pretty tremendous.
The church is on the move. Can you feel it?