Upcoming peace events
If you're looking for a way to help change the world or at least keeping it from being blown to smithereens, here are some events and organizations you might want to get involved with. I am working with each of these groups and/or events (which explains why I have been so busy lately) and I can promise that you will meet some outstanding people and you will not be bored.
GRANNIES FOR PEACE -- Annual Mother's Day Vigil May 11- 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Washington Park, Albany;meet near the statue of Moses. You do not have to be a grandmother -- or even a woman -- to participate. All genders and ages are welcome! A project of Women Against War (For more information about WAW: www.womenagainstwar.org). WAW is always looking for women to serve on the various project groups and we are always looking to add diversity to our ranks. Great women doing great things!
UPPER HUDSON PEACE ACTION -- Annual Potluck Dinner & Peace Maker Awards; Speaker Roy Bourgeois, international peacemaker and human rights activist, founder of the School of the Americas Watch. On May 11, 5:30 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church 10, North Main St., Albany. Donation $25 Info & RSVP (518) 595-9324 or email@example.com. Roy is a former Maryknoll priest who was ousted by the Vatican just before Pope Benedict quit. He had the audacity to publicly support the ordination of women, his stand on violence and war, especially in South America didn't make him very popular either. Gotta love the Vatican, all vestments and no scripture as I like to say. Roy is a must hear!
ANNUAL PEACEMAKERS' RETREAT -- July 5, 6 & 7 at Pyramid Life Center, Paradox, NY; Elizabeth McAllister and Frida Berrigan (The Dynamic Duo of Peacemaking) will present on the theme “Violence and Contemplation.” Using scripture, the texts of their lives and reflections on current events, the two will lead periods of study, discussion and contemplation, with the aim of inspiring deeper witness and closer community. $120 includes lodging, meals & 750 acres of incredible Adirondack wilderness. (Go to www.pyramidlife.org or firstname.lastname@example.org) For those of you over 50, yes it is “that” Elizabeth McAllister of the original “Plow Shares” actions. For those of you under 50, come and spend some time with a living legend of the peace movement. Frida, her daughter, is no slouch either. A quick Internet search on these two should pique your interest.
15th ANNUAL KATERI PEACE CONFERENCE -- Friday, August 16 (evening), Saturday August 17 from 9 Am to 3 p.m., Kateri Shrine in Fonda. Great speakers and workshops! This conference is one of the best-kept secrets of the Capital District! (Go to www.kateripeaceconference.org or email@example.com) This is a “save the date” notice, as soon as John Amidon, the conference coordinator and my friend, has more information I will post it. I actually started going to this event just seven or so years ago. John came to an event that I organized and I thought I should be nice and attend his in return. The Kateri Peace Conference has become a mainstay in my peace events ever since.