Thursday, February 25, 2010

On Earth Peace offers community change training for churches.

A training event titled "You Can't Stop the River: Community Change for Congregations," is offered by On Earth Peace on April 15-18 at First Church of the Brethren in Harrisburg, Pa. Leadership will be given by Matt Guynn, program director for On Earth Peace.

"Many congregations are ready to take a next step in community outreach and leadership for justice and peace, but aren’t sure what’s next," said an announcement from On Earth Peace. "What does proactive, hopeful action look like? Efforts to improve the community, reduce violence, build peace all too often dry up or get stopped along the way. If you believe God yearns for more peace and less violence--and you want your congregation to have a powerful ministry for justice and peace, focused on real change in the communityjoin us for ‘You Can't Stop the River.’"

Goals for the training are to build skills and confidence for community leadership, worship together and study scripture as a source of strength for community change, explore the history and philosophy of nonviolent community organizing and mobilization, reflect on the experience that congregations bring and exchange stories and wisdom with others, with God’s help prepare plans for what happens next in a church’s community. Teams of two-to-four people from each participating congregation are recommended.

Cost is $100, plus a participant offering to be taken during the event. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs. Some travel assistance and scholarships are available. Simple home stays will be provided in private homes. Meals will be provided, including a vegetarian option. "No one will be turned away because of funds," On Earth Peace said. "We are committed to making this training available and building grassroots capacity."

To apply, write a one-page letter including your congregation’s story and how this training would support your ministries, a description of your team, and the reasons why you want to attend the training. A letter of blessing and support should be provided from the congregation’s leadership team. Both letters should be sent to Matt Guynn at The application deadline is March 15.

Source: 2/25/2010 Newsline

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