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The title of this post refers to comments by to a blog post written on the topic, “Discussing Race With Love,” by Trinity Peacemaker Cynthia Legette Davis.

The reader who wrote this comment was referring to the effect that constructive dialogue on the issue of race will have on the hearts and minds of people whose heritage includes racism and its effects.  “Thank you for having the courage to breach this rather difficult subject,” said another reader.

Rather than offering platitudes that racism is “bad,” Ms. Legette Davis suggests three specific, positive steps we can do every day, by ourselves to help stop the effects of racism.  Ms. Legette Davis alludes to both an inner dialogue and an outer dialogue.

What was it that Ms. Legette Davis said to merit such enthusiastic comments?   What are her three, specific suggestions you can apply daily?  Well, read for yourself!  Her blog post can be found HERE.  Enjoy!

cynthia Ms. Legette Davis

Ms. Legette Davis has also written books which may be viewed HERE. Notably, on this topic she has written a book and workbook for individuals and groups entitled, Peace Be Still: Inner Healing for Racial Harmony

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Presbyterians have pledged $1,000,000 to Haiti and have already delivered $500,000 of that aid. 

A webinar was held on February 11th to inform people about the current situation.  To hear a recording of the first webinar, visit the Mission Crossroad Web site.

A second webinar is scheduled for TODAY, Feb. 22 from 1 p.m.-2p.m. EST.  To register for that webinar, click here.

For more general information, see Presbyterian News Service

 

“When the cameras go away, Presbyterians do not.”  Quote: Pix Mahler (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Regional Liaison to Haiti)

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The Peacemaking Committee for Trinity Presbytery will be having a face-to-face meeting this Tuesday evening, February 23rd, 2010, at 6:00 P.M. at the Presbytery Offices (554 DaVega Drive, Lexington, SC 29073). 

If you feel called as a peacemaker and are willing to work as part of the fellowship of the Presbyterian Church, USA, please join us!  We will be brainstorming a vision and a path forward for peacebuilding in Trinity Presbytery in central South Carolina!  

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Listen up! Join us for a Webinar about the situation in Haiti! Hosted by World Mission with Presbyterian Hunger and PDA as panelists. It will happen on February 11 at 1:00 to 2:00 pm EST. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now!

Register here to attend the Webinar : Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Haiti Update

 

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Forgiveness!

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

 

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On April 15th – 17th at Stony Point, New York, you are invited to join an international gathering of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF).   The purpose of this conference is to deepen the commitment to nonviolence and radical discipleship in the PC(USA).  The cost of $230 includes two nights lodging and all meals.  Limited scholarships are available.  

This conference will be equal parts inspiration, introspection, learning, strategizing, and building up the community of followers of Jesus. The format includes keynote speeches by Dr. Obery Hendricks, workshops on skill building and current PPF work, and ‘open space’ for convocation participants to set their own agenda.

 

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Dr. Obery Hendricks,
Professor of Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary


Keynote speaker Dr. Hendricks will reflect on the meaning of justice and its relationship to peace and nonviolence. Paying careful attention to the teachings of both Gandhi and King, he will challenge the participants to examine their own beliefs, reflect on the questions that are hardest for himself personally, and ask others to do the same.

 

Click HERE for more information

Download a registration form here.

If you are interested in promoting this event in your local community, download the brochure here and the invitation letter from PPF executive director Rick Ufford-Chase here.

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Peace!

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
      — Andre Gide (1869-1951)

 

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