|Kateri Statue (Photo by Jim McIntosh)|
Kateri Tekakwitha, now Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, would surely be pleased with all of the loving preparations for this year's 15th Annual Kateri Tekakwitha Peace Conference.
The conference website explains: We are deeply committed to nonviolence as we firmly believe that nothing moral or sustainable can come from violence. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. Gandhi stated, "Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
It is within this Spirit that presenters and participants will gather together at the National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in Fonda, New York on August 16 - 17, 2013. On the 16th (a Friday), there will be an all-day retreat with Rev. Chris Antal, an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister. The title of this retreat is Being Peace: Spiritual Disciplines for Sustaining Social Action. Antal knows whereof he speaks, having recently served as a military chaplain in Afghanistan.
On the 17th, there will be a number of equally-riveting presenters. Ellen Barfield, a quarter-century "nonviolent peace and justice activist," begins the day with a talk on Civil Resistance and Civil Disobedience. Cathy Breen, who recently visited Iraq, continues with a discussion of the Iraqi Occupation and its Aftermath. Attorney Stephen Downs then explains how War Destroys Law. Martha Hennessy, Dorothy Day's granddaughter, afterwards details Day's Life and Work. Ray McGovern, former CIA Analyst, then addresses The Moral Imperative of Activism. Catholic Worker Brian Terrell afterwards speaks about Protest to Prison and Back Again. Author Jack Gilroy will also "be on hand to comment on his play 'The Predator.'"
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