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Dec 28, 2009

World Day of Peace


The 43rd World Day of Peace will be celebrated on 1 January 2010.

The United Nations invited the world to celebrate One Day In Peace - January 1, 2000 - as the beginning of the International Decade for the Culture of Peace & Nonviolence for the Children of the World! Lutheran Peace Fellowship joined with 1000 other organizations in almost 140 nations in this launch for a better world... Throughout the past decade, LPF has developed resources, workshops, and trainings in the effort to create a culture of peace and nonviolent responses to conflict.

links:

International Day of Peace - Wikipedia

Pax Christi - World Day of Peace

USCCB - World Day of Peace

THEME FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2010

ONE DAY IN PEACE

Dec 17, 2009

Christmas Day - December 25th

It is not always “simple” to live and work for simplicity and sustainability in our world.
This is especially true during the holiday season when consumerism is working overtime.
Here are ideas on simplicity in the way we live, the gifts we give, the time we share, and the ways we prepare to receive the Prince of Peace.
Peacepoints: Reclaim the Season

Success!
LPF´s top program priority last spring was offering information and encouragement to our members to support increased funding for poverty related assistance. We are pleased to report that on December 13, the Senate approved H.R. 3288, a "consolidated" appropriations bill that contains FY 2010 funding for this along with other important priorities. Approved earlier by the House, the bill is now on the President's desk for his signature.
The bill includes funding increases for USAID, Global Health and Child Survival, Development Assistance, Agriculture and Food Security Programs, Basic and Higher Education,, Educational and Cultural Exchanges, Energy and the Environment, Peace Corps, Millennium Challenge Corporation and substantial funding for Improving Access to Safe Drinking Water and Humanitarian Assistance. A complete summary can be found at:
http://appropriations.house.gov/pdf/FY10_SFOPS_Conference_Summary.pdf

Dec 9, 2009

Human Rights Day 2009


Human Rights Day 2009 on December 10

will focus on non-discrimination.


“Discrimination lies at the root of many of the world’s most pressing human rights problems. No country is immune from this scourge. Eliminating discrimination is a duty of the highest order.”
Navi Pillay
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


Discrimination: treating a person or particular group of people differently, especially in a worse way from the way in which you treat other people, based on the group, class, or category to which they belong (skin color, religion, sex, etc.) rather than on individual merit: intolerance and prejudice.

videos:

UN Human Rights Chief urges an end to discrimination



Anthony Romero message for Human Rights Day



Robert Archer Interview



Wilder Tayler




Links:

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Human Rights Day 2009

The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

LPF resource: Addressing Racism: Challenge for Peacemakers

Lutheran Human Relations Association

The Lutheran World Federation - Office for International Affairs and Human Rights

Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service

Lutherans Concerned/ North America

Goodsoil

ELCA:

Human Rights - CSR program

Human Dignity and Human Rights

ELCA Commission for Multicultural Ministries

Journal of Lutheran Ethics - February 2009 issue - Human Rights and Family




Atonement Lutheran Church

Reconciling in Christ team presents:



HOPE, HOMOSEXUALITY, and HOSPITALITY

A Bible study by Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke, Oregon Synod - ELCA

Wednesday, January 27th 6:00 PM – Potluck and fellowship; 7:00 PM – Bible study, followed by questions and answers. Everyone is welcome! (541) 265-2554 (download the flier)

If you are interested in more information about the Reconciling in Christ process and how to hold such an event in your own congregation, check out the following online websites and resources:

Lutherans Concerned/North America

Caring Conversations - Trinity's Affirmation of Welcome

goodsoil.org – Lutheran Alliance for Full Participation

Wingspan

Soulforce



Dramatic new film
"The End of Poverty?"
nationwide premier

Now Showing in Seattle

for other cities see the full schedule and more details . . .

Interview: Filmmaker Philippe Diaz on “The End of Poverty?”