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May 28, 2013

National LPF Gathering July 4-7

Register today for the National LPF Gathering July 4-7! Enjoy a variety of workshops, great speakers, music, fun, and fellowship in a delightful natural setting -- along a beautiful lagoon, surrounded by trees and flowers, with the Olympic Mountains as backdrop.

Join us for three days of learning, sharing, and support as we examine peacemaking strategies and vision, encourage one another, strengthen our network, and explore the potential of nonviolence — how it can be used to confront injustice, and express our compassion toward all.

Interested in joining us? For more information, you can contact our national coordinator Glen Gersmehl: or 206-349-2501. Click on the following words for further information on speakers, workshop descriptions, the schedule, or logistics, as well as the registration form (in Word, pdf, or online), accomodations & services available, and directions to Seabeck. For general information, go to and click on Seabeck, then on the underlined topic you wish to explore.

Please share this information with others who might be interested, and please, consider being part of this extraordinary event!

US Budget Priorities 2013

Check out the newly updated version of our computer activity on U.S. budget priorities. Many LPF leaders are convinced that the struggle over funding of military forces vs. programs that benefit “the least of these” is a crucial issue for us to push our elected officials to make a top priority and take leadership on this summer.
LPF’s Budget Priorities activity is interactive, easy to use, and engaging; ideal to recommend for your congregation or group. It has received enthusiastic reviews from several hundred adult forums, conferences and events across the nation.(Together, our computer activities have been used by a million people – which gives a sense of how effective and inspiring groups find them to be.)
Download the Activity and Leaders Guide herehtml, pdf

World Refugee Day 2013
Now when they had departed, behold,( an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. (Matthew 2:13-15)

World Refugee Day
, observed June 20 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. World Refugee Day in 2013 looks specifically at the impact of war on families. The core message in 2013 is “1 family torn apart by war is too many”.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

World Refugee Day Materials - UNHCR 
World Refugee Day - UN
World Refugee Day - Wikipedia