Religious Action for Peace & Justice
Free Zoom Webinar
MARCH 22, 2021 • 7-9 PM
A dialogue between religious activists in the movement against the American war in Vietnam and interfaith leaders in contemporary struggles for economic and racial justice
The peace movement to stop the US war in Vietnam was composed of numerous sectors of civil society, including religious and interfaith organizations. The Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee invites you to an online webinar to discuss how religious groups were organized during the war and how faith-based organizations are confronting today’s challenges, exploring what can be learned from a dialogue across the decades.
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Rev. Dick Fernandez, Clergy and Laity Concerned About VietnamRev. Carol A. Jensen, Chair, Faith Action Network, Washington stateRabbi David Saperstein, Religious Action Center of Reform JudaismRev. Petero Sabune, Sts. John Paul & Clement, Mount Vernon, NYMarie Dennis, Senior Advisor, Pax Christi InternationalDoug Hostetter, Peace Pastor, Mennonite Church
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Doug Hostetter is a Peace Pastor in the Mennonite Church. Doug was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War who chose to do his alternative service working for the Mennonite Central Committee in Tam Ky, Vietnam, from 1966 - 1969. During his time in Vietnam, Doug established a literacy program which used Vietnamese high school students to teach thousands of Vietnamese children, whose schools had been destroyed by the US military, how to read and write. Doug returned to Vietnam in 1970 with the US National Student Association delegation that negotiated the People’s Peace Treaty, and was broadly active in the US antiwar movement. Doug worked for the United Methodist Office for the United Nations, was the Director of the New England Office of the American Friends Service Committee, the Director of the US Fellowship of Reconciliation and directed the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office for over a decade. Doug is currently the NGO Representative for Pax Christi International at the United Nations. Doug has published widely on the issues of war, peace and nonviolence, and is a contributing author to The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar movement.
Marie Dennis was co-president of Pax Christi International from 2007 to 2019. She is now a senior advisor to the secretary general and serves on the executive committee of Pax Christi’s Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. She worked for Maryknoll for 22 years, primarily as director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and was a founder of the Center for New Creation, the Washington Area Community Investment Fund and Assisi Community in Washington DC. Marie has been active in popular and faith-based movements for social justice and peace for over 40 years. She is author or co-author of seven books, editor of the award-winning Orbis Book, Choosing Peace: The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence and co-editor of Advancing Nonviolence and Just Peace in the Church and the World, published by Pax Christi International in 2020.
DR. ROSALYN NICHOLS
Dr. Rosalyn Nichols is a native of Memphis, TN, serving as the organizing pastor of Freedom’s Chapel Christian Church (DOC). Following the death of a childhood friend, Dr. Nichols organized A More Excellent Way, Inc. with a mission to help individuals from all walks of life to enter into, engage in and maintain spiritually healthy relationships toward the elimination of relationship violence. She is a founding member of MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope). Her travels have involved being a visiting professor in Gweru, Zimbabwe; church planter to China and a pilgrimage following the steps of Jesus. She has presented at the Samuel D. Proctor Conference, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship & Mercer University Conference on Sexuality and Covenant, and the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention. Dr. Nichols’ deepest passion is transformational teaching, preaching while working with others to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly before her God.
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