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Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness is a grassroots association dedicated to promoting biblical values of justice, care of creation, peace and nonviolent solutions to conflict.

Advocacy for Gun Safety

LIPW is eager to join CeaseFirePa (Pennsylvania) Everytown For Gun Safety (national), and Mayors Against Illegal Guns,  as in the past, in advocacy for reasonable gun legislation. This week will be book-ended by the Orlando shooting June13,— the worst mass shooting in American history — and the anniversary of the Charleston shooting. Both serve as…

Letter to the Editor – LancasterOnline

The enclosed should be in the newspaper in some form and/or your article.   I was present at the rally in Harrisburg  on  May 16, 2016,  held in the Capitol Rotunda.  Approximately  700 people came out to demand background checks for the sale of every gun and the passage of  HB 1010 in the House and …

400 Strong For Criminal Justice Reform

As many of your are already aware, Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness has focused this past year on criminal justice reform and racial inequality. Our organization co-sponsored an ecumenical learning series entitled In Chains We Trust. The series was focused on addressing the problems created in our society by a punitive penal system, including the mass incarceration of…

Make a Difference for Peace in Palestine and Israel

Volunteers with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI): Live in the West Bank for a three month term Work as an international team to provide protective presence to vulnerable communities Monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for a just peace Build relationships with Palestinian Christian communities…

Jonathan Kuttab on Peacemaking in the 21st Century

Thank you for joining Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness on January 31st during our Annual Meeting. We were encouraged by the insightful discussion presented by our knowledgable panelists including Naomi Christine Leapheart, Sandy Strauss and Jonathan Kuttab. “Globalization has allowed us to become connected in the 21st Century,” said Jonathan. Jonathan argued that particular war tactics common…

LIPW Proud to Meet Matching Fund Challenge

I would like to thank each of the 100 persons who attended the recent LIPW Annual Meeting on January 31st. It was a wonderful gathering where we set our course for the coming year, benefited from the views of our 3 panelists on “Peacemaking in the 21st Century,” paid tribute to the leadership of Urbane…

About Our Speakers, Peacemaking in the 21st Century

An engaging afternoon of fellowship and informative discussion led by a panel of distinguished speakers including Jonathan Kuttab, Esq., Naomi Leapheart and The Rev. Sandra L. Strauss: We Will Ask: What are the key issues facing peace educators and activists today? What does peacemaking mean in a time of increasing economic inequality, ISIS, climate change, continuing…

Our Team: Charles Bonner

Why do the LIPW board members get involved, and stay committed to the peace minded work we do? From Charles Bonner: Fighting in Vietnam as a 19-year-old U.S. Marine, I learned of the horror and futility of war. I have spent the years since then learning peace. LIPW helps me continue my education. Interested in…

To Our Neighbors at the Islamic Community Center, Lancaster

To our neighbors at the Islamic Community Center, Lancaster: At a time when the ugly voices of Islamophobia are being hear, and politicians appeal to the worst fears and prejudices of their constituencies, we take this opportunity to let you know that we, the membership of the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness, stand in solidarity with…