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About Our Speakers, Peacemaking in the 21st Century

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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 racial injustice?
  • What theologies undermine our work for peace and justice — theologies that tacitly support occupation, oppression, segregation, exploitation?
  • How does an ethic of non-violence play out in an age where resistance is necessary?
Date: January 31, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Hall, Grandview United Methodist Church,
888 Pleasure Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
Details: Panel of speakers and lively Q & A.

dcf4823d-4e82-4f91-81e5-3fd787599fd6Jonathan Kuttub, Esq. is a Palestinian-American international attorney who is a member of the Bar Associations in New York, Palestine and Israel.He is co-founder of Al Haq, the award-winning, first, Palestinian Human Rights organization, and Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners. He headed the Legal Committee of the Palestinian delegation negotiating the Cairo Agreement between Israel and the PLO which created the Palestinian National Authority. Jonathan is a frequent commentator and speaker on current affairs in the Middle East at conferences, universities and in the media.

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Sandy Strauss joined the staff of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches as its Director of Public Advocacy in April, 2004. In this role, Sandy serves as a member of the executive staff of the Council of Churches with responsibilities to inform, educate, and empower people of faith on significant public issues. She received her Master of Divinity degree in 2003 from Lancaster Theological Seminary and was ordained in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (US), Jan. 25, 2004. She also holds a M. A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Sandy lives in Harrisburg, PA.

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Naomi Christine Leapheart is currently a Brown, Rooks and Evans Scholar at Lancaster Theological Seminary.  She is affiliated with the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational group of primarily African-American Christian leaders and laity invested in a theology of radical inclusivity. Naomi has been featured in “From Generation to Generation,” a commemorative collection of sermons by the nation’s leading young African-American ministers. She has served as co-pastor and minister of music at Wisdom’s Table at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.

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