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The Middle East Interest Group Pilgrimage to Peace

The Middle East Interest Group of The Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness presents Pilgrimage to Peace   When: Sunday, February 18, 2018, from 3 – 5 pm Where: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S. Duke Street Lancaster, PA 17602   The Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) hosts a conversation with…

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…

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…

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…

Paris, Humanity and Violence “Over There”

Via. Jurusalem Praxis Living, Teaching, and Thinking in the Holy City One BBC commentator suggested this morning that what happened in Paris was “Beirut-level” violence. That is an essential insight. Global and regional powers — many from “the West” — have for decades been inflicting massive violence and causing huge scales of human suffering throughout…

Syria: Seven Wars in One

One of the reasons the Syrian conflict is so brutal and hopeless is that it is not a straightforward war with two clearly defined sides.  It is, in reality, at least 7 wars wrapped up in one, with constantly shifting lines and unreasonable demands on the local civilian population to choose sides again and again….

Dr. Mousavian, Scholar and Diplomat to Speak on Iran Issue

SAVE THE DATE: Iran and the US: The Nuclear Deal and Beyond Saturday, September 12, 2015 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Church of the Apostles, 1850 Marietta Ave. Lancaster, PA LIPW is honored to sponsor this timely lecture by Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian. Seyed Hossein Mousavian is a Research Scholar at the Program on Science…

Iran Deal Offers Best Chance for Stability

Posted in Opinion, Letters to Editor on Wednesday, July 29th. Lancaster Online. Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness follows Friends Committee on National Legislation in welcoming the historic breakthrough between six nations and Iran. We call on U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and Rep. Joe Pitts to support this accord. It is time to end…