Lake Junaluska plans peace event

6/1/2009

Participants in this year’s Lake Junaluska Peace Conference will be exposed to a dialogue of better understanding of the faith communities of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Sept. 20–22 are the dates for this time of learning about one another’s faith traditions, examining what each brings to the search for peace, celebrating common heritage and exploring ways to be more effective “peace builders” in local communities.

 “Lake Junaluska is delighted to once again provide the site and staff support for the Lake Junaluska Peace Conference. We appreciate so much the Peace Committee’s work in offering such a timely conference. Their efforts allow Lake Junaluska to serve the church and the community by providing challenging speakers and information to assist persons in becoming the peace makers that Christ calls us to be,” said the Rev. Jimmy Carr, Lake Junaluska executive director and a Mississippi native.   

Speakers from each faith will describe what their scriptures and practices have to bring to the table of peace. Workshops will teach skills in being Peace Builders. Through prayers, celebrations, and the arts, we will experience what each contributes to the search for peace.

Leadership for the event includes:

• Archbishop Elias Chacour — A native Palestinian, Chacour was ordained a priest in the Melkite Catholic Church in 1965. In 2006, he became the Archbishop Metropolitan of the Melkite Diocese of Akka, Haifa, Nazareth, and all of Galilee in Israel. He has long been a strong voice for peace and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel and has worked with all factions and faiths.

• Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow — Waskow has been one of the creators and leaders of Jewish renewal and of several important interfaith projects addressing issues of peace, justice and healing of the Earth. He founded the Shalom Center in 1983 and has been its director since.

• Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed — He serves as the national director of Interfaith and Community Alliances for the Islamic Society of North America. The ISNA is an umbrella organization with 300 affiliates across the US and Canada. He has been actively involved in fostering understanding among the world’s religions and has participated in interfaith dialogues at different levels.

• Dr. Lisa Schirch — She serves as professor of peace-building at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. She is executive director of the 3D Security Initiative, which promotes civil society perspectives on conflict prevention and peace-building in US security policy-making.

Cost of the event is $79 for those who register before Aug. 1 and $89 after. Students pay $65.

Register online at www.lakejunaluska.com/peace.aspx, by fax 828-452-1956 or by phone 828-454-6656. Lodging reservations can be made at www.lakejunaluska.com/peace.aspx or by calling 1-800-222-4930. Please let the reservations representative know that you are attending the Peace Conference.