Conferences of Historic Peace Churches

The Latin American Peace Conference of the Historic Peace Churches took place November 28 through December 2, 2010 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Mostly from Latin America, the 70 invited participants represented the Society of Friends, Church of the Brethren and Mennonite Church. Loida Fernández, Executive Secretary of the Committee of Latin American Friends (COAL), and Paul Mitchell, Executive Committee of FWCC Section of the Americas were The Quaker representatives on the Steering Committee. 20 Quakers (9 women and 11 men) participated in the conference. They come from the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Peru and the United States. These are people who have devoted years to peace work on many different levels, ranging from individual and family situations, to prison ministries, AVP programs and reconciling of communities torn apart by wars and drug-related violence.

The conference videos, in English Spanish & Creole may be seen viewed on the internet at
http://www.bethanyseminary.edu/webcasts/PeaceConf2010
A written summary is being prepared.

On 8 Dec 2010 I spoke to Don Miller, a former professor at Bethany and ex-Gen Sec of the Church of the Brethren. He told me that this was the 4th such conference in a series. Others have been published as books by Cascadia Press, a Mennonite publisher in PA.
Seeking Cultures of Peace
Seeking Peace in Africa
Overcoming Violence in Asia (held in Indonesia, book to appear in 2011)
and eventaully the Santo Domingo conference

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