September 23, 3:00-8:30 pm
The Islamic Society of Nevada
4730 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Organized by the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and
Nevada Desert Experience.
Vibrant movements for dignity and social justice are emerging in faith communities throughout the world. To bring these inspiring efforts to light we are organizing The Ediger Memorial Interfaith Celebration of Active Nonviolence on September 23. Dinner will be provided, and childcare will be available. RSVPs are appreciated to help us plan accordingly.
The celebration honors the spirit of active nonviolence with presenters who are life-long peace workers, authors and scholars. Vincent Harding is chairperson of the Veterans of Hope Project: A Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal. He was the academic adviser for Public Broadcasting's famous Eyes on the Prize documentary about the civil rights movement, was friends with Martin Luther King, Jr. and is credited with drafting King's famous speech, “Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam.”
Kathy Kelly is founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, based in Chicago. Members of Voices led over 70 delegations to Iraq to challenge the economic sanctions and were present in Baghdad in resistance to the 2003 U.S. military invasion. Since 2009, Voices has led five delegations to Afghanistan and two to Pakistan to listen to and learn from nonviolent grassroots movements and to raise awareness about the impacts of U.S. militarism in the region.
Mary Litell OSF will facilitate an exercise to help participants discern why they consider some actions violent or nonviolent. Mary is a trainer with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and also with Capacitar International which helps trauma-stricken refugees learn practical coping techniques. Joining the program for the evening panel, Nonviolence in Action, will be
Rae Abileah, a co-director of CODEPINK Women for Peace and a founding member of Young, Jewish and Proud. A Capella music by members of the St. James the Apostle Catholic Church choirs will stir our souls.
We're asking you to support this continuation of Ediger’s work to lift up “Faith, Hope and Love as alternatives to Cynicism, Despair and Fear." We are raising funds now to make this a successful community event that will attract a broad audience of inter-faith participants.
Peter Ediger was a poet and peacemaker who died on February 17. He was the local coordinator of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, and he was a former Mennonite minister and Coordinator of Nevada Desert Experience. Active Nonviolence means a practice that doesn’t hate or try to annihilate “enemies” through war or violence, but also doesn’t ignore or retreat into passive acceptance of injustice.
Our vision of a world full of community and love instead of violence and war is closer then we ever imagined possible. Come. Celebrate the making of peace!
Donations by check can be made payable to Nevada Desert Experience. Put “Ediger NV Celeb” on the memo line.
Direct inquiries to Jim Haber, Coordinator, Nevada Desert Experience, 1420 W. Bartlett Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106. Telephone: 702-646-4814 E-mail: <jim@NevadaDesertExperience.org>.
Shalom, Salaam, Paz, Peace,
The Ediger Memorial Interfaith Celebration of Active Nonviolence Organizing Committee
Aslam Abdullah, Imam, Islamic Society of Nevada; Board Member IFCSN
Mary Lou Anderson, Council Member, Nevada Desert Experience and Board Member IFCSN
Baba Anal, Board Member, Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada (IFCSN)
Karen Boyett, Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada (IFCSN)
Jo Ann Buckner, Board Member, Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada
Jim Haber, Committee Chair and Coordinator, Nevada Desert Experience
Ruthie Howard, Program Manager, Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada