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The Ediger Memorial Interfaith Celebration
of Active Nonviolence

A stimulating Sunday of dynamic, thought-provoking discussions, uplifting music, delicious food and sharing of useful tools for dealing with violence and its aftermath.

Active nonviolence is any creative alternative to passive inaction on the one hand,  or countering violence with more violence on the other hand.

September 23, 2012 (Sunday)
3 - 8:30 p.m.

Islamic Society of Southern Nevada
4730 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Complementary Refreshments and Dinner Courtesy of the Islamic Society of Nevada

Free Admission ($10 donation suggested)

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Interfaith convergence stokes energy for nonviolent change
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Southern Nevada's Interfaith Council is organizing a celebration of Active Nonviolence, with the generous help of Nevada Desert Experience and Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. The event was the brainchild of Peter Ediger (1932-2012), poet, peace-maker, and veteran of many nonviolent campaigns and embraced by the Interfaith Council, who renamed it in Peter's honor after his death. We are honored to bring this celebration to life!

Peter co-founded Nevada Desert Experience in 1984 and Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service in 1989. Peter most recently worked with Pace e Bene and with Family Promise, a local organization that assisted homeless familes. For many years he was actively involved with Nevada Desert Experience, and served as a member of the core group of the Las Vegas Catholic Worker.

Vibrant movements for dignity and social justice are emerging in faith communities throughout the world. 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. Kathy is joining us after retunring from a recent Afghanistan trip.

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 as well as Ahmed Younis, Co-author of American Blackness: Reflective Thoughts by Men of Faith (Roman & Littlefield, Fall 2012) and from 2008 to 2012, Senior Analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.

A capella music by members of the St. James the Apostle Catholic Church Gospel Choir under the direction of Susan Briare 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
Peter Ediger (1932-2012)

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