Saturday, July 08, 2006

A peaceful gathering

The Commission on Peace and Justice of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Veterans for Peace are sponsoring “The Convergence of Hope and History, Sustainable Solutions for A Peaceful World” on Friday, August 18, 5:30 pm - 9 pm and Saturday, August 19, 9am - 4:30 pm at the National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine on Route 5 in Fonda.
We come together in hope to restore and renew our spirits and our planet.

We will consider sustainable energy and simple living; what constitutes a workable government and responsible citizens; and how our spiritual values and personal initiative can make more real the Reign of God here and now.

Keynote speakers:

Jim Merkel on A Simpler Lifestyle

Previously a military engineer and arms trader, Jim now devotes himself to environmentalism and world peace. He’ll dialogue with us about practical ways to live a sustainable life.

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Jim Jennings on Creating Intercultural Dialogue

Jim is founder and president of Conscience International, a humanitarian aid and human rights organization. His dialogue between cultures has brought him to Darfur, Iran and Syria.

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Also, there will be a variety of workshops and a visit via a vegetable oil diesel bus to a nearby home completely powered by its own solar and wind energy system.

Friday evening - freewill offering.

Saturday - Students and seniors: $10; other adults: $15 - $40 (sliding scale).

Friday dinner, Saturday AM coffee, lunch and afternoon snack included.

Directions: Take Thruway Exit 28 (Fonda/Fultonville). After the exit, turn left, then right over the bridge. Turn left onto Route 5 West for about 1&1/2 miles. Shrine is on the right.

For more information and carpooling, call (518) 453-6695 or (518) 869-6674.