Jul 31

2017 OFS-USA-JPIC 2017 Animate Peace Gathering

  • Renaissance Hotel

2017 Animate Peace Gathering

27 – 30 July 2017

Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

The Gathering begins Thursday evening with 5pm

dinner and ends on Sunday at 11am

In his opening statement of the 2017 World Day of Peace Message, Pope
Francis prays that, "especially in situations of conflict, let us respect
this, our deepest dignity, and make active nonviolence our way of life

Our Holy Rule tells us to be mindful that we are all bearers of peace, and
as such, we are called to continual conversion of heart and mind.

During our Animate Peace Gathering, we will learn the art of

nonviolent communication and mindful listening as paths to

conflict resolution and nonviolent living.


The cost for conference, hotel and meals is

$325 for a shared room, $480 for a private room.  

- for those registering by May 15, 2017.

Commuter cost is $165 for conference and meals.

Costs will increase by $40 after the May 15th deadline.

A $100 deposit is due at time of registration.

Full payment due by June 15, 2017

All are welcome but space is limited.

For more information, please contact

Carolyn Townes at ctownes26 @ hotmail.com.

Jun 10

Agents of Peace in a Time of Fear

  • Taconic Retreat Center


Agents of Peace in a Time of Fear

Roots and Branches: Programs for Spiritual Growth


Starts: June 9, 2017

Ends: June 10, 2017

Taconic Retreat Center 64 White Dr. Red Hook, New York 12571


As featured in The Wall Street Journal. Read the article here.

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 In these days when acts of violence and hate speech are all too common, many find themselves fearful, with a sense of helplessness. We don't have to be. As followers of Christ, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers and reconcilers just as he was. This retreat aims to reinforce our trust in and dedication to the peacemaking work of Christ. Through reflection on scripture, prayer, and times of silence, participants will have opportunities to personally tap into that "peace that surpasses all understanding." Furthermore, they will consider ways to create safe and constructive dialog between those who have not had much positive conversation with each other regarding race, politics, class, or religion. And to help put faith into practice, they will be empowered with methods to use in their relationships and communities for positive responses to violence. Co-led by the Revs. Masud Ibn Syedullah and Garrett Mettler at Taconic Retreat Center in Milan, NY. Accommodations at the retreat center and all meals are included in the $300 registration cost. To find out more and to register visit www.taconicretreat.org or call 845-758-8764.

12:30 pm12:30

Building Bridges: A Christian Muslim Interfaith Dialog

  • St. Luke in the Fields Episcopal Chruch

Roots and Branches: Programs for Spiritual Growth


With recent political decisions to attempt to ban Muslims and refugees from entering this nation for a better life or even for safety, what is our role in responding as people of faith? As a nation founded upon principles of religious freedom and enshrined in our Constitution, what are the duties of a Christian majority in defending the freedom of religious minorities? Fear is a highly controlling force that plays a major role in the narrative around Muslims – and a lack of common understanding about Islam as a religion often fuels the fire of fear. Building Bridges | A Christian-Muslim Interfaith Dialogue is an opportunity for us to learn more about Islam and our Muslim brothers and sisters. At this moderated panel discussion, our speakers will discuss:

  • what our faiths have in common;
  • the “Muslim experience” in this country;
  • ways that we can support each other in our communities as people of faith;
  • ways that Christians and Muslims can work together to strive for peace, justice, and understanding in our communities and the greater world.

Please join us on Sunday, March 26th at 1:30 pm for this timely and important “Conversation That Matters.” For more information, and to sign up, please visit St. Luke's Eventbrite page here.

Mar 22

The People of God: A Sacred Prism

  • Omaha, Nebraska

An Interfaith Conference to Celebrate the Unity and Common Life We Share in the Holy One In these times of suspicion and fear of people of different faith traditions, this conference, led by a rabbi, Christian priest, and imam, affirms the Divine Light that shines through all people of Godly faith, and offers an opportunity to experience that Life-Giving Spirit in “the other.” Participants hear presentations, and experience some of the spiritual practices of the three Abrahamic traditions, including Holy Scripture, music, poetry, and sacred movement. Designed to facilitate conversation and understanding among people of different faith traditions, participants go forth from the conference as witnesses of unity and hope. For more information and to sign up, click here.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Jan 25

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The traditional Period in the northern hemisphere for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25. Those dates were proposed in 1908 by the Servant of God, Fr. Paul Wattson, SA Founder of the Society of the Atonement, to cover the original days of the feasts of the Chair of St. Peter (January 18) and the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25), and therefore have a symbolic significance.
— Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII)