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January Conference and Course Will Focus on Peacemaking

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Dr. Philip Amerson, President of Claremont School of Theology, is assembling some of the leading practitioners of global and local conflict transformation for Peacemaking in the Present Age: Engaging Communities in Conflict. “With so many of our global and local communities in turmoil, Claremont School of Theology is taking a leading role in providing transformative strategies to those who seek to build peace,” said President Amerson.

“Peacemaking in the Present Age will provide practical tools for those who seek to resolve conflict, diffuse tensions and enable integrity and justice.”
Bishop Dale White, the “grand old man of peacemaking in the United Methodist Church” will be joined by Bishop Joseph Sprague and California Pacific Bishop Mary Ann Swenson as part of the leadership team for a conference on waging Peace to be held at the Claremont School of Theology January 12-13, 2003. Also participating in the leadership of the conference are Mrs. Joann Fukumoto of the Peace with Justice Committee of the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Mr. Tom Porter, Director of the Center for JustPeace in Evanston, Illinois. Peacemaking in the Present Age will be held on the campus of Claremont School of Theology on January 12 and 13, 2003.
Conference leaders will explore and discuss the nature of conflict and relay their personal experiences with the current state of our world, as well as their personal experiences n peacemaking. Bishop Joseph Sprague, for example, is one of the principle architects of the United Methodist doctrine on the potential U.S. war with Iraq. He also recently returned from a fact-finding visit to Afghanistan. Tom Porter of JustPeace has been involved in conflict transformation and restorative justice efforts in local communities throughout the Midwest.
The Conference, Peacemaking in the Present Age, coincides with a seminary course, “Exploring Vocation in a Violent World,” being taught by Dr. Amerson, Mr. Porter and Bishops Swenson and Sprague. These classes will be held from January 6-17, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Enrollment is open to all including lay or clergy persons seeking credit or as auditors.
The registration fee for Peacemaking in the Present Age is $60. Registration fee includes lunch. For further information or to register, please contact: Events, Claremont School of Theology, 1325 N. College ave., Claremont, CA 91711 or e-mail events@cst.edu or call (909) 447-2554. For enrollment information for the course Exploring Vocation in a Violent World, please call (909) 447-2557.
Claremont School of Theology is located in the beautiful village of Claremont, thirty miles east of Los Angeles, CA.

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