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Focused are the peacemakers

People ready to work for peace — not just hope for it — will converge on Washington, D.C., Jan. 18-19 for "Living Faithfully in a Violent World: Congregations and Community Working Together to End Violence," a training event with workshops on topics ranging from world peace and violence in the media to hate crimes and domestic violence. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, is keynoter.

The ELCA and the Washington National Cathedral are sponsoring the event. "Violence affects all of us," says Loretta Horton, ELCA director for social ministry and event coordinator. "We want to confront that, but also learn how we can be promoters of peace as well." She says the goal is for participants to return to their churches and communities with resources and practical ideas.

A Bible study, "Walking Jesus' Path of Peace," looks at such questions as, "Was Jesus naive about turning the other cheek?"

The event includes adult and youth tracks. Cost for adults is $150 for program and meals and $65 for housing; for youth, both for $25.


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