Michael McConnell reminds us of the power each of us has to build peace and justice. Michael was regional director of AFSC's Midwest Region until his death on April 7, 2013, after a courageous dance with cancer.
Dan Hughes of Des Moines holds a sign outside the Des Moines airport protesting plans to operate drones at the national guard base there.
Catholic Peace Ministry is pleased to announce that Robert Naiman will be giving a talk entitled "We Can Do Something About the Drone Strike Policy" on May 1 at 7 pm. (AFSC Iowa, Vets for Peace, PSR, MFSA and the Des Moines Catholic Worker are co-sponsors.)
By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
Overcoming Fear-Embracing Peace was the theme of the 9th annual Palm Sunday peace procession organized by the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace. The procession from the Iowa Capitol to St. Paul’s Episcopal cathedral commemorates Jesus’ march into Jerusalem; reminding us that the first Palm Sunday march was intended as a challenge to the military, civic, and religious powers.
Rachel Corrie, American peace activist, was killed 10 years ago this month by a Caterpillar bulldozer while trying to protect a Palestinian family’s home. Rachel’s story is one of courage and nonviolent resistance to Israel’s home demolitions.
“5 Broken Cameras” is another story of courage and resistance. This is the Academy Award nominated documentary of a Palestinian family, their village, and their non-violent resistance to Israel’s separation wall built on their land.
Rabbi Brant Rosen is the Rabbi of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) in Evanston, IL. He is the co-founder of Ta’anit Tzedek – Jewish Fast for Gaza and serves as the Chairperson of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council. He blogs regularly at Shalom Rav (http://rabbibrant.com/).
At the request of other St. Boniface parishioners in Waukee, Iowa, Lisa Bean asked Kathleen McQuillen from AFSC Iowa to make a presentation at the parish about the unrest in Israel/Palestine. The attachment is Lisa’s report from the presentation, her personal reflection on the situation, and resources one might access to learn more about the situation.
At the request of other St. Boniface parishioners in Waukee, Iowa, Lisa Bean asked Kathleen McQuillen from the American Friends Service Committee to make a presentation at her parish about the unrest in Israel/Palestine. Below is Lisa’s report from the presentation, her personal reflection on the situation, and resources one might access to learn more about the situation.
Following up on an interfaith statement developed among national religious leaders, Iowa Christian Bishops and Muslim faith leaders issued a recent statement encouraging President Obama to take “bold new initiatives” to advance a just peace in Israel and Palestine. This is a most timely push from the faith communities with the President scheduled to travel to Israel and Palestine in March.
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