A Dialogue for Peace and Justice

Press Release

What: Public Forum - "A Dialogue for Peace and Justice"

When: Saturday, November 10, 2001, 6:30-9:00 p.m

Where: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St. in downtown Durham

Who: Public

Cost: Free

Sponsors: NC Society for Ethical Culture, Triangle Vegetarian Society, NC Peace Action, Peace 1st, US Servas, Durham Friends Meeting (Quakers), Local Spiritual of the Baha'is of Durham City, Jain Study Center of NC, Wake County Greens, Orange County Greens, Durham People's Alliance, and St. Philip's Episcopal Church.

Event Web Page: www.trianglevegsociety.org/nov2001conversation/

For more information: Call 919-260-6119

Event Description: The attacks against our country on September 11th shocked and horrified us all. Almost everyone asked "Why?" and struggled to find a rational framework with which to understand this tragedy, and to craft a response to it. Although the United States has embarked on a "War on Terrorism", many of us are still trying to articulate a policy which balances the demands of justice and the desire for a peaceful world.

A dozen community groups are organizing this community-wide forum as a venue both for education and an opportunity to build bridges and meet people in a variety of area organizations. The format of the evening will be four speakers who will present their different perspectives and current thoughts on peace and justice, followed by 45 minutes of conversation in small groups, and a regrouping to share.

The speakers will be Patrick O'Neill, Catholic Worker; Donna Hicks, Episcopalian Peace Fellowship; Chris Newlon, progressive realist; and Rudolf Zarzar, Professor of Political Science, Elon College. They will each speak for approximately 15 minutes.

The talks will be followed by facilitated break out sessions, where small groups will discuss their perspectives on the presentations, and their own views on peace and justice. We will end by reconvening briefly to share ideas generated in the dialogue.

We hope to have similar events in the future. Our next event will be on Sunday, November 18, 2-4p, where we'll present several topical videos. Details on venue and other events will be on the Triangle Peace Calendar, www.trianglevegsociety.org/peacecalendar.

Directions: The event will take place at the parish hall of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St., in Durham; enter from the door facing Queen St. From I-85, exit Durham downtown and proceed to the 5th traffic light, then turn left on Chapel Hill St. (which becomes Liberty St.). Go through the traffic light at Roxboro St. then take the next right at Queen St. The Church is one block ahead at the corner of Queen and Main Sts. From the Durham Freeway, exit at Roxboro Rd. and turn north toward downtown. Pass under a railroad overpass, then turn right at the next traffic light, Main Street. The Church is one block ahead at the corner of Queen and Main Sts. From Chapel Hill, take 15/501 N toward South Square Mall and stay on 15/501 Business when 15/501 Bypass branches off. You’ll come to a T, and should turn left onto University Drive. Go 1.6 miles to a light and turn left onto S. Roxboro Rd. Go .5 miles and turn right at a light onto Main Street; the church is just ahead at Main and Queen Sts. From Raleigh, take route 40 west to the Durham Expressway north, then follow directions from the freeway.

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