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PEACEMAKERS’ CONFERENCE
October 7-14, 2007


JOINTLY SPONSORED BY
PEACEBUILDING INSTITUTE OF EAST TENNESSEE (PIET)
Knoxville, Tennessee Area
and

PREACHING PEACE.ORG
FACILITATORS, MICHAEL AND LORRI HARDIN OF PREACHING PEACE

Conference Schedule

  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 2:00-3:00 PM— Lecture/Discussion on Bonhoeffer, Central United Methodist Church, US 70 and US 321, Lenoir City

  • Sunday, Oct 7, 7:30-9:30 PM--Intro to the Bible for Peacemakers Session 1, Concord Mennonite Church

  • Monday, Oct.8, 7:30-9:30 PM--Intro to the Bible for Peacemakers Session 2, Concord Mennonite Church

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9:30-11:30 AM-- “As Much as You Do to the Least of These,” St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 North Broadway, Knoxville

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, Noon--Clergy Luncheon –“How Jesus Read His Bible,” Mandarin House, Gleason and Downtown West, Knoxville

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10,11:30 AM—Luncheon with PIET and other peace groups, “Organizing for Effective Peace Advocacy”, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5401 Tiffany Road, Knoxville

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7:30 PM--Round Table: “These are the Peace Teachings of My Faith” led by a panel of representatives of various faiths, at Concord Mennonite Church, Lovell Road at I-40.

  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 11:30 AM—Brown Bag Luncheon Session: Creation Spirituality, at Church of the Good Shepherd, 5337 Jacksboro Pike, Fountain City.

  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 PM-- Lecture on Mimetic Theory & Peacemaking, Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville.

  • Friday, Oct. 12, 7:00-9:00 PM-- Discovering the Beloved God Part 1, Church of the Savior (COS), 934 N. Weisgarber Road, Knoxville.

  • Saturday Oct. 13, 10a-12, 1:00-3:00--Discovering the Beloved God, Parts 2-3, (COS)

  • Saturday Oct. 13, 3:30-5:30, and 7:00-9:00 PM--Discovering the Beloved God, Parts 4-5, (COS)

  • Sunday, Oct 14, Luncheon Lecture/Discussion on Peacemaking, 1:00-2:30 PM, Adult and Youth, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Lenoir City

  • Sunday, Oct. 14, 7:30-9:00 PM--Lecture/Discussion on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Lenoir City

PEACEMAKERS’ CONFERENCE
October 7-14, 2007

Event Descriptions

  • “As Much as You Do to the Least of These,” Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9:30-11:30 AM, St. James Episcopal, 1101 N. Broadway, Knoxville.  An exploration of gospel texts around Jesus’ understanding of the new community combining concepts of personal peace and community peace and an introduction to the Churches Supporting Churches project in New Orleans, LA.

  • Creation Spirituality: Living Into and From the Earth, Brown bag luncheon, Thursday, Oct. 11, 11:30 AM at Church of the Good Shepherd, 5337 Jacksboro Pike, Fountain City.
    This talk highlights the convergence of Wisdom Spirituality as found in both the Hebrew Bible & the New Testament with a Native American (Apache) understanding of Creation. The emphasis is on compassionate care-giving and willing receptivity in both our spiritual interactions with each other as well as the entirety of the created realm.

  • Discovering the Beloved God Workshop--This is a highly interactive workshop suitable for both adults and/or youth groups, all sessions at Church of the Savior, 934 N. Weisgarber Road or Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley Street, Knoxville.

    • I. The Beloved God of Jesus, Friday, October 12, 7:00-9:00 PM,
      What do we know about Jesus’ experience and relationship with God? How can we follow Jesus so that we may also know the God he knew?

    • II. Discovering the Beloved God in the Bible, Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:00-12:00 AM
      How did Jesus read his Bible? This session looks at texts from Luke to show how we may follow Jesus in our reading of the Hebrew Bible.

    • III. Discovering the Beloved God in Nature, Saturday, Oct. 13, 1:00-3:00 PM
      What do the Gospels indicate about Jesus experience of the natural world, the creation? How did Jesus learn from and use the creation in his teaching and ministry?

    • IV. Discovering the Beloved God in Spirit, Saturday, Oct. 13, 3:30-5:30 PM
      As we begin to see the creation as an expression of the Love of the Creator, we share Jesus’ relationship with the Creation, for all life was made through him and we share in the new humanity he brings by his Spirit.

    • V. Discovering the Beloved God in Ourselves, Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:00-9:00 PM
      We find the Beloved God expressed in our relationships, especially in our common journey of discipleship. We are empowered to share our giftedness with one another and develop a Christ-like spirituality.


  • How Jesus Read His Bible, Tuesday, Oct. 9, noon, Mandarin House, Gleason & Downtown West, Knoxville.  Discipleship involves the entire Christian experience including how we read Scripture.  This session shows the specific interpretive paradigm Jesus used when reading the Hebrew Bible and how biblical interpretation and spirituality go hand in hand. Bring your Bible!

  • Introduction to the Bible for Peacemakers, Sunday and Monday, 7:30-9:30 PM at Concord Mennonite Church, I-40 West and Lovell Road:  This two session foundational module of The School of Peace Theology (www.preachingpeace.org) explores a way of reading the Bible that takes it’s cue from how Jesus and the New Testament writers read their Bibles. It is to read the Bible from the perspective of the forgiving victim and discover the revelation of the humanness of the forgiving (non-violent) God.

  • The Life & Thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for American Christianity Today, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2:00-3:00 PM— Lecture/Discussion on Bonhoeffer, Central United Methodist Church, US 70 and US 321, Lenoir City; and Sunday, Oct. 14, 7:30 PM, at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic, Lenoir City.  Few theologians have captured the imagination of Christians’ world wide as much as Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  This forum will explore why Bonhoeffer's writings are relevant to the crisis facing American Christianity in the 21st century.  A brief clip of the new documentary 'Bonhoeffer' may be shown followed by remarks and dialogue on aspects of Bonhoeffer's thought that can help shape our corporate thinking as we follow Jesus.

  • Mimetic Theory & Peacemaking – Thursday, Oct 11, 7:30m PM, Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville.   Explore one of the most powerful and illuminating tools for understanding the Bible in our post-9/11 world.  (This session will act as a foundation for the interpretation of Bible texts throughout the following weekend.)

  • “Organizing for Effective Peace Advocacy,” Wednesday, Oct. 10, 11:30 AM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5401 Tiffany Road, Knoxville.   This is a session for representatives of the various Peace groups in the area.

  • “These Are the Peace Teachings of My Faith”—Wednesday, 7:30 PM at Concord Mennonite Church, I-40 and Lovell Road (Organized by PIET).   Panel presentation followed by discussion.  Panel members include Simin Oskui (Bahai’), John Gill (United Church of Christ), Hanan Ayesh (Muslim), Jim Foster (Mennonite), Siddeshwer Nath (Hindu) and Howard Box (Unitarian Universalist.


Report of Event:

The PIET Fall Peacemaker’s Workshop, in October, was a resounding success.  It was facilitated by Michael and Lorri Hardin of Preaching Peace (www.preachingpeace.org), who addressed a variety of topics related to peacemaking from a biblical perspective.  Their careful exegesis of the biblical text demonstrated that the God of both Jews and Christians is a God of peace and love, not a God of violence and vengeance.  (The workshop scheduled for March 15, 2008, will follow up on this understanding as it relates to the death of Jesus Christ.)

An additional session, facilitated by PIET, brought together Mennonite, Unitarian-Universalist, United Church of Christ, Hindu, Baha’i', and Muslim presenters to discuss the peace teachings of their respective faiths.

Participating churches included St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic and Central United Methodist in Lenoir City; and in Knoxville Concord Mennonite, Peace Lutheran (ELCA), St. James Episcopal, St. Thomas Episcopal, Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), and Church of the Savior (United Church of Christ).


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