About Shalom Conference
About Shalom Conference
About the Shalom Conference
The Shalom Conference is an ecumenical gathering devoted to exploring the church's call to peacemaking.
It is sponsored by participating church denominations and organizations, including the Church of the
Brethren, Episcopal, Mennonite, Presbyterian, the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church,
Every Church a Peace Church, the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness, and other denominations and faith
traditions. The conference is held in the Lancaster area biennially in the early part of the year.
The 2005 SHALOM Conference theme of Tolerance invites people of various ethnic, faith traditions and
lifestyles to take a closer look at how we relate to each other in our daily lives. Dorothy Cotton will
deliver the keynote address on Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future. We hope to challenge our
own acceptance of intolerance toward others to make the future be one of more tolerance of our differences.
All persons are welcome and invited. The Friday evening session is open to the public without registration.
An offering toward conference expenses will be received. For the Saturday conference events, registration is required.
(Please use the registration form below).
Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future
with Dorothy Cotton
DR. DOROTHY COTTON worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the turbulent 1960's as Education
Director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dr. Cotton helped to design the Citizenship
Education Program empowering disenfranchised citizens in the South to promote social change using nonviolent
As Vice President for Field Operations of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social
Change in Atlanta, Georgia, Dorothy Cotton served as senior trainer in nonviolence and empowerment
Between 1982 and 1991, Dr. Cotton was Director of Student Activities at Cornell University.
Under the Carter Administration she served a the Southeastern Regional Director of ACTION, the
Federal Government's agency for volunteer programs.
Dorothy Cotton has traveled extensively conducting and participating in workshops in the former
Soviet Union, The People's Republic of China, Europe, Africa, and Vietnam. She accompanied Dr. King
when he received the Nobel Prize for Peace in Norway.
Today Dr. Cotton resides in Ithaca, New York, and continues to answer the call to be workshop leader
and guest speaker sharing stories of her vast experience.
At the Shalom Conference 2005, Dorothy Cotton will help participants focus on tolerance with her
Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future.
Workshops and Leaders
Two 90-minute workshop sessions are planned, one on Saturday morning (Numbers 1 through 5) and one
in the afternoon (Numbers 6 through 10). Choose one workshop to attend during each time period.
Saturday Morning Workshops
1 Meeting the Wholistic Needs of a Community in Transition
Louis Butcher, Senior Pastor of the Brightside Baptist Church, will share how the Brightside
Opportunities Center has collaborated with institutions and agencies to provide medical, social,
and cultural opportunities for the southwest of Lancaster
2 Anti-Racism, Crucial to the Journey for Justice: An Initial Conversation
Stephanie Schaudel will share her experiences as an emerging anti-racist white activist, and
invite participants to explore ways in which white privilege and white supremacy serve as major
roadblocks to social justice.
3 Lancaster: A Hispanic Perspective
Presenter is Jose Urdaneta is a professional photographer and community activist, including
serving on the boards of Boys and Girls Club and the Urban League. He will share his vision of
Lancaster from the experience of the Hispanic community.
4 Living as a Member of the Homosexual/GLBT Community in Lancaster County
This workshop is presented by the Rev. Debbi Coggin, Senior Pastor, Vision of Hope Metropolitan
Community Church, Mountville, PA. Pastor Coggin will be assisted in the presentation by one or
more youth from the church.
5 A Salam Aleikum-Aleikum Salam: Harvesting Bread and Roses - Tolerance and Intolerance
in the Middle East
Maia Williams from Washington DC will report on her work in Hebron with CPT
(Christian Peacemaker Teams). A member of the CPT Corp in
Palestine who has recently returned from months in the Middle East, Maia is also a dancer, writer, and painter.
Saturday Afternoon Workshops
6 Experiences in Multi-cultural Cooperation
The Shalom partnership is a cooperative ministry of El Redentor UMC, Bethel AME, and St. Paul's UMC
in Lancaster. In this workshop the Rev. Robert Hannum explores some of the rewards and challenges of working together across cultural lines.
7 Anti-Racism, Crucial to the Journey for Justice: An Initial Conversation
Stephanie Schaudel will share her experiences as an emerging anti-racist white activist, and invite participants to explore ways in which white privilege and white supremacy serve as major roadblocks to social justice.
8 The Future of Islam in America
This workshop shares Islamic experience from the point of view of an immigrant, an American convert,
and a woman. Dr. Arif Hasiz will facilitate the panel consisting of Abdul Halim, Rubina Tareen, and
9 Living as a Member of the Homosexual/GLBT Community in Lancaster County
This workshop is presented by the Rev Debbi Coggin, Senior Pastor, Vision of Hope Metropolitan Community Church, Mountville, PA. Pastor Coggin will be assisted in the presentation by one or more youth from the church.
10 A Salam Aleikum-Aleikum Salam: Harvesting Bread and Roses - Tolerance and Intolerance in the Middle East
Maia Williams from Washington DC will report on her work in Hebron with CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams). A member of the CPT Corp in Palestine who has recently returned from months in the Middle East, Maia is also a dancer, writer, and painter.
The Lancaster Church of the Brethren is located at 1601 Sunset Avenue, which is near the Lancaster Shopping Center
and behind the Eat n' Park Restaurant south of US Route 30. Turn onto Butler Avenue from the Oregon Pike
(Route 272) side of the Lancaster Shopping Center. At the first stop sign, turn right onto Sunset Avenue.
The church is located in the next block, on the left. Ample parking is available.
Friday, February 11|
(open session -- registration not required)
by Dorothy Cotton
Saturday, February 12|
Browse Resource Tables
Address by Dr. Cotton|
Break / Resources|
10:30 AM ||
Workshop Session 1|
10:30 AM ||
Workshop Session 2|
Registratlon for the for Shalom Conference - February 11-12, 2005
Please note: Registration for Saturday is $30.00 and includes continental breakfast and luncheon.
Student registration fee is $10.00. Reduced registration fee available upon request.
Checks may be made payable to HIGHLAND PRESBYTERIAN, Memo: SHALOM CONFERENCE.
Name _______________________________ Email ___________
City/State/Zip Code ___________________________________
Mail registration form and check to:
c/o Susan Kepner
56 Knollwood Rd.
Millersville, PA 17551
For planning purposes, preregistration is encouraged, but you can also register at the door.
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- World Peace Tax
- Lancaster Shalom Partnerships
- Christian Peacemaker Teams
- Parish Resource Center
- Women in Black
- Green Party/Environmental Concerns
- Lancaster Mediation Center
- Every Church a Peace Church
- Retreat Resources: Oasis Ministries, Kairos, The Jesuit Center, Precious Blood Spiritual Center
- Hearts and Minds Bookstore
- Witness for Peace
- Voices in the Wilderness
- Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness
For more information, contact John Stoner: email@example.com.