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The Coalition for Peace Action will hold its 39th Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace on Sunday, November 11, 2018. 

Confirmed Speakers as of 6/6/18 - Wendy Sherman, Ray Acheson, and William Hartung.

The Multifaith Service will take place at 11:00 AM at the Princeton University Chapel (on campus, next to Firestone Library on Washington Road). The service is free (there will be a free will offering to benefit CFPA) and does not require pre-registration.

The Conference for Peace will take place from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM at Nassau Presbyterian Church (61 Nassau Street). Registration information will be available closer to the event.   

Wendy R. Sherman is Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group. Ambassador Sherman is also Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Ambassador Sherman rejoined ASG after her distinguished service as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In this global role, she oversaw the bureaus for Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and International Organizations. She also led the U.S. negotiating team and was a central player in reaching a successful conclusion of the Iran nuclear agreement. In recognition of her diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.

Prior to her most recent service at the State Department, Ambassador Sherman was Vice Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, having helped to found and grow the firm for a decade.

Ambassador Sherman previously served as Counselor for the State Department (1997-2001), as well as Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea. In that role, she worked as a close advisor to then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on every major foreign policy and national security issue, and also managed numerous special assignments including negotiations on nuclear non-proliferation.

From 1993–1996, Ambassador Sherman served as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs under Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

Earlier in her career, she managed Senator Barbara Mikulski's first successful campaign for the U.S. Senate and served as Director of EMILY’s List.

Ambassador Sherman served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America and was also on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion, concerning matters of defense policy. In 2008, she was appointed by Congressional Leadership to serve on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism. She is a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Aspen Strategy Group. Ambassador Sherman is a frequent commentator and analyst for both international and domestic media.

She attended Smith College and received a B.A. cum laude from Boston University and a master’s degree in Social Work, Phi Kappa Phi, from the University of Maryland.

Click here to read Ambassador Sherman's op-ed in the New York Times, 3/25/18


Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Ray leads Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom's (WILPF) work on stigmatising war and violence, including by campaigning for a nuclear weapon ban treaty and challenging the arms trade and the use of explosive weapons and armed drones. Ray is also on the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Study Group and represents WILPF on several coalition steering groups, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). She has an Honours BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto and an MA in Politics from The New School for Social Research. Ray previously worked for the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies.

Acheson, as a steering group member for the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons, was part of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning effort last summer to get the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons passed at the United Nations.

Click here to read Acheson's article in The Nation, "A New Generation Against the Bomb," 4/27/18

William D. Hartung is an internationally recognized expert on the issues of Pentagon spending and the global arms trade. He is the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex (Nation Books, 2012) and the co-editor, with Miriam Pemberton, of Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Press, 2008). His previous books include And Weapons for All (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations. He currently runs the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. From July 2007 through March 2011, Hartung was the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. Prior to that, he served for 16 years as the director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute. He also worked as a speechwriter and policy analyst for New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams. Hartung’s articles on security issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and World Policy Journal. He has been a featured expert on national security issues on 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, the Lehrer Newshour, CNN, Fox News, and scores of local, regional, and international radio outlets. He blogs for The Huffington Post.

Click here to read article by William Hartung in The Nation 4/2/18


League of Women Voters of Monroe Township

Princeton University Chapel

Princeton Clergy Association

Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton

We request the following from co-sponsors:

  1. Allow your organization’s name to be listed as a co-sponsor in event publicity.
  2. Publicize the event through your organization’s communication vehicles—newsletters, bulletins, web sites, mailings, emails, and verbal announcements.
  3. Send one or more representatives, if at all possible, who can report back to your organization following the event.
  4. Make a suggested contribution of $100 (less or more gratefully accepted). If you can fulfill the co-sponsor requests above, but can’t contribute financially, you are still very welcome to co-sponsor. Make checks payable to PAEF (Peace Action Education Fund). 

To become a co-sponsor for the event, email the Rev. Bob Moore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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