The Coalition for Peace Action will hold its 40th Anniversary Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace on Sunday, November 10, 2019.
Jim Wallis will be the preacher for the morning Multifaith Service.
Dan Ellsberg is confirmed to speak in the afternoon Conference, and attend a Sponsor Reception afterward.
We will also hear from Jenny Town and Dr. Frank von Hippel (scroll down for bios)
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 St, Princeton, NJ). There is a fee to attend (free for students).
After the Conference, there will be a reception with Dan Ellsberg from 5:00 to 6:00 (also at Nassau Presbyterian Church, in the Assembly Room) - you must be registered as a Sponsor to attend the reception.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to register. Early Bird Discounts apply until October 25!
Jim Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He served on President Obama's White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and was former vice chair of and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.
Jim is the author of 12 books. He is president and founder of Sojourners, where he is also editor-in-chief of Sojourners, which has a combined print and online readership of more than 5 million people. Jim frequently speaks in the United States and abroad. His columns appear in major newspapers, including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times,
Jim was raised in a Midwest evangelical family. As a teenager, his questioning of the racial segregation in his church and community led him to the black churches and neighborhoods of inner-city Detroit. He spent his student years involved in the civil rights and antiwar movements. Jim founded Sojourners while a student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. Jim and several other students started a small magazine and community with a Christian commitment to social justice. More than 40 years later, Sojourners has grown into a national faith-based organization. In 1979, Time magazine named Wallis one of the "50 Faces for America's Future."
Jim will be signing copies of his book, coming out in late September, after the Multifaith Worship in the morning. The book is called "Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus." In the book, Jim argues that our cultural and political crisis largely stems from how the American church has become disconnected from the teachings of Jesus Christ. Building on the popular and controversial “Reclaiming Jesus” declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America’s moral crisis—to which 5 million people responded—Wallis points to eight radical questions central to Jesus’ teaching: the Neighbor Question, the Image Question, the Truth Question, the Power Question, the Fear Question, the Caesar Question, the Peacemaker Question, and the Discipleship Question. By asking ourselves these questions, we can measure whether we are thinking and acting “in Jesus’ name.” As he has done throughout his career, Wallis’s prophetic vision and pastoral wisdom both provoke and counsel, guiding us forward during this time of confusion and fear. He reveals how following the teachings of Jesus emboldens and empowers us to “be not afraid”, but to act in courage and hope.
Daniel Ellsberg was born in Chicago in 1931. After graduating from Harvard in 1952 with a B.A. summa cum laude in Economics, he studied for a year at King’s College, Cambridge University, on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Between 1954 and 1957, Ellsberg spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as rifle platoon leader, operations officer, and rifle company commander. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard in 1962 with his thesis, Risk, Ambiguity and Decision.
In 1959, Ellsberg became a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation, and consultant to the Defense Department and the White House, specializing in problems of the command and control of nuclear weapons, nuclear war plans, and crisis decision-making. In 1961 he drafted the guidance from Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the operational plans for general nuclear war. He was a member of two of the three working groups reporting to the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EXCOM) during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
On return to the RAND Corporation in 1967, Ellsberg worked on the top secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969, he photocopied the 7,000 page study and gave it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; in 1971 he gave it to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. His trial, on twelve felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.
Since the end of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing.
Jenny Town is a Research Analyst at the Stimson Center and the Managing Editor and Producer of “38 North,” a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea. She is the former Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where she focused on North Korea, US-DPRK relations, US-ROK alliance, and Northeast Asia regional security. She is an expert reviewer for Freedom House’s Freedom in the World Index, where she previously worked on the Human Rights in North Korea Project. She is an Associate Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at SAIS, a Member of the National Committee on North Korea, and an Associate Member of the Council of Korean Americans. She also serves on the Editorial Board for Inkstick, an online foreign policy journal for emerging scholars.
Prior to working in Korean affairs, she was the Communications Director for Peace X Peace; the Director of the Washington (DC) Office/Special Projects Manager for Government Relations at the College Board; and a Project Manager at Clarity Coverdale Fury Advertising, Inc. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Melton Foundation. She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies and International Relations from Westmar University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Frank von Hippel is a theoretical physicist, and a Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Prior to working at Princeton, he worked for ten years in the field of theoretical elementary-particle physics.
In the 1980s, as chairman of the Federation of American Scientists, Von Hippel partnered with Evgenyi Velikhov in advising Mikhail Gorbachev on the technical basis for steps to end the nuclear arms race.
From 1993 to 1995, he was the Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
He now serves on the National Advisory Board of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, the research arm of Council for a Livable World. He is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials.
Co-sponsors To Date:
Brandywine Peace Community
Christ Congregation, Princeton
Fellowship in Prayer
First Baptist Church, Princeton
Islamic Society of Central Jersey
Nakashima Foundation for Peace
Nassau Presbyterian Church
New Brunswick Friends
Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought
The Peace Center, Langhorne
Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville
Princeton Clergy Association
Princeton Friends Meeting
Princeton University Chapel
Protestant Community Church - In Memory of C. Raymond Nelson
Sacred Heart Peace Community, Camden
St. Paul Lutheran Church, East Windsor
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
United Mercer Interfaith Organization
Woodstown Monthly Meeting of Friends
Yardley Friends Meeting
We request the following from co-sponsors:
- Allow your organization’s name to be listed as a co-sponsor in event publicity.
- Publicize the event through your organization’s communication vehicles—newsletters, bulletins, web sites, mailings, emails, and verbal announcements.
- Send one or more representatives, if at all possible, who can report back to your organization following the event.
- 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 see our co-sponsor letter of invitation, click here.
To become a co-sponsor for the event, fill out this form and mail it to:
Coalition for Peace Action
40 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08505
Early Bird Sponsor (Members)
Includes listing in program, preferred seating, and post-Conference reception with Dan Ellsberg
Early Bird Sponsor (Non-Member)
Includes listing in program, preferred seating, and post-Conference reception with Dan Ellsberg
|Early Bird Regular Registration (Member)||$25.00|
|Early Bird Regular Registration (Non-Member)||$40.00|
|Limited Income Registration||$20.00|
Free for Students
(Pre-registration is recommended to reserve your seats)