The Coalition for Peace Action held its 39th Annual Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The morning Multifaith Service for Peace was attended by about 800, and the afternoon Conference for Peace was attended by approximately 250.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson preached at the Multifaith Service at Princeton University Chapel, and faith leaders from a wide range of traditions co-led the Service. Rev. Jackson also spoke at the afternoon Conference for Peace at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and was featured at a Sponsor Reception afterwards.
Other speakers included Amb. Wendy Sherman, who led the negotiating team that succeeded in concluding the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Dr. Leon Sigal, a Korea expert; Bill Hartung, an expert on nuclear and military spending; and Ms. Ray Acheson, a Steering Committee member of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Many thanks to the speakers, the 47 organizational co-sponsors, the attendees, and the many volunteers who helped make this such a successful event.
Click here for the transcript of Rev. Jackson's morning sermon.
Click here to see video of Rev. Jackson's talk in the afternoon.
Click here to see video of Ambassador Wendy Sherman's talk in the afternoon.
Click here to see video of Dr. Sigal, Bill Hartung, and Ray Acheson.
See photos below (thanks to volunteer photographer John Lien), and click here to view more photos on Facebook.
The Multifaith Service for Peace at the Princeton University Chapel
Wendy Sherman addresses the crowd at the Conference for Peace
CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Robert Moore, moderates audience Q & A session for Ray Acheson, Dr. Leon Sigal, and Bill Hartung (left to right)
Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Conference for Peace
The Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, wth the Rev. Jesse Jackson
Sponsor Reception with Rev. Jackson (photo thanks to David Crow)
Dolores Phillips (left), Ceasefire NJ's Legislative Director, and the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, pose with NJ Governor Phil Murphy after October 29th press conference announcing next steps on gun violence prevention.
On Sunday, August 5, the Coalition for Peace Action held its annual commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Princeton, NJ.
Over 90 people were in attendance!
The Coalition hosted speaker Dr. Alex Wellerstein, who spoke on Reinventing Civil Defense. We also heard from poet David Steinberg, and from the Solidarity Singers. In addition, we had a guest appearance from members of the Agape March, who are walking from New York to DC to counter-protest white supremacist actions on August 12th. They spoke of their commitment to non-violence and love, and the struggles they have faced.
Click here to watch a video of the event!
In Doylestown, a dozen people braved a hot & humid evening on Monday, August 6, for a vigil.
David Steinberg reads poetry to the crowd. Click here to read the poem he wrote for the event.
The Coalition for Peace Action supported and stood in solidarity with the Princeton Families Belong Together Rally, on June 30, 2018. The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice used our sound system to project their message to the crowd, and a CFPA board member spoke at the event.
This rally was one of 750 co-occurring demonstrations, and was attended by over 800! See pictures below, and here.
The Rev. Carol Haag speaks on behalf ot the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. She is also a member of CFPA's board.
In Philadelphia, CFPA members attended a sister rally that was 4,000 strong!
On June 10, 2018, CFPA held a multi-faith gathering at Nassau Presbyterian Church, preceding the summit between President Trump and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un.
50 attendees gathered for an hour-long multi-faith service for peace inside the church, then stepped outside for a candlelight vigil. Faith leaders from a wide range of congregations participated in this event, including:
- The Rev. Carlton Branscomb, Pastor at First Baptist Church
- The Rev. Dr. Dave Davis, Senior Pastor at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and President of Princeton Clergy Association
- The Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen, Pastor at Westminstor Presbyterian Church
- Avis Hofstad, First Church of Christ, Scientist
- Salim Manzar, Muslim Faith Leader
- Br. Chris McNabb, Trinity Episcopal Church
- The Rev. Robert Moore, United Church of Christ and Executive Director of Coalition for Peace Action
- The Rev. Bill Neely, Pastor at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
- Beverly Owens, Music Director at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
- Eberhard Wunderluch, Bahai's of Princeton
See pictures below, and click here for more.
CFPA's annual membership dinner was held on June 3, and it was a great success! The event was held at the Princeton Theological Seminary and was attended by over 120 supporters. Jessica Lee did a fantastic job as keynote speaker, along with respondent Hyun Lee. Moms Demand Action, Faith Action, Brady Campaign/Million Mom March & Senator Cory Booker were all honorees at the event, and it was a wonderful way for the community to show our support! Thanks to those who attended our annual gathering, we look forward to seeing you all again next year.
CFPA members enjoy a catered dinner before the program.
Hanna Mori, Deputy State Director (center), accepts Senator Cory Booker's award from the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, and Darlene Mcknight, CFPA's former board chair.
Keynote speaker Jessica Lee, interim Executive Director at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) spoke about Korean-American Dipolomacy and was followed by Hyun Lee, a Korean American activist and managing director of Zoom in Korea.
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