Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Kateri Tekakwitha Peace Conference

Harnessing the Winds of Change - The 11 Annual Kateri Tekakwitha Peace Conference -- will be August 14 and 15 at the Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in Fonda.

While we remain hopeful that positive change will come and that President Obama and the new Congress will move America forward, we recognize that many of the problems are deep-seated and will require careful discernment, patience and systematic change.

Can we, the American people harness the winds of change and work constructively for our children's future? Will we begin to live up to the promise of America by honoring the U.S. Constitution? Can we achieve the long cherished goal of equality with freedom and justice for all? Will we insure freedom of speech, the right of assembly, habeas corpus and insist upon the unequivocal renunciation of torture?

We know what to do . We know how to do it. It is time to move past the fear and ignorance of the past eight years and work together work for the good of each other, our nation and our brothers and sisters, world wide. It is up to us.

This year’s conference will look at racism, the Middle East and social campaigns for non-violent transformation. Our keynote speakers include, Bruce R. Hare, Emeritus Professor from Syracuse University. He will be joined by Lawrence Davidson and Janet Amighi, members of Academics For Peace, who have traveled extensively in the Middle East and Joanne Sheehan of the War Resisters League.

For directions and more information, go here.