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Archives 2010-2011

March 19, 2011

Sorry we inadvertently lost the 2010 Good Friday photo slideshow. Here it is: Good Friday Photos.

October 25, 2010:

Conversations About Peacemaking in the 21st Century, October 24th. Conversation With Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D: Perpetual War, Torture and the Truth Commission, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 650 Alma in Oakland, CA. (MAP). FLIER.

    Dr. Brock is the Founding Co-Director of Faith Voices for the Common Good, an organization dedicated to educating the public about the values and concerns of religious leaders and organizations.  She also works with The New Press in New York as Senior Editor in Religion.  During 2001-2002, she was a Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life.           

    From 1997-2001, Dr. Brock directed the Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, formerly called the Bunting Institute, and the seven years before she became an administrator, she held an endowed professorship at Hamline University.  Dr. Brock’s latest book is:  Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love for This World for Crucifixion and Empire.           

    She is a member of the U.S. group of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, the leading global organization of liberation theologians.  Her work continues to interweave religious questions with issue of justice in the U.S. and international contexts.  As an active member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Brock, has served on its General Board and Administrative Committees and from 1996-1998, was the first Chair of the Common Global Ministries Board, a joint venture of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ.

    In 1993, Dr. Brock represented the National Council of Churches on an ecumenical, international, high-level delegation to Guatemala and El Salvador to support the peace-making processes in both countries.  In March of 2010 she participated as one of five Bay Area commissioners in the “Truth Commission on Conscience in War.”  They had a powerful public hearing at Riverside Church on March 21, with 14 testimonies from veterans, a Gold Star Mother, religious leaders, experts on moral injury, and war correspondent Chris Hedges.

    EPI’s history of support for conscientious objectors will naturally lead us into the national campaign to protect the freedom of moral conscience for those in military service.  This evening’s gathering will give us essential signposts. 

    We invite you to help fund these events in addition to your potluck food offering so we can continue to lift up voices for peace in the East Bay!

October 21, 2010

It’s needing fine-tuning and more photos, but you’re welcome to preview the Slideshow from Good Friday: Photo Gallery.

For those who missed the Good Friday service with Pierre Labossiere and Barbara Rhine, and with music by the wonderful Betsy Rose, you may still view the flier and read the Order of Worship.

August 30, 2010: Archiving Good Friday, 2009 Service:


Archived from the home page, August 30, 2010:

Carolyn & Esther Receive Awards!  Our very own Carolyn Scarr, along with EPI stalwart, Esther Ho were honored at American Muslim Voices’ 2010 Peace Convention Saturday, March 20th. Here’s the FLIER; & here is AMV’s WEBSITE.

Watch this slide show of photos from the January 20th Inauguration Day Living Graveyard:  SLIDESHOW.