Let us not tire of preaching love: it is the force that will overcome the world. Let us not tire of preaching love.
Though we see that waves of violence succeed in drowning the fire of Christian love, love must win out; it is the only thing that can.

—Archbishop Oscar Romero, July 23, 1978

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We hope you got to attend our
Ecumenical Peace Institute Fall Gathering 2020
“The Forgotten Countries — los Etcéteras”
Sunday, November 15, 2020, 4:00 pm
It was Livestreamed on Facebook, and can be viewed or revisited HERE.
Download PDF of chat HERE.

We heard speakers from four countries at this online gathering, representing crises in regions often forgotten and/or left behind, while we are distracted by fires closer to home. Often thought of as et cetera countries which suffer from U.S. driven crises, they are literally 20 or 30 down the triage list.

The Reverend Naim Stifan Ateek is a retired Episcopal priest and Canon of St. George’s Anglican/Episcopal Cathedral, Jerusalem.  He was the pastor of several churches in Galilee and Jerusalem.  He was a co-founder and director of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. Naim was the first to articulate a Palestinian theology of liberation in his 1989 book, Justice and only Justice, a Palestinian theology of Liberation. He authored and co-edited a number of other books in both English and Arabic.

Pierre Labossiere is Co-Founder of the Haiti Action Committee (HAC) and the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (HERF) established in the Bay Area in 1991 and 2004 respectively. Working with Haiti's grassroots movement that is engaged in the struggle for justice and democracy, HAC and HERF provide information regarding conditions on the ground, assist refugees and support community-based initiatives and institutions working for the liberation and the rebuilding of Haiti.i.

Gloria La Riva was born and raised in Albuquerque NM. She became an activist while attending Brandeis University. Gloria is 1st Vice President of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, CWA Local 39521. She is a longtime anti-war and community activist, and was the 2020 presidential candidate for Peace and Freedom Party in California, and in 14 other states for the Party for Socialism and Liberation. In 1998 Gloria produced the award-winning video, “Genocide by Sanctions: The case of Iraq.” She has been a longtime supporter of Cuba's revolution and the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela.

Lorenzo Cańizares, a Cuban-born revolutionary activist, dedicated 40 years of his life to the labor movement as a member, shop steward and staff representative/organizer. He co-founded and co-directed the Cuban-Americans for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential election, was a labor-community organizer for the Pennsylvania State Education Association. and is presently co-coordinator of the Labor-Community Alliance of South Florida.

  The summer, 2020 “Planted” may be downloaded by clicking: HERE.

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Seventy-five years after the first nuclear weapons were used, the weapons are #stillhere.

Videos of the August 6 and 9 programs will be posted as they become available.

Good Friday Worship and Witness
“For the Healing Of the Nations”
and the peaceful conversion of
Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory

April 10, 2020

  PDF Order of Worship Download

Autumn Gathering

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Betsy Rose and our powerhouse double-header, Alicia Jrapko and Paul Larudee.

Photos and videos by Mark Coplan:

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EIP's Living Graveyard will be virtual for the foreseeable future.
You are urged to be risk-adverse. It could save your life!

I urge you to call on congress to end all sanctions

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has introduced legislation which  includes congressional  oversight of  US sanctions

US Congressional switchboard: 1-866-338-1015 


To read about effects of sanctions, see

We urge you to call your congressperson and ask them to support Omar’s legislation.

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A Prayer for Disarmament

 Greta Thunberg A Common Word Between Us and You  Links

The coronavirus changes everything. Look to this website for the latest.

Click on the image above to watch Greta Thunberg’s speech
on climate change before the United Nations.
Or you may listen to the mp3: Speech mp3.

A must-read: Time to break the silence on Palestine, by Michelle Alexander. There has been
a sea-change at the New York Times, and Ms. Alexander is a significant bellwether.
To learn more, read here: Israel just “lost Cronkite” the struggle for Palestinian rights at
the New York Times.

A country is not permitted to use military force for purposes of retaliation, vengeance, and punishment.”
(From the United Nations Charter Regarding the Use of Military Force.)

A Common Word was launched on October13th, 2007 as an open letter signed by 138 leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals   to the leaders of the Christian Churches and denominations all over the world. Over the last year since its launch the A Common Word Initiative has become the world’s leading interfaith dialogue initiative between Christians and Muslims specifically, and has achieved historically unprecedented global acceptance and tractionť as an interfaith theological document.

On Interfaith Dialogue between Muslims and Christians: The Common Word

Links to connect with other prophetic voices: 350.org  Christian Peacemaker Teams
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant  ^  Friends of Sabeel  ^  Haiti Action Committee  ^  Haiti Relief  ^  Jewish Voice for Peace
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center  ^  Tikkun  ^  Tri-Valley CAREs

Prophetic Voices Past:  Abe Zwickel  ^  Jean Zwickel  ^  Father Bill  ^  Joan McIntyre   ^  Pastor Lee Williason
Esther Ho  ^  Diane Thomas

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