Sunday, October 17, 2010

Next Saturday, October 23 at 1: War and Conscience Weekend

I will give the keynote address on Vietnam and Iraq at a War and Conscience weekend Saturday, October 23, at 1 o’clock at the Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, CO: 14350 W. 32nd Ave, phone: 303-279-5282. The rest of a broad and interesting schedule over Friday, Saturday and Sunday is below. The program includes Rob Prince and Haider Khan, two of my colleagues at the Korbel School (George Shepherd is also one of the organizers), reverend Bob Kinsey - the Green Party candidate for Senator, who of course is unusually eloquent, straightforward, and decent compared to the mainstream candidates - and Robert Latham, Vietnam and Iraq veterans, and a powerful play by Daniel Berrigan (for a poem which starts with the Berrigan brothers and the Catonsville incident, see here). One of the silliest reviews in the Sunday New York Times ever – and this is a hard competition among its reviews of political books - was by a neocon writing about Father Berrigan who had later gone to jail for beating on the wings of a jet plane. He hurt the plane, so the reviewer’s words implied, that crazy old man, beating on its wings with his hands until the sleepy guards at last arrived and took him away. I suppose the Times and its reviewers must often have a similar concern for drone missiles at Creech Air Force base but perhaps these are well enough protected to prevent the 14 recently arrested and others from getting near them, or impeding their daily, half a world away, spreading of death and a corresponding justified fury at America in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Only some crazy one would need to beat the machine wings of terror with his hands, in horror at murder of human beings by an allegedly civilized government and military, again and again, all over the creation; only a crazy person would seek to turn drones “into plowshares.”

Please circulate the following announcement and schedule to anyone who might be interested in coming, participating, and building a wider movement against these wars and militarism:

Social Responsibility Council’s Peace, Liberty and Justice Task Force invite you to participate in these events:

War and Conscience Weekend, October 22-24, 2010

Food, beverage and child care (with advance reservations) provided. Contributions welcomed.

Friday, October 22, 2010 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Iraq and Vietnam Veterans Speak Out

Thirty-five years after the end of the Vietnam conflict and the U.S. is once again enmeshed in not one but two unpopular wars, this time in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are the wars necessary? Can we “win” the wars? Should the draft be re-instated? Four thoughtful veterans will address these and other probing questions in this panel discussion. An audience “talk back” will follow the panel.

Moderator: John Hambright
Speakers: Dan Conerd, Progressive Veterans; William J May, Denver Chapter of Veterans for Peace; George Newell, Boulder Chapter of Veterans for Peace; Garett Reppenhagen, Iraq Veterans against the War.

Saturday, October 23, 2010 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Teach-In on Conscience and War in the Middle East

The Teach-In will inform the public about the issues and special interests that have brought the US into what Prof. Andrew Bacivich of Boston University has called the “Long War” without victory or end. The panelists will address the question: Have the Wars in the Middle East made Americans any safer?

Joint Chairs: George Shepherd, Prof. Emeritus of International Politics Korbel School of International Studies University of Denver and Gary Anderson, member First Universalist Church, Denver

1:15pm Keynote Speaker: Prof. Alan Gilbert, Korbel School of International Studies University of Denver

2:15pm Concurrent Panels:
Panel 1: Palestine and Israel Settlement: Can it happen? Chair Gary Anderson
Speakers: Prof. Rob Prince, Korbel School of International Studies University of Denver and former Ambassador of the Sudan Babiker Khalifa (invited).

Panel 2: What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?
Speakers Prof. Haider Khan, Korbel School of International Studies University of Denver and Rev. Bob Kinsey, United Church of Christ Minister (retired)

Panels 1 and 2 will repeat with the same speakers and topics from 3:30pm-5:15pm

Supper provided from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Saturday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.
Activist Chamber Theatre’s (ACT)
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine: A Play by Daniel Berrigan
(Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.)

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine is a staged reading of Daniel Berrigan’s powerful and iconic Vietnam era play about an actual event—the burning of Selective Service files in 1968—an event credited with galvanizing support of “ordinary folk” against the Vietnam War. Rev. Nathan Woodliff-Stanley and John Hambright appear as Daniel Berrigan and Philip Berrigan respectively. Other cast members are: Don Bishop, Kathy Covert, James Durgin, JJ Hambright, Betty Nichol, Marion Rex and Steve Sealy.

Light snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served after the play.

Sunday, October 24, 11:00am to 12:00pm. JUC’s Explorations! War, Conscience and Morality

Speaker: Rev. Robert Latham, former JUC Senior Minister, grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition. As a result of a challenging educational experience in seminary his religious view of reality was transformed. And, as a result of an equally shattering experience in Vietnam, his cultural perspectives were also transformed. On the wake of these transformations he discovered Unitarian Universalism and officially entered UU professional ministry in 1969.

In this provocative presentation: Lessons from Vietnam (Why Nothing Has Changed) Rev. Latham will share his lessons learned and invite your dialogue.

Activist Chamber Theatre’s (ACT)
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine: A Play by Daniel Berrigan

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