Reviving Peace

Invitation to a day of Reviving Peace

Last year Plymouth was excited to host a new kind of event: a conference of workshops, worship, and networking with people from across SE Wisconsin of different faiths or no faith affiliations, but all who love justice. It was a revival -- a Day of Inspiration, Education, and Action for Change. Over 150 people attended, with ages ranging from teens to 80's, every part of our church building was activated with powerful discussions and new relationships were built to further good works -- Reviving Justice of 2015 succeed in all goals and we were so grateful.

 Beyond proud and joyful, we were also surprised at how many of the attendees asked if we would be "doing this again next year?" And so, we announce and invite you to: Reviving Peace

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Reviving Peace: Inspiration, Education & Action for Change

September 24-25, 2016

Mission Statement

We aim to inspire people from many spiritual traditions, and those who do not identify with any faith tradition to:

  • Create space for honest interfaith discussions of what divides us.
  • Broaden our understanding of diverse religions and spiritual practices
  • Move forward together in mutually respectful ways about waging Peace

A weekend of workshops lead by diverse community partners, the conference will provide people with an opportunity for deeper learning while also helping them make new connections for peace work. People will leave with tangible ideas of how to advocate for peace in their personal lives, local setting and on the global stage.

Click on the link below for more information about Reviving Peace and to register. As Plymouth is hosting, it would be very helpful to have congregation members take the lead and sign up soon to Attend and/or Sponsor.


Saturday, Sept. 24

1:00 - 5:00pm  Symposia - "Christianity in a Religiously Diverse World: Beyond Conversion and Consensus Models." The symposia, taught by Eden Seminary faculty, will be geared for Christian clergy.

6:00 - 8:30pm  Dinner for Sponsors, Presenters, and Planning Committee

Sunday, Sept. 25

9:00 - 9:30 am      Registration

9:30 - 10:30 am    Worship - "Safe Space, Brave Space, or Sacred Space"

10:30 - 10:45 am   Break

10:45 - 12:00 pm   Morning Workshops

12:00 - 1:00 pm     Amazing Faith Lunch Conversations

1:00 - 2:15 pm       Afternoon Workshops

2:15 - 2:30 pm       Break

2:30 - 3:30 pm       Plenary - Dr. Niles on "Pilgrims Instead of Missionaries" 3:30 - 3:45 pm       Closing Worship

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Limper Funded Presenters

The Armin and Shirley Limper Program in Christianity & World Religions of Eden Seminary is a primary partner in this program, providing three key theologians and grant support.

  • Dr. Dale Bishop has served as Executive Minister of the United Church of Christ's Wider Church Ministries, Director of Resources and Relationships for Interfaith Understanding at Hartford Seminary, and, from 1980 to 1999, as Area Executive for the Middle East for the UCC Church Board for World Ministries. Most recently he served as the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Rhinelander, WI. Dr.Bishop holds a doctorate degree from Columbia University in New York City, where he also taught Middle East languages and cultures as well as Iranian Studies. Dr. Bishop's interest in interfaith relations has a particular focus on Christian-Muslim relations.
  • Dr. Damayanthi Niles is Professor of Constructive Theology at Eden Theological Seminary. Her areas of focus include constructive theology, interfaith studies, comparative theology, theology and power, contextual theology with a particular interest in Asia, theological language in a landscape of conflict and violence, and the use of aesthetics in teaching theology. Her book "Worshipping at the Feet of our Ancestors" was published in 2012, and she is working on a forthcoming book, "Constructing a Christian Theology in a Pluralistic World." An ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament, Presbyterian Church (USA), she received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1998.

Amazing Faith Conversations

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee will train volunteers to lead table conversations about our varying faith perspectives.

Over a shared meal, people talk together using dialogue cards which contain thought-provoking questions about the broad themes present in nearly all faith traditions and world views.

Using appreciative inquiry, guests respond in turn and simply listen to each response without interrupting, questioning, or commenting. The moderator helps this process go smoothly.

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Choose Your Track/Theme

The tracks serve to connect morning and afternoon workshops along common themes; participants can chose to remain in a track or pick and chose as they wish (with the exception of the Israel-Palestine track).


Tracks /


Morning Workshops

10:45am - 12:00pm

Afternoon Workshops

1:15 - 2:30pm

Teen Track

intended for grades 7-12


'Religious Liberty' in a Land

of Diversity

  • Emilio de Torro, ACLU


Black Lives Matter

  • Dakota Hall, MICAH
  • Marty Hagedorn

Israel - Palestine

Abraham & his descendants


(Track still in process)


Reuniting all of Abraham's family

  • Problems, Promises, and
    Possibilities-- stones in the road...
  • Rev. Dr. Dale Bishop, UCC in WI, former head of Global Ministries


Toward a Shared Society-- imagining what might be different:

  • Insights learned from dialogue about Israel/Palestine

Interfaith Dialogue


Beauty Beyond Belief: Artists and the Interfaith Aesthetic

  • Jody Hirsh, Jewish Federation
  • Tia Richardson, local artist


Praying for Peace: What happens when we pray?

  • Dr. Omar Irfan, Marquette, Islamic Society
  • Rahul Dubey, Sikh Temple

Engaging Politics


Many Faiths, One Earth: an Interfaith Commitment to Environmental Justice

  • Dr. Jenny Kehl, UW Water Policy School
  • Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, Shir Hadash
  • Laj Waghray


'Religious Liberty' in a Land of Diversity and Racial Equity

  • Emilio de Torro, ACLU
  • Rev. Marilyn Miller, Pres. MICAH

Seeing the
(Track still in process)








Telling the Passion without Blaming the Jews

  • Andrew Warner, Plymouth UCC
  • Rabbi David Brusin


Peace in Milwaukee


Overcoming Hate Crimes: 

The Sikh Temple & 

Milwaukee Experiences

  • Rahul Dubey, Sikh Temple
  • Megan McGrorty, Fair WI

Racial Equity

  • Rev. Marilyn Miller, Pres. MICAH


Cultivating Personal 


(Track still in process)

Learning Non-violent Communication

Guided Meditation


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