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March 19, 2013

Peace Center delves deeper into Middle East

AMESBURY— The Amesbury Friends Peace Center continues its exploration into the complex situation in the Middle East with a program on Sunday, March 24, at 4 p.m. in the Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse, 120 Friend St., Amesbury.

Religious leaders Rev. Joan MacPherson and Minga Claggett-Borne will lead the program offering their their stories and reflections. Slides and a discussion will follow. Admission is free and all are welcome.

MacPherson and Claggett-Borne were part of a Christian Peacemaker Team delegation to Hebron in November 2012. CPT is a faith-based organization that supports non-violent, grassroots résistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the structures that uphold it. By working with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating people in communities at home, CPT seeks justice and peace. The speakers will also explore how citizens might bring new light to this troubled land and what role the U.S.should play.

MacPherson is the pastor of Main Street Congregational United Church of Christ in Amesbury and Claggett-Borne is a writer, practices the Quaker way and seeks to build justice and peace. The two met in Jerusalem where they shared breakfasts of hummus and cucumbers, daily prayers and hikes in the Israeli firing range of the Hebron Hills.

The Amesbury Friends Peace Center, an outreach project of the Amesbury Quaker Meeting, sponsors events such as speakers, films and exhibits, and workshops. The center has materials from peace organizations, booklists for suggested reading and brochures on topics such as truth in recruitment, political action, peaceful child rearing, personal peace and more. In addition, the center is a place to learn more about peace efforts in the larger community. Visit www.amesburyfriendspeacecenter.org for more.

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