This year, our International Peacemaker Sushma Ramswami comes from the Church of North India and works in communications with an ecumenical network. Her expertise lies in poverty, human trafficking, healing and reconciliation of women and children, and the challenges to peace in these areas. She has worked closely with the so-called “untouchables” or “Dalits”, marginalized people. Sushma’s visit is being hosted by a partnership led by the Peace and Justice Commission of St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills, Newport Beach (Rev. Dr. Mark Davis, Pastor). Our team and Sushma have planned an exciting visit and are pleased to share the itinerary with you. Mark your calendars, promote it in your church, invite your friends, neighbors, and plan to greet, meet and hear from Sushma.
OCT. 1 – Thurs. – 12 noon – “Poverty in India” – TUSTIN PRES. 225 W. Main, Tustin. First Thursday lunch. We welcome all. RSVP to our church office (714) 544-7070 by SEPT 24. A donation is requested to cover the cost of lunch. Contact: Sue Currie suecurrie at cox dot net. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
OCT. 1. Thurs. – 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Wine and Cheese reception (Friends of Pravaham). Contact: Anita Coleman charis dot coleman at gmail dot com. Private. Email for invite.
OCT. 2 – Fri – 4: 00 – 5: 15 pm “The Church among the poor in India” NATIONAL FAITH LEADERS CONFERENCE, CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER, 45 Tesla, Irvine. Details and Registration for the conference is at: http://nflc.eventbrite.com/ All are welcome. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ~1100 people attended the NFLC last year.
OCT. 2 – Fri –6:30 – 8:30 pm – Dinner (Empower International Ministries) – Contact: Carrie Miles carrie @ econzone dot com. Private. Email for invite.
OCT. 3 – Sat. – 11 AM – 1 PM – “Human trafficking” – GENEVA PRES. 24301 El Toro Rd. Laguna Woods. Contact: Steve Marsh smarsh at genevapres dot org
OCT. 3 – Sat. – 5:00 pm – Sat evening worship. ST. MARK PRES. 2200 San Joaquin Hills, Newport Beach. Contact: Susan Thornton smythornton at mac dot com. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
OCT 4 – World Communion Sunday – Worship 9:30 AM; Brunch 11 AM – 12 noon. “Dalits and Minority Rights” – ST. MARK PRES. 2200 San Joaquin Hills, Newport Beach. All are welcome; bring your friends and neighbors. Eventbrite registration required for food planning by Sept. 30th Wed. – http://tinyurl.com/ipbrunch. $ 10 donation to cover cost of Indian food. Contact: Susan Thornton smythornton at mac dot com. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
OCT. 4 – Sun – 7 pm – “Dalits and Minority Rights” LAGUNA BEACH PRES. 415 Forest Ave. Laguna Beach. Coffee and dessert. Contact: Kathy Sizer ksizer at lagunapreschurch dot org OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
OCT. 5 – Mon – 10 – 11 AM – “Healing and Reconciliation, Specifically for Women.” National Domestic Violence Awareness month, Global Center for Women and Justice, VANGUARD UNIVERSITY, 55 Fairview Dr. Costa Mesa. Presentation is scheduled to be held in Smith Hall 101. Contact: Nadia Hernandez nadia dot hernandez at vanguard dot edu. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Vanguard Construction Map Spring 2015
OCT. 6 – Tues – 12 noon – “An Open Dialog on Dalits, Domestic Violence, Trafficking and Poverty in India.” A Participatory Session. Bring your questions for Sushma. NORWALK PRES. CHURCH, 11345 Rosecrans Ave. Norwalk 90651. Phone: 562.864.5601 Hosted by Grace First Long Beach and Norwalk Pres. Church. Contact: Nettie Smith nsmith70 at verizon dot net.
Sushma is the Communication Secretary, Synod of the Church of North India. She has a master’s degree in communications from the UK and has worked in the US.
More information about Sushma is available on the Presbytery Mission Agency website: http://www.pcusa.org/news/2015/7/15/peacemaker-india-talk-hope-empowerment-during-us-v/
About the International Peacemakers: The International Peacemakers is a program of the PC (USA) Presbyterian Mission Agency which seeks to transform cultures of violence into communities of peace by bringing peacemakers from many different parts of the world to interpret issues of justice and peace to our congregations. Since 1984 over 220 International Peacemakers from more than 57 countries have been hosted by Presbyterians. This year the peacemakers come from 11 countries. They will be visiting churches across the US in Sept and Oct. Website: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/peacemaking/international-peacemakers/
Sushma is being hosted by a partnership of churches in our Presbytery led by the Peace and Justice Commission, St. Mark Presbyterian Church (Rev. Dr. Mark Davis, Pastor), 2200 San Joaquin Hills, Newport Beach. Contact for Sushma’s visit: Anita Coleman, charis dot coleman at gmail dot com (949) 682-9603.
Last minute updates to the itinerary, if any, will be posted on the Mission Connections blog at http://lrmission.wordpress.com/
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