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James L. Foster
James L. Foster
is a former Baptist minister and Mennonite church planter who is
currently President of Institutes for Christian Spirituality
and Interim Director of Peacebuilding Institute of East
Tennessee. He has a Masters Degree in Christology from Eastern
Mennonite Seminary and has served for several years on the
denominational Board of Directors for the Virginia Mennonite
Board of Missions. He has worked as an advocate for the
Caribbean poor, particularly those in Haiti, Jamaica, and
Guyana. He has for many years served as spiritual director for
numerous individuals and has conducted over a hundred prayer
workshops and hunger workshops in churches from Florida to New
York and from Virginia to North Dakota, including Baptist,
Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Lutheran,
Episcopal and Anabaptist churches and schools and has spoken
from their pulpits.
Jim, as he prefers to be called, is
available to facilitate workshops in prayer, centering prayer,
and hunger sensitivity. His approach in each of these areas is
both practical and theological. The workshops are generally
about 3 hours long and are often scheduled in tandem with
preaching engagements on the “Biblical Mandate to Feed the
Poor,” a “Biblical Theology of Nonviolence and Forgiveness,”
“The Peaceable Kingdom” or a round table discussion with church
leadership on “Revisioning the Christian Faith.”
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Paula, working through Voices in the Treetops
using the performing arts,
strives to develop integrity of character and foster positive,
productive self-discipline. We concentrate on arts
programs for children, teens, and adults which promote social
and environmental responsibility, wellness, entrepreneurial
skills development, social justice, and cultural preservation.
We teach the principles of peacebuilding communication, using the
power of music, song, and story circles to facilitate
constructive dialogue and collaboration between community
service agencies, artists, individual community advocates,
health professionals and educators.
Paula specialized in
working with groups and organizations for Program Design
and Development, Conferences, Seminars, Workshops,
Community Residencies, and Concerts....
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Wayne Lavender, the director of Passing the Peace,
is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and
a recent Ph.D. graduate from George Mason university's
School of Public Policy. He is available to
preach, lead workshops or speak at public events.
He is the author of Counting Ants While the Elephants
March By, Theolegal Empire and soon to be
published Worldview and Public Policy: From American
Exceptionalism to American Empire.
Passing the Peace is an
interfaith, international organization that believes all
people share the same dream: to live peacefully with our
neighbor, to provide for ourselves and our children, and
to work towards a brighter tomorrow.
Our Mission: Building a world of peace and justice for
all of God’s children.
Read More About Wayne Lavender
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