The Ediger Memorial Interfaith Celebration of Active Nonviolence

The Ediger Memorial Interfaith Celebration of Active Nonviolence was held in Las Vegas on September 23, 2012.

Here is YouTube coverage of the two-day Celebration, made by John Amidon.

The first two clips are from the afternoon plenary session with Kathy Kelly and Vincent Harding in conversation with moderator Jim Haber.

After a good meal and some music, Mary Litell led the group in some exercises used by Capacitar International to help people survive and recover from trauma and extremely violent situations.

Then Rae Abileah shared some of her experiences and reflections on nonviolent activism.

Ahmed Younis offered some observations of society and the Islamic worldview based on the day’s conversations.

The next day, a group held a Tashlich ritual, traditional for Jews during the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

This service had spiritual and political significance as it was held in the Palazzo, a casino owned by Sheldon Adelson. The liturgy was created by members of Jewish Voice for Peace and included asking for repentance for the continuing occupation of Palestinian territories and for the ongoing oppression of Palestinians in Israel as second class citizens.

The ritual involves casting coins or small stones or bread crumbs in a moving body of water. The Palazzo has a waterfall, so it seemed just too perfect!

Here are photos taken by Jim Haber of the NDE during the conference.

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The Ediger Memorial Interfaith Celebration of Active Nonviolence

A major event we have coming up soon:

Nevada Desert Experience, The Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, and Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service proudly present

The Ediger Memorial Interfaith Celebration of Active Nonviolence

A stimulating Sunday of dynamic, thought-provoking discussions, uplifting music, delicious food, and the sharing of useful tools for dealing with violence and its aftermath.

Sunday, September 23, 3:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Islamic Society of Nevada
4730 East Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas

Active nonviolence is any creative alternative to passive inaction on the one hand,
or countering violence with more violence on the other hand.

Presenters include:
Vincent Harding Chairperson, Veterans of Hope Project: A Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal

Kathy Kelly Founder, Voices for Creative Nonviolence (just back from another trip to Afghanistan)

Mary Litell Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and Capacitar International

Rae Abileah CODEPINK Women for Peace and Young, Jewish & Proud

Ahmed Younis Co-author of American Blackness: Reflective Thoughts by Men of Faith (Roman & Littlefield, Fall 2012) and from 2008 to 2012, Senior Analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.

St. James the Apostle Catholic Church Gospel Choir (singing A Cappella)
Under the direction of Susan Briare

Help decorate our Graffiti Wall of Free Expression

Complementary Dinner Courtesy of the Islamic Society of Nevada

Free Admission ($10 donation suggested)

Peter Ediger (1932-2012) was a poet and peace-maker, a veteran of many nonviolent campaigns who first envisioned this event. We are honored to bring this celebration to life!

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