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Troops Home Fast Unites with Faith Community September 10 - 11

Preliminary Lineup for Peace Fast & Teach-In
Shemanski Park, South Park Blocks (Salmon & SW Park) will be the site of a two-day Public Fast and Peace "Teach-In" - uniting clergy, lay leaders, peace groups, and individuals from all persuasions - to bring attention to the urgency for peacemaking and provide opportunities for personal commitment, education, and discussion - a reflective, supportive, joyous event on September 10 and 11 (10AM-6PM).

Fasters and their supporters will be the center of the event. They will talk with others about why they fast, how they do it, and what it means to them, including representatives of "Troops Home Fast" with Code Pink Portland. Surrounding them will be information tables and exhibits set up by various peace groups of both secular and religious orientation. They will engage in teaching, talking, and activities, signing declarations of peace, pledges of nonviolence, letters, and peace prayers or other expressions of our shared yearning for peace.

Near the fasters, a Peace Curtain will be installed allowing visitors to write and affix their own peace notes, reflections, prayers, origami doves, and other colorful and meaningful pieces. Donations to Benefit NE Emergency Food Bank.

An inspiring lineup of hourly presentations, remarks, prayers, dance, music, readings, poetry, and more will be hosted by or include the following:

September 10
1:00 pm
St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church - Alcena Boozer
Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church - Matt Hennessee
Multnomah Friends - Marge Abbott
Code Pink - Bob Watada (Ehren Watada's father)

St. Francis Catholic Church - Valerie Chapman

Mo Mack and the Peace & Justice Singers

St. Luke Lutheran Church - David Knapp
Havurah Shalom - Joey Wolf
Bilal Mosque - Shahriar Ahmed

Dances of Universal Peace

Portland First United Methodist Church - Llowell Greathouse and Annie Heart

Cindi Fisher (40-day faster) and others from Code Pink

5:30 - 6:00
Dances of Universal Peace

September 11
10:00 am
Nichiren Shur Buddhist Temple - George Jeffers

Ainsworth United Church of Christ - Lynn Smouse Lopez

Augustana Lutheran Church - Mark Knutson
Islamic Community - Muhammed Najieb
P'Nai Or - Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfeld

Israeli Folkdancers - Alison Victor

Zen Community of Oregon - chanters Patrick Green and Laura Martin

Sufi Community

Native American Community - Isaac Trimble
Christian Gospel Singing - Marilyn Keller

4:00 - 6:00
Interfaith Focus by Several Participating Faith Communities