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Seattle FOR program: Peacemaker Accompaniment in Kurdistan, Zoom
January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
SEATTLE FOR PROGRAM MEETING
ACCOMPANIMENT AS PEACEMAKERS IN IRAQI KURDISTAN
Sun Jan 15, 6:30 – 8 pm, by Zoom
Seattle Chapter Fellowship of Reconciliation presents Weldon Nisly on his experience with Community Peacemaker Teams in Iraqi Kurdistan, participating in a team accompanying, advocating, and amplifying the voices of Kurdish people targeted by war and political oppression.
SPEAKER BIO: Weldon Nisly served in Mennonite pastoral and peace ministry from 1973-2013, in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Seattle. After nearly 19 years as pastor of Seattle Mennonite Church, he retired in late 2013, to devote more time to Just Peacebuilding.
He participated on Community Peacemaker Teams (https://cpt.org) delegations in Iraq (2003, 2010, 2014) and served half-time on the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team from 2017-22 ( https://cptik.org/ and https://cpt.org/programs/kurdistan). He also served on the CPT Palestine team in 2017 &18. Previously he participated on peace delegations in Nicaragua (1984, 1990) and Russia (1988). Prior to ministry, Weldon was a political organizer in Iowa (1968-73) after growing up on a farm near Wellman and Kalona, Iowa.
Weldon earned a BBA from the University of Iowa studying economics and political science (1966-72) and an MA in Peace Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (1975-77), writing his master’s thesis on Liberation Theology after studying in Colombia (1977). He is a lifelong Mennonite and became a Benedictine Oblate in 2001, affiliated with Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, where he was a Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute (2001, 2007, 2010, 2015).
Weldon is committed to amplifying voices of people who are targeted by war and political oppression that he has encountered in CPT and elsewhere. His published articles include: “Victims of War are Not Our Enemies” (Seattle Times, The Mennonite, and CommonDreams (2003), “To Guide Our Feet: Pastoral Action in Impossible Times” (in Stumbling Toward a Genuine Conversation on Homosexuality, edited by Michael King, 2007); “From Silence to Salaam: A Reflection on Contemplative Peacebuilding” (The Oblate, June 2015), and “Pandemic and Peace: Healthcare Not Warfare” (Hospitality, July and September 2020).
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Meeting ID: 873 7136 8515
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