Strengthening the Peacemakers: South Sudan and Diaspora–AFRECS National Conference

April 9, 2018

Colorado’s Sudanese residents will encounter international leaders May 4-6 for face-to-face training in moving from the trauma of interethnic violence towards reconciliation, seeking a just peace in a suffering South Sudan.

Kenneth R. Scott, former Assistant U. S. Attorney in Denver, a member of the Cathedral of St. John, and current United Nations Human Rights Commissioner for South Sudan, will report his observations in South Sudan. David Anderson Hooker, of the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on trauma awareness and healing.  Retired ambassador Dane F. Smith, Jr., former senior advisor to the U. S. Special Envoy on Darfur, will describe non-violent direct action citizens can take for peace. Samuel Enosa Peni, bishop of Nzara in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, will report on his work at village and national level for justice and reconciliation. Dr. Joseph Z. Bilal will share the vision of creating an Episcopal University of South Sudan.

Facilitating the conference, to be held at the Doubletree Denver-Stapleton North hotel and at St. John’s Cathedral, will be Canon Phil Groves, a leader since 2008 of reconciling conversations between bishops in the Anglican Communion, and Jane Basa Namurye, wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s advisor for Anglican Communion affairs.

Friends of the church in South Sudan and Sudan are invited to attend sessions at the hotel Friday, May 4,  1 – 9 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Cathedral. Register at Cost: Sudanese diaspora members: $25; others: $50 for Sat. only (includes coffee and lunch); Fri. and Sat. (all meals) $150.

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Contact: Anita Sanborn 303-884-6080