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Summer Conference Underway in Ogden, Utah


July 22, 2009 | bpfna

(Ogden, UT - July 22, 2009) The BPFNA 2009 Summer Conference is underway in Ogden, Utah. Situated at the foot of the scenic Wasatch Mountains, the campus of Weber State University provides a beautiful setting for this week of study, workshops, worship and fellowship.

The conference opened Monday evening with music from Greg Ledbetter and the Shell Ridge Ramblers from Shell Ridge Community Church in Walnut Creek, CA, and an inspiring keynote address from BPFNA founding director Ken Sehested, co-pastor of the Circle of Mercy congregation in Asheville, NC. Singer-songwriter Kate Campbell also provided music during the evening session.

Tuesday morning began with song led by D.E. Adams of Louisville, KY, followed by a time of reflective prayer facilitated by Paul Dekar of Dundas, ON, an independent scholar, peace activist and chair of the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Rita Nakashima Brock, the noted author and professor of religion of religion and women's studies, led Bible study, which was followed by a number of workshops on topics including Creating Liturgies Grounded in a Theology of Paradise, Models for Teaching Peace, The Indian Christian Witness, and Rosen Method Bodywork. The morning programs continue through the week with the same plenary leadership and many additional workshop opportunities.

Several optional activities were available on Tuesday, including a "BPFNA Story Circle" led by George Williamson, BPFNA's founding board president, the opening session in a week-long Nonviolence Training for Personal and Social Change with Janet Chisholm and Kat Malinsky, and the first in a series of showings in the Peace and Justice Film Festival.

The Tuesday evening session featured a moving message from Nancy Hastings Sehested, co-pastor of the Circle of Mercy congregation in Asheville, NC, and chaplain at Marion (NC) Correctional Institution. Kate Campbell gave an after-hours concert in which she sang favorites by request and a number of selections from her latest collection.

The conference continues through Saturday morning, with worship, workshops and study opportunities each day.

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