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Conference Highlights

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Keynote Address

Friday, April 11, 2008, 7:45 p.m.

Who Bears the Burden?

Dr. Charlie Clements
President and Chief Executive Officer
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

In this presentation, Charlie, a Vietnam-veteran, will examine the costs of the war in Iraq on our military, on their families, on Iraqis, and on the unfunded priorities in America such as rebuilding the communities and lives devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King, Jr., was excoriated by people and institutions like the New York Times and Washington Post, which had previously regarded him as a hero, for linking the war in Vietnam with the problems of poverty and race in the U.S. This year UUSC honors with this analysis the 40th anniversary of King’s death — which falls only a few weeks after the PSD conference.

Charlie Clements is a public health physician and human rights activist, who for five years has led UUSC as CEO and President. The moral arc of his life was examined in an Academy Award winning documentary, “Witness to War” (1985), and a book by the same title (Bantam, 1984), which describe his journey of conscience, from a young pilot who refused further duty in Vietnam that he felt was immoral, to a physician working behind the lines in the civil war of El Salvador, taking care of civilians bombed by U.S.-supplied aircraft in which he had once trained. It was there Charlie became acquainted with the horror of landmines. Some years later he would represent Physicians for Human Rights at both the treaty signing and the Nobel-peace prize ceremonies for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Charlie spent nearly a decade assisting American communities along the border of Mexico to construct desperately needed infrastructure of running water and sewer, where he developed an passion for the human right to water. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to human rights and humanitarian affairs. Charlie worked at UUSC in the late 1980s as Director of Human Rights Education, during which time he led a number of Congressional fact-finding missions to Central America.

 

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Saturday, April 12, 2008, 9:00 a.m.

(topic to be announced)

Rev. Meg Riley
Director of Advocacy and Witness, UUA

Rev. Meg Riley is currently Director of Advocacy and Witness at UUA. For many years she served as the Director of the UU Washington Office for Faith in Action.

 

Banquet and Entertainment

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 7:15 p.m.

Enjoy dinner with new friends and old. The choir will sing along with a potpourri of talented performers ranging from serious artists to hilarious quipsters. We guarantee there will be something entertaining for everyone! Be sure to join us for a rollicking good time!

Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive, Multicultural Unitarian Universalism for All Ages

Saturday, April 12, 2008, Workshop Sessions

Learn how to educate yourself and others about race and racism so that you can better organize for racial justice in our communities and the world. Groundwork trainers will help us create anti-racist transformation personally, institutionally, and culturally.

Groundwork is a UUA sponsored organization of trainers that helps UUs learn how to be more spiritually alive and justice-centered. This workshop is one of three being offered by Groundwork trainers and is sponsored by the PSD Board of Directors. This thematic workshop is planned for multigenerational participants. Youth, young adults, and adults are all welcome. It meets during each workshop session (A8, B8, and C8). This is an opportunity to explore the topic in depth by attending all or any one of the sessions.