Whose Children Are These? Afghan Youth & U.S. Veterans Share Their Stories During Advent

Hosanna! People’s Seminary | Advent 2010 | Dispersed Communities Uniting (DCU) Summit

Sponsored by Christian Peace Witness and St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery

As we await the birth of the Christ child we ask: Whose Children Are These? The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and American Veterans Share Their Stories. Hosanna! People’s Seminary (H!PS) invites you a special DCU Summit with Afghan children and American veterans sharing experiences of war and occupation. Participants will be connected by phone conference from 1-2PM (EST) on November 28th, December 5th, December 12th, and December 19th. Come to listen, pray, and reflect. Voices of Afghan children and veterans will be privileged in these calls, however there will be opportunities for others to ask questions and make comments.

Conference call participants may call into 1-218-936-4141, pin number 4790204#. Those local to the New York Metro Area are invited experience the series at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (131 East 10th Street New York, NY). Those unable to call in may listen to the entire series, which will be recorded and linked towww.hopesem.org. It would be of great help to the organizers if all participants registered at www.hopesem.org.

Event Participant Bios

11/28: Bryan Casler served as a Marine Infantry man from 2002 to 2006 during which he was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007 he co-founded Iraq Veterans Against the War’s 34th Chapter in Rochester, New York.

12/5: Brock McIntosh is a specialist in the Army National Guard and Military Policeman from Bloomington, Illinois. He has just returned from a twelve month tour in Afghanistan ending in August of this year.

12/5: Frances Wiedenhoeft is a member of the Madison chapter of Iraq Vets Against the War, Lt. Col. Frances Wiedenhoeft served with the Army Medical Division’s professional management command during Desert Storm and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

12/12: Jake Diliberto was a Marine Cpl. who served with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and served on security forces for II MEB in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. After serving in the Marines Jake has finished his B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University. Jake has served on several political campaigns including President Obama’s democratic primary campaign and currently is continuing his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in ethics and religion. Jake has finished his M.A. in Theology & Ethics as of 2009 and is pursuing law school for 2010.

12/19: Josh Stieber was deployed to Baghdad for fourteen months with Bravo Company 2-16. He later became a conscientious objector, and is now walking across the country speaking out against war and blogging at Contagious Love Experiment.
Afghan Youth PeaceVolunteers was created in 2008 by Afghan college students and youth who felt motivated to begin a peace movement in Afghanistan.