In just less than a month people will gather for the Pacific Life Community 2013 Faith & Resistance Retreat – Friday, March 1st through Monday, March 4th.
Just what is the Pacific Life Community? Briefly – It is an extended community of people in many different communities dedicated to “ending nuclear weapons and war-making through nonviolent direct action.”
The retreat is a full weekend of reflection, sharing and re-charging (and more) for the work ahead.
The retreat itself will be at the All Saints Camp in Gig Harbor, just north of Tacoma. On Saturday evening there is a free public event at the University of Puget Sound. On Monday morning people from the retreat will gather for a vigil and nonviolent direct action at the Bangor Trident submarine base. All are welcome to join in any part of the weekend – on Monday morning, Saturday evening, as well as the rest of the weekend’s retreat.
The retreat begins at All Saints Camp on Friday evening with some informal activities. The more “formal” program begins Saturday morning and runs through Sunday evening. On Monday morning we will rise before the sun and prepare for the early morning action at Bangor, which is a relatively short drive North of the retreat center.
People need to register for the retreat itself so that we can plan to accommodate everyone. We are asking for $100 per attendee to help cover the costs of the retreat. No one will be turned down for lack of full fare. And we invite you who are able to subsidize to help. Click here to download the Registration Form.
The Saturday evening program at University of Puget Sound is free and open to the public, and begins at 7:00PM (NO registration necessary). The theme is A Nonviolent Future without Nuclear Weapons? We have a rich offering of presenters, including:
- Felice Cohen-Joppa, Master of Ceremonies for the evening, who brings 30 years of work on The Nuclear Resister, dedicated to supporting imprisoned anti-nuclear and anti-war activists.
- Michael Honey, Professor of Labor and Ethnic Studies and American History at University of Washington, Tacoma.
- Tom Rogers, a retired US Navy Captain. A career submariner, he commanded a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War.
- Elizabeth Murray, an ex-CIA analyst and former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East at the National Intelligence Council
- Father William “Bix” Bichsel, a Jesuit who lives and works at the Tacoma Catholic Worker.
Click here for more detailed bios and full information on Saturday evening’s program. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn how we can all engage the issue and help build a nonviolent future free of the scourge of nuclear weapons. After the formal presentations and music, there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with presenters and members of the PLC to learn more.
Thanks to UPS Students for Justice & Service in Tacoma; and Office for Service, Spirituality & Social Justice at UPS for co-sponsoring the Saturday evening event.
Monday morning’s vigil and nonviolent direct action will happen at the Bangor base, and we are grateful to Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (GZ) for hosting the action. GZ is located next door to the Bangor base (the largest operational concentration of nuclear weapons!!!). All are welcome to join the vigil in nonviolent spirit and intention. We plan to arrive at Bangor and begin vigiling at approximately 7:00AM. Following the vigil and action we will regroup at GZ for breakfast and reflection. We will post more details as they are available. Please note: We don’t yet know the exact location of the action.
If you are considering joining us on Monday morning, but will not be with us on the retreat, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure to keep you updated on Monday morning – timing, directions, etc. This is important as it is quite possible that we will not determine which gate we will be at until Sunday (March 3rd).
Finally – Please check the top of the right column at the PLC Blog for registration form, maps and more. We will be adding the retreat schedule soon.
Looking forward to sharing a rich weekend of faith and resistance.
With Nonviolent Spirit,