Some updates to encourage us as work continues on this issue.

On Thursday Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace, FAN Just Peace Fellow Eli McCarthy led a deep listening session urging participants to share their feelings of the war in Ukraine. Using a synodal circle process, we offered space for people to connect deeply with one another, to share stories, and hear their thoughts regarding the war. Through this practice, we hope to deepen empathy and connection so we may move forward together in the ways of a just peace. 

As U.S. majority public opinion is shifting toward alternative approaches and ending the war, FAN Just Peace Fellow Eli McCarthy has been meeting with the U.S. State Department and USAID to educate their colleagues on various peacebuilding and nonviolent resistance stories and reports. Additionally, Eli works with the U.S. Institute of Peace and Orthodox Peace Fellowship to support the dialogue between the different Orthodox communities in Ukraine.

The Religious Leader letter sent to Congress and the White House supporting Pope Francis and diplomatic initiatives is still being circulated. A committee has been created to mobilize the religious community for diplomacy and peacebuilding on behalf of a just peace. If you would like to join, let us know.

Finally, save the date and consider planning some local actions for the Global Week of Action for Peace in Ukraine: Sept. 30th-Oct. 8th. More details forthcoming.

Want to take action? We invite you to use the button below to contact your Congress members and call for diplomacy and peacebuilding in Ukraine. Thank you!

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