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Activist to speak at local church

By Staff | Oct 28, 2011

Colman McCarthy, an American journalist, teacher, lecturer, pacifist, anarchist and long-time peace activist, will speak on “Non-violence in a Time of War,” Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Meeting House Fellowship Hall, 100 W. Washington St., Shepherdstown. Saturday morning, Nov. 5, he will offer a workshop on “How to Be A Peacemaker” at 9 a.m. Both programs are free and open to the public.

McCarthy directs the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington, D.C. From 1969 to 1997, he wrote columns for The Washington Post. His topics ranged from politics, religion, health and sports to education, poverty and peacemaking. Washingtonian Magazine called him “the liberal conscience of The Washington Post.” Smithsonian said he is “a man of profound spiritual awareness.”

He has written for The New Yorker, The Nation, The Progressive, The Atlantic and Reader’s Digest. Since 1999, he has written biweekly columns for National Catholic Reporter.

Since 1982, he has been teaching courses on nonviolence and the literature of peace.

In the fall semester of 2006, he taught at seven schools – Georgetown University Law Center, American University, the University of Maryland, The Washington Center for Internships, Wilson High School, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and School Without Walls.

In 25 years, he has had more than 7,000 students in his classes. In 1985, he founded the Center for Teaching Peace, a nonprofit that helps schools begin or expand academic programs in peace studies. He is a regular speaker at U.S. colleges, prep schools, high schools and peace conferences and gives an average of 50 lectures a year.

For more information, contact Kathy at 304-876-6466.