APRIL 27, Raleigh, NC – World War II Marine combat veteran Samuel
Winstead is accepting applications for co-riders to join his Ride for
Peace leaving Sunday April 27th from
Raleigh, NC bound for Washington, DC.
Riders are invited to join for all, or any part of the ride.
blazed this trail over secondary roads in North Carolina and Virginia in the
Spring of 2012. In his inaugural Ride
for Peace, Sam pedaled 350 miles in 7 days, from Raleigh to DC. He repeated this feat in in 2013.
Winstead, who is
88, will lead riders from the NC Capital in Raleigh at 8:00am Sunday, April 27,
and make overnight stops in Henderson, NC (April 27), Blackstone, VA (April 28)
Gum Spring, VA (April 29), Culpeper, VA (April 30), Middleburg, VA (May 1),
Leesburg, VA (May 2) and will arrive at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC
for a Rally for Peace at 2:00pm Saturday, May 3rd.
During the ride,
Sam will distribute copies of Charlottesville author David Swanson’s book “War
No More: The Case for Abolition.” Swanson’s book has helped launch the
After last year’s
Ride for Peace. Sam visited Congressional offices to urge the repeal of the
Authorization to Use Military Force.
Congress approved the AUMF in the aftermath of 9/11, which gave the US
President a blank check to make war anywhere on earth.
Congressional visits, he traveled to the 2013 Hiroshima Peace Forum, at the
invitation of Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka. Sam has been a member of the Roxboro (NC)
Rotary Club for 35 years. Speaking at
the Peace Forum before 2,500 delegates representing 56 nations, he was able to
express his concerns about continuous war. The two U.N. representatives
showed great interest in his concerns about America's participation in the
Mr. Winstead, who
fought the Japanese in the Pacific in 1944 and 1945, made the pilgrimage for
peace and reconciliation to Hiroshima, nearly 70 years after his days of
conflict, with the message that we have outgrown warfare.
can download Ride for Peace applications on the North Carolina Triangle
Veterans for Peace website at www.ncveteransforpeace.org.
The purpose of the
ride is “to ask our leaders to stop wars” says Mr. Winstead, whose grandson has
relayed his first-hand experiences of a war in Iraq, causing countless lives
lost, that put America many trillion dollars in debt while
destroying a beautiful country and priceless artifacts of the
World’s oldest civilization.
Mr. Winstead can be arranged by contacting John Heuer, 919-444-3823 or email
Who: Riders to
join for all or part of the 350-mile bicycle Ride for Peace to Washington DC,
with 4 generations of the Winstead family.
- On International
Women’s Day, a group of young women are putting on an evening event to
stop abuse of women around the world. Local speakers and student
activists will share information about how we can make the abuse stop,
and petitions will be available. There will be a candle light vigil.
All members of the community are invited to join! March 8th, 6pm! For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
- CCPJ and Veterans for Peace will be hosting an upcoming tabling
with the Peace Education program in Charlottesville High School. We are
always looking for more volunteers to help! If you would like to
participate, contact Evan.
- Join CCPJ for our March monthly meeting Sunday, Mar. 9 , at 4pm at the Charlottesville Friends Meeting House.
- The next Vets for Peace meeting will be Sunday, Mar. 30, at 4pm, at Cville Coffee.
- The Dogwood Parade is coming up! March with CCPJ and other peace
groups and show the community your support for peace! Mark your
calendars, April 26! More info, contact Virginia.
- CCPJ is planning an event for Memorial Day with
veterans for peace and graduate students Michael McAndrew and Katrina
Gehman. If you would like to be involved in the planning process,
please respond to this email.
For more events, see our online calendar here!
- Veterans for Peace will be hosting its national convention in
Asheville, NC in August of 2014. Local Vets for Peace wants to know if
anyone is interested in carpooling options. If you are interested,
reply to this email or contact Evan.
Last month, CCPJ community members traveled to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to take part in the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference at Eastern Mennonite University Seminary. From that three-day conference comes a new confession of the faith in good, Anabaptist/pacifist tradition. "The Shenandoah Confession" builds upon five hundred years of peacemaking efforts in a Christian framework. CCPJ Board member and EMU student Evan Knappenberger helped to draft the statement along with many others.Read the story here!
See the confession that follows!
The Shenandoah Confession
Presented this 24th
day of February, 2014, on behalf of those gathered in Christ at the
Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship of Anabaptist colleges meeting at
Eastern Mennonite University, to our various communities around the
world. Written by participants with inspiration from previous Anabaptist
confessions of faith.
May peace, fellowship, patience and the truth of the love of God be with all who love God. Beloved
brothers and sisters in the Lord, may the care of the good shepherd and
the strength of the lamb who was slain sustain you in your efforts to
recognize God’s Kingdom which, according to the most holy teacher and
savior, Jesus of Nazareth, exists among and within all creation and is
the source of life everywhere.
Dear brothers and
sisters, we who have been assembled for the 2014 Intercollegiate Peace
Fellowship Conference, in the Lord at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in the
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, make known to all that we have been
united in the spirit of fellowship to the common goal of building the
peace of a loving and merciful God. The articles to which
we confess ourselves we announce here in the spirit of those Anabaptist
brothers and sisters who before us made confession together at
Schleitheim on the 24th day of February in the year 1527, and
Dordrecht in 1632, including the various conclusions that have been
amended to it by the church since. As those dear brothers
and sisters made formal confession into a foundational action of the
Anabaptist church, so let us confess ourselves in the hopes of a new and
prophetic life in Immanuel, who is God with us.
The eleven articles of confession.
The articles of our confession are as follows.
1. Confession of faith in Christ as the foundation of peace.
2. Love as the root of all things.
3. The call of the spirit of God to all for radical pacifist action.
4. Acceptance of the truth of the full humanity of all God’s children.
5. Inclusion as the guiding principle of action within the spirit.
6. Accountability of historical wrongs, especially colonialisms.
7. An abiding desire to participate in resilient and just economies.
8. The full and unflinching engagement of creative faculties of believers in service of peace.
9. Embrace of lives of radical simplicity following the truth of God’s peace on Earth.
10. Commitment to deep listening and dialogue as the prophetic intention of Christian pacifism.
11. Recognition of failures and continued re-commitment to our principles within community.
Explication of articles.
Confession of faith in Christ as the foundation of peace. We
confess our faith in the peace of Christ that surpasses understanding,
and our dedication to the principled peace of the Lord and savior Jesus
who taught a bold humility. We embrace the faith even as
we work for the good of all people, including people with whom we
disagree, or people of other faiths, and even those who proclaim
themselves our enemies and seek to do us harm. We seek the
realization of the one we follow, Jesus, that the good of all is the
work of servants; and in the tradition of him who laid down his life for
all people, we embrace our identities as his followers knowing well the
consequences of the burden of the cross. We admit that
there can be no higher calling than the gospel call to nonviolent action
in accordance with the will of the Holy Spirit, and the imminent
fullness of the kingdom of the lamb, who does justice with mercy.
Love as the root of all things. Being
created in the spirit of love, and saved by the love of Jesus who is
our redeemed example of love, we here confess that love to be at the
heart of all things. We confess to loving ourselves and
others without the world’s judgment and vanities; we commit to loving
the earth and protecting God’s gift of life, the spirit of God itself,
and our enemies and neighbors, in praise and thanksgiving. We also confess our belief that our love must be one that challenges those around us to become better followers of Jesus. Love must be mission, holding others accountable and building them up. True love, we hold, calls people to action in its embodiment and by its very example.
The call of the spirit of God to all for radical pacifist action. This gospel call to act as servants we confess to be the central tenant of the Christian faith. Peace is the vocation of all things made by a just and good creator, we believe. Peace
shapes our daily lives and actions whether or not we are aware of it;
it is our intention to practice this peace conscientiously around the
world and amongst neighbors. The spirit of God calls all
God’s life back to God, clothed in the raiment of nonviolence,
worshiping the wonderful counselor who does justice and loves mercy. We
confess that we seek to build institutions upon the shoulders of
Christ, the servant who yearns for right relationship among the children
Acceptance of the truth of the full humanity of all God’s children. We affirm all brothers and sisters to be equal in Christ. We call for the full privileges and rights of Christ to be granted them without delay. We
honor the power and beauty of all life, and seek to enter relationship
with it, not avoiding but rather walking toward conflict in the spirit
of peace and fellowship. Along with this, we confess that
our communities must become places of deep healing, sustainable praxis,
nonviolent education and radical acceptance, where brothers and sisters
can seek their identities in Christ freely, without fear of prejudice or
Inclusion as the guiding principle of action within the spirit. We confess that the guiding principle of prophetic action within the will of the spirit is one of active inclusion. In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, nor male and female. All people, created in the image of God, are unconditionally welcomed to God’s table and to God’s salvation.
Accountability of historical wrong, especially colonialisms. We hereby pledge solidarity and yield up positions of leadership to those communities who have been historically marginalized. We
seek to affirm their leadership and support peace and nonviolence
education by upholding the principles of peacebuilding in our own local
and historical contexts. As North American Anabaptists, we
confess our need to challenge and reform our own government and lay out
peacebuilding alternatives to violence and war.
An abiding desire to participate in resilient and just economies. We
see that our world suffers from a lack of care for God’s living
environment, and we grieve the lack of our participation in an economy
that is environmentally sustainable and socially just. We
confess our desire to support local enterprise, invest prudently in
clean energy, and remain mindful of our impact on and our role within
God’s loving creation. We seek to embrace trickle-up
change, and we commit to imagining innovative communities along these
principles near to our homes, even as we seek God’s peace farther from
our immediate spheres of influence.
The full and unflinching engagement of creative faculties of believers in service of peace. We
confess that we look for creative engagement within our hearts and
communities in order to nonviolently pursue restorative justice in the
name of a righteous God of wholeness. Violence stifles creative impulses
and inhibits our ability to seek the peace of God. We believe in appealing for peace to the creativity of the Spirit, which is that of Jesus, and of the one who sent him.
Embrace of lives of radical simplicity following the truth of God’s peace on Earth. In
order to focus our lives to the call of God’s peace on Earth, we hereby
uphold the life of the servant Christ in its simplicity and
mission-orientation as the model for all conscientious human activity. We
seek to affirm the intentional community of believers without excluding
other brothers and sisters, and we disavow egotistical ambition as a
basis for peace and faith work. We recognize the
impossibility of following two masters, and chose to follow the way of
peace despite the possibilities of worldly poverty which can sometimes
Commitment to deep listening and dialogue as the prophetic intention of Christian pacifism. We
assert principles of right relationship to neighbor, enemy and self to
be the following: deep listening as a means of connection and dialogue;
openness to change of identity and opinion; mutual transformation in
partnership and in the spirit of the creator; deep reflection before
action; and nonviolence.
Recognition of failures and continued re-commitment to our principles within community. We confess that we have at times failed to embody the principles of community. With contrition we earnestly implore God’s forgiveness. We
have not loved our neighbors as ourselves, we have not honored God’s
creation, and we have often left the work of peace undone. Brothers
and sisters in Christ, let us recognize our many vanities, our mindless
consumerisms. Let us hereby recommit ourselves to the principles of
Christian pacifism, the articles of confession above, and the teachings
of Jesus of Nazareth in the way of nonviolence.
Brothers and sisters
in God, we most earnestly confess these points to you in hope that they
move in your hearts, and excite within you a desire to confess them
also. May your roots – watered in the innocence and strength of the lamb of God – nourish your spirits and give you rest and joy. Also
may your wings – lifted by the breath of the Holy Spirit – shield you
in the protection of the most high and allow you to walk and not grow
faint, to run and not become weary, to soar as eagles. May
the peace of God be with you now and always, and may the teachings of
the Prince of Peace guide you to the realization of God’s presence among