Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall Activism - Insight from Derek Sparks

We started work towards a Fall Event on Advocacy and Activism - toward peacemaking, with Derek Sparks. For a variety of great reasons, we are breaking up our work with Derek for now - and for a future opportunity into 2011!

While the following events are not "open to the public" as they are on-campus events at Southern Nazarene University. I am excited to report that Derek will be meeting with classes at SNU on September 29th and 30th. Events will include:

Reflecting on issues of human rights in areas of the world dominated by religious fundamentalist or extremists.

Discerning issues in southeast Asia, including discerning unique cultural and geographic features.

Other issues of multinational political and economic alliances, perhaps including problems with piracy.

Personal reflections on what it means to exist as a politician and Christian in the world today.


Presentation and conversation will be shaped by Student Questions in classes including World Religion, Physical Geography and Old Testament Theology.

Toward eupan!

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pledge a Minute for Peace

Someone might argue that more than prayer is needed for peace to become effective in the world. I might agree.

But, it certainly seems that a joint effort by persons of various faiths all aimed toward the same goal - if that goal is peace - no matter their theological differences - prayers for peace might just be the start we need - all in the same hopeful direction - to move our world toward peace!



Toward eupan!

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Official Film Trailer | Little Town of Bethlehem

Coming to Oklahoma City, Wednesday, September 29th.

A film exploring issues of peace among Jews, Muslims and Christians.

More details to follow.

Mark your calendars - and check out the trailer as you have opportunity! Linked here:

Official Film Trailer | Little Town of Bethlehem

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Advocacy and Diplomacy - D.C. and OKC

I (Marty) will be in Washington D.C. this coming weekend, attending to the shared work I am privileged to accomplish with Genocide Intervention Network. I wish I felt I could do *more* than what I do - and I hope for a greater intervention by more persons in our world - but I am thankful too - *very* *very* thankful that I have had opportunity to partner with so many great people in and around OKC and with great Carl Wilkens Fellows with GI NET!

At the end of this month, J. Derek Sparks who has worked in offices with Senator Coburn and Mary Fallin (among others) will be a spokesperson sharing about issues of peace and diplomacy on the campus of Southern Nazarene University.

We have chosen to postpone an evening even with Derek for this Fall - anticipating other options toward Spring 2011 - but we are excited for the numerous students he will have opportunity to engage in several classroom settings on Wednesday and Thursday, September 29th and 30th. Interested in hearing what he has to share, contact me directly about when and where he will be speaking in several campus buildings each morning.

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My scheduled meetings in the offices in D.C. are with Senator Coburn, Senator Inhofe and Congresswoman Mary Fallin in effort to raise awareness about - and support of issues connected to Genocide and the situation in Sudan. Are you an Oklahoman who wants to raise your voice to this advocacy work? Contact me at martymichelson (at) gmail (dot) com

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.