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Long-time Christian peace worker to give next Peace Lecture

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A long-time worker with Christian Peacemaker Teams will give the next presentation in the KIPCOR Peace Lecture Series at Bethel College.

KIPCOR is the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Mark Frey will speak Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center on “Christian Peacemaker Teams – A Growing Experiment in Front-lines Peacemaking.”

Frey grew up Mennonite in North Newton, where he graduated from Bethel College in 1993 with a B.A. in physics. From 1993-95, he worked in Boulder, Colo., directing a start-up Victim Offender Reconciliation Program and working on international issues at the Rocky Mountain Peace Center.

Frey joined Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in 1997 as a full-time worker and served on CPT’s Hebron project for two-and-a-half years and with CPT’s Chiapas, Mexico, project for nearly a year. Between 2000 and 2001, he completed a master’s degree in international peace studies at Notre Dame University. He then joined CPT’s Staff Support Team in the Chicago office, where he currently serves as administrative coordinator.

In his Peace Lecture presentation, Frey intends “to share the basic work of Christian peacemaking teams, sharing inspiring stories as well as the challenges of active peacemaking,” he said. He also hopes to leave plenty of time for question and answer.

Frey is married to another long-time CPT worker, Sara Reschly, and they have a 3½ -year-old son, Elias. Reschly will speak in Bethel College’s convocation Monday, March 9, on the topic of women, conflict and rape in the Congo.

Convocation also takes place in Krehbiel Auditorium, at 11 a.m. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

The KIPCOR Peace Lecture Series, now in its 36th year, provides a forum to address issues of peace, justice and conflict resolution in the world and at home. The series has included Nobel laureates, scholars, performing artists, activists and visionaries. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public. The series receives support from the J. Winfield Fretz Lecture Fund and the Peace with Justice Task Force of the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church, both of which support speakers and events on peace and justice, and from individual contributions to KIPCOR.

For information on Mark Frey’s presentation at Bethel College, call KIPCOR at 316-284-5217 or e-mail kipcor@bethelks.edu.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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