September 10, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Mark C. Johnson, executive director of The Fellowship of Reconciliation, will give the talk, "Thoughts on Peace," Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored with the Community Alliance for Respect and Equality (CARE).

Johnson has a long history in peace and social justice issues and extensive experience in the Middle East. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he fulfilled his alternative service in Beirut as a college instructor and lived in Lebanon for six years.

He has worked for many years for the YMCA at the local and national levels, and has an impressive background in administrative and development work.

Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in English and history from the College of Wooster (Ohio), a master's in philosophy from Columbia University, and a doctorate in sociology from Columbia. He is an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church and a member of First United Methodist Church/Chicago Temple.

Founded in 1915, the Fellowship of Reconciliation is the nation's largest and oldest interfaith peace and justice organization. It has been a leader in the nonviolent struggles for civil rights, civil liberties, and international solidarity. FOR works to build the "beloved community" of justice, peace, and freedom that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned.

Johnson's talk is part of the Bertrand Library exhibition of photographs by John Noltner. "A Peace of My Mind" explores the meaning of peace through the portraits and personal stories of 52 diverse subjects including Holocaust survivors and the homeless, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive, as well as artists, volunteers, politicians and business leaders. The exhibit may be viewed through Oct. 13 on the second floor of the library during library hours.

The next event in the series is the International Peace Day Celebration Peace Vigil, to be held Friday, Sept. 21, at noon at the Hufnagle Park Peace Pole in Lewisburg.

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