Episode 74 :: Glen Gersmehl, Lutheran Peace Fellowship


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LPF is a community of believers who support one another in our efforts to bring about God’s Shalom in our lives, congregations, communities, nation and world, responding to the gospel call to be peacemakers and justice seekers.

For much more information, visit LutheranPeace.org.

Glen Gersmehl’s efforts for justice and peace were shaped by seven year’s work with older people in NY City’s highest poverty and crime areas. It led to his extensive involvement in organizing and advocacy efforts.  Another focus for Glen has been sharing what he has learned about organizing and social change.  He has led 800 workshops and taught nine college courses on peace and justice concerns; he also directed a university peace studies program, an in-service teacher training program for 60 schools, and the nation’s largest community leadership training center.  Among many widely-admired educational resources he has developed are participatory computer-based activities used by a million people.  Such peacemaking skills and experience led to his being chosen as the U.S. delegate to international meetings held in India to plan the UNDecade for Peace, the largest peace education program in UN history.

Articles by Glen or about his work have appeared in scores of publications from The NY Times to the Peace Chronicle, and his numerous media appearances include interviews on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and many TV news programs.  He serves as national coordinator for Lutheran Peace Fellowship and the Peace & Justice Resource Center, and received a community service award for his conflict prevention work with the homeless. Glen has presented testimony or worked as a consultant for 20 government agencies and legislative committees, and has been asked to take on leadership roles in projects ranging from the arms trade (Federation of American Scientists) and nuclear proliferation (United Nations), to chemical weapons (U.S. Senate) and social service policy (a major White House conference).


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  • Episode 71 — Jessie Schiele  // Jerusalem Farm is an intentional community in Kansas City, MO. Built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity and guided by the Gospel Message and Catholic Social Teaching, they strive to transform their lives and those around them through service retreat experiences, sustainable living and home repair. Jerusalem Farm on Facebook // Web site // Worth Revisiting: Shane Claiborne of The Simple Way Community, Philadelphia, with his mentor Tony Campolo on Tony & Shane UnCut, SLW! Podcast #20-27. // Fellowship for Intentional Community, #49
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