October 15, 2017 – 3:00 pm Church Anniversary & Howard Thurman Convocation
73rd Church Anniversary, and
22nd Annual Howard Thurman Convocation
(Note: There will be not 11 am service on this day.)
This year’s Howard Thurman Award Recipients:
Jan and David Hartsough
Jan Hartsough grew up in Seattle, and her first leap into the wider world was a summer in Chicago living and working in communities of color – a totally new experience for her. Following college she joined the Peace Corps and spent two years living and working in a small Muslim village in (then) West Pakistan as part of a cooperative farming project. These two experiences confirmed her desire to be out in the world offering to help people however she could. Jan has been a teacher, a trainer and a community organizer as well as a wife for 50 years. She is a mother of two and grandmother of four.
Jan consider herself to be a practitioner of Gandhi’s “constructive program” – trying to find solutions to immediate problems around me. She spent about twenty years in the Bay Area organizing around food security issues – first with farmers markets (1981 founded the Heart of the City Market at UN Plaza) and later launching a giant food-buying organization called SHARE. Fellowship Church was one of the SHARE distribution sites here in the City, helping to meet the need for affordable food through a self-help approach.
In the 21st century she helped organize the Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI) , which trains grassroots women in East Africa so that they can teach and guide fellow villagers in how to access safe clean water – through building rainwater harvesting systems, bio-sand filters for schools and health clinics, and simple latrines everywhere. GWWI is now run by Kenyan and Ugandan women, and Jan has “retired.” Her retirement gives her time to join David, her husband, in activities promoting peace in the world, like citizen diplomacy trips and protest against nuclear weapons and the use of drones. Jan and David are also war tax resisters, and believe strongly in “living simply” in community.
David Hartsough is a lifelong peace activist and author of his memoir, Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. Hartsough has organized many peace efforts and worked with nonviolent movements in such far-flung locations as the Soviet Union, Nicaragua, Philippines, and Kosovo. In 1987 Hartsough co-founded the Nuremberg Actions blocking munitions trains carrying munitions to Central America. In 2002 he co-founded the Nonviolent Peaceforce which has peace teams with over 200 nonviolent peacemakers/peacekeepers working in conflict areas around the world. Hartsough also co-founded World Beyond War, a global movement to end all war. Hartsough has been arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience in his work for peace and justice more than 150 times, most recently at the Livermore nuclear weapons laboratory. His first arrest was for taking part in the first “Sit-ins” in Maryland and Virginia in 1960 with other students from Howard University. Hartsough has recently returned from Russia as part of a citizen’s diplomacy delegation hoping to help bring the US and Russia back from the brink of nuclear war. Hartsough is a Quaker, a father and grandfather and lives in San Francisco, CA. David first met and was deeply inspired by Howard Thurman in 1963 where Thurman led the morning meditations at the Friends United Meeting in Richmond, Indiana.
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