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Nov. 17, 2004

Account Of Christian Peacemaker Teams In Iraq Will Be Read Nov. 30 On WSUI

Peggy Gish will read from "Iraq: A Journey into Hope and Peace," the account of her experience co-coordinating Christian Peacemaker Teams, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

Labor activist Staughton Lynd wrote, "By her presence, Peggy Gish accompanied the people of Iraq in their fear before the United States' invasion and in their suffering during and after it."

Christian Peacemaker Teams is an initiative of the historic peace churches (Mennonites, Church of the Brethren and Quakers) with support and membership from a range of Catholic and Protestant denominations.

Gish is a mother, grandmother, farmer and long-time peace and social justice activist from southern Ohio. She has served as a social worker in rural Indiana and inner city Chicago, as co-director of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, as a conflict management trainer and a community mediator.

Gish is a member of New Covenant Fellowship, a communal church affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Since 1995, Gish has been involved with Christian Peacemaker Teams in the West Bank and Iraq. Gish coordinates the Iraq project of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, which has been working on the ground there since October 2002, and she has focused on the issue of detainees since July 2003.

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