Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Peace with Justice Week Activities Honor Freedom from Fear

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Peace with Justice Week Activities Honor Freedom from Fear

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Sandra Hoy recalls a winter day last year when she was walking her granddaughter around the Four Freedoms Monument on Evansville's Downtown Riverfront. It was in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, she said. And she was focused on the subject of gun violence and its terrible toll in America as she pondered a theme for the 2013 Peace with Justice Week activities at Zion United Church of Christ in Henderson, Ky., scheduled Oct. 18 to 20.

"We were walking around (the four columns) when we came upon the column representing Freedom from Fear," she said.

The Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear were outlined by Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1941 State of the Union speech as human rights that should be supported globally.

It was something of an epiphany, Hoy said, giving her a focus for developing programs for the three-day weekend which she and her husband, the Rev. Phil Hoy, have been instrumental in planning for the past several years.

Since that day in Downtown Evansville, "Our 22nd annual Peace with Justice Weekend has expanded (from gun violence only) to an exploration of the fears that cripple us as a people and a nation," Sandra Hoy said.

"In addition to the kind of fear that inspired the rush on gun purchases when the National Rifle Association convinced people that the Obama administration was going to take away their guns, we will discuss

"Fear of 'the other' or fear of difference (which encompasses fear of immigrants, fear of other races, fear of other religions, fear of people with a different sexual orientation); fear of change; fear of scarcity; fear of terrorism; fear of government; fear of anything that challenges our beliefs... As Phil says, fear feeds on fear. All of these fears feed on each other."

So Freedom from Fear is the theme for this year's Peace with Justice Week and to highlight the subject, Zion UCC will be hosting Mari Castellanos as keynote speaker.

Castellanos is the United Church of Christ Policy Advocate for Domestic Issues at the Washington, D. C., office of Justice and Witness Ministries, where she has worked for the past eight years.

Of fear itself, Castellanos said, "I have worked for the United Church of Christ office on Capitol Hill for more than 10 years (and) I know what fear is all about: I experience it every time the Congress comes back from recess."

Her keynote address will be offered during the 12:30 p.m. luncheon on Oct. 19 and she will be available later that day for informal conversations during the 6 p.m. supper, when she will be joined by special guests Fran and Ann Frellick, formerly of Evansville, who will speak on 15 years of Heal the Land prayer services they lead following each homicide in their Fort Wayne community.

Heal the Land is a project sponsored by the Peace with Justice Commission of Allen County, Ind,, said Ann Frellick, noting that when they began the prayer services in 1996, Fort Wayne had a higher homicide rate per capita than Chicago. …

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