Friday, September 23-Wednesday, September 28

Posted September 13, 2022

Photo Credit: Albin Hillert/WCC

THE 2022 PEACEMAKER CONTINGENT arrives in the United States this month and will be the first to make in-person visits since the global pandemic prompted the PC(USA) to adopt a virtual format two years ago. During September and October, peacemakers from around the world will visit PC(USA) churches and mid councils to speak about issues facing their countries.

We will be visited by Mania (pronounced Mine-a) Talia who is a resident of the small island nation, Tuvalu, which is located roughly halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Tuvala is endangered by rising sea levels and global pollution. Mania will help the members of Beaver-Butler Presbytery to better understand the threats posed by climate change.

In his country Mania has worked with various non-governmental organizations, including Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (the Tuvalu Christian Church), on environmental topics and was instrumental in securing funding for an early warning system to communicate during cyclones. He also collaborates on the regional level to make the concerns of Tuvalu heard and will be part of the drafting of a statement for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27).

Mania will be using videos to help show what he calls the “realities of life” for people in Tuvalu, which is located in the Polynesian subregion of Oceania in the Pacific Ocean.

“I want (to) showcase Tuvalu and the Pacific on the issue of climate change and see how our geopolitical neighbors will respond to our call for peace, love and justice,” Maina said via questionnaire. “Moreover, I want to build (a) network with PC(USA) and its members.”

“By sharing stories of their work and witness, the peacemakers help us understand peace and justice concerns around the world and provide insights that can inspire us to greater faithfulness,” according to the program’s website. “Their visits broaden our sense of God’s inclusive family and help equip us to build a culture of peace and nonviolence for all God’s children.”

Mania will lead adult education at Calvin Church in Zelienople on Sunday, September 25 at 10 a.m.

On Monday, September 26, Old Union will serve a meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation featuring Maina. Maina will be attending our Presbytery Meeting on Tuesday, September 27 which will be hosted by Mars United Church in Mars.

Please pray for travel mercies for all of the peacemakers. We look forward to welcoming Mania to our region and hearing his important message.

Peacemaker Schedule

Sunday, September 25

10 a.m.–Leading Adult Education Class
Calvin Church
415 East Grandview Avenue, Zelienople

7 p.m.—Presentation
Crestview Church
210 Kline Avenue, Callery

Monday, September 26

5:30 p.m.–Meal followed by presentation
Old Union Church
200 Union Church Road, Mars

Tuesday, September 27

4 p.m.—Presbytery Meeting presentation
Mars United Church
232 Crowe Avenue, Mars