No2Torture, a faith-based grassroots network against torture, will hold a gathering this weekend together with The National Religious Campaign against Torture (NRCAT), a group organized by the Rev. George Hunsinger, a Presbyterian minister and theology professor at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Richard Mouw, the president of Fuller Seminary, will be the keynoter of the Jan.19-20 event.
As people of faith and patriots we must say No! to torture, says Carol Wickersham, No2Torture Coordinator. This work needs to take place at the grassroots in congregations and communities across the country. In Los Angeles we will gather to strategize, network and equip ourselves to speak truth about torture, so that we might pursue justice, healing and true global security.
The gathering at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles will discuss, pray, worship, and strategize together to witness to God. Through the conference, No2Torture will continue to speak through the growing concerns of Presbyterians across the theological spectrum through dialogue, study, advocacy, and action.
Other notable guests include:
- Richard Abel, Law Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
- Philip Carter, former U.S. Army Officer, attorney and author
- George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
- Rick Ufford-Chase, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Both No2Torture and NRCAT were formed in response to allegations of human rights abuses at U.S. detention centers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.