2018 Retreat

 What Happened at Our 2018 Retreat



DANVILLE, CALIFORNIA – February 5 & 6, 2018

Dr. Stephen Zunes

Dr. Stephen Zunes

Dr. Stephen Zunes talks focused on the implications of American foreign policy on the church. Dr. Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action,

The retreat began with Registration at 11:30 AM on Tuesday February 5 followed by lunch and concluded after lunch on Wednesday February 6. 

Professor Zunes serves as a senior policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and a contributing editor of Tikkun. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, Open Democracy, Common Dreams, Truthout, Foreign Policy in Focus, and The Progressive websites, and serves as a foreign affairs columnist for the National Catholic Reporter.

Professor Zunes has made frequent visits to the Middle East and other conflict regions, where he has met with top government officials, academics, journalists and opposition leaders. His op-ed columns have appeared in major daily newspapers on four continents. In addition, he is a frequent guest on National Public Radio, and many other media outlets for analysis on breaking world events. More about Dr. Zunes is available at http://stephenzunes.org.

Our Music Leadership for the Retreat, was Jim & Jean Strathdee
Jim and Jean Strathdees

Jim and Jean Strathdee

Internationally honored hymn and song writers, worship leaders and concert artists, Jim & Jean Strathdee shared the power and sensitivity of their music with thousands of people each year. Their songs are a musical offering of hope and encouragement for all people, bringing a message of compassion, justice and healing and caring for the earth.

The Strathdees have a special gift for encouraging people to sing with them. Much of the music they write and perform is designed for congregational song. They also love to work with local singers to create a choir for their events. The Strathdees travel widely doing concerts, leading worship celebrations, workshops and retreats. They also serve as worship, song and choral leaders for many conference events.