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Peace, justice sessions include LO pastor

Pastor Steve Sprecher of Lake Oswego's United Methodist Church recently returned from New York and Washington, D.C., where he helped lead meetings on Peace and Justice, a division of the church's global Social Justice program.

In accordance with the UMC's global perspective, the group took several actions with strong statements calling for action in Darfur, condemning North Korea's testing, and calling for peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula, all based in biblical and theological principles.

A grant was provided for another high-level effort to stop the killings of church and human rights workers in the Philippines; and 11 resolutions were prepared for the UMC General Conference of 2008 on subjects from child soldiers to the global debt crisis.

Lake Oswego Methodist Church is located at 1855 South Shore Drive in Lake Oswego.