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Annual Conference, AFRECS


Annual Conference
Marriott Hotel
West Des Moines, Iowa
October 21-23, 2016

“We need constructive support from our Sudanese brothers and sisters outside the country as we seek to
restore peace and rebuild trust in South Sudan.”
-- Rev. Peter Gai, Chairman, South Sudan Council of Churches

Conference Materials

Conference Agenda

Speaker Biographies

Reading List

Remarks by conference presenters/attendees

Ambassador Dane F. Smith

The Honorable James Leach

The Rev. Canon Dr. Phil Groves

The Rev. Shirley Smith-Graham

The Rev. Ranjit Mathews

Program Information

This conference will bring together Sudanese from the Diaspora and from South Sudan with American friends of South Sudan and Sudan to work for peace and reconciliation in the world's youngest nation.

We will ask ourselves:

  • Where are the opportunities to support the Diaspora in the USA in its
    efforts for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan?
  • How can the friendship of Americans contribute to peacemaking in South Sudan and Sudan?

You can expect:

  • Inspiring stories of how partnerships of South Sudanese and Americans, even during these last thirty months of conflict, are working together for positive outcomes
  • News of South Sudan from African guests
  • Opportunities to meet and work for peace with friends dedicated to building a stable nation in South Sudan
  • Workshops led by experts with experience in mediation and peace building
  • Learn what the Commission for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation and the Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission are doing to train and enable peace mobilizers in South Sudan
  • Hear from Sudanese leaders about their challenges, learnings and successes as the work to build reconciling congregations in the American Diaspora
  • Learn ways the US government is seeking to build peace, and what the church is doing to speak for peace to governments

Distinguished Guests:

  • His Excellency Pa'gan Amum Okiech: former Secretary General of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement, signer of the Transitional Peace Agreement, August 2015
  • Dr. James A. Leach:  US Representative, Iowa 1st Congressional District, 1997-2007; retired Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Dr. Dane F. Smith: former Senior Advisor in the Office of the US Special Envoy for Darfur, Deputy Chief of Mission in Sudan, and Ambassador to Guinea and Senegal
  • The Rev. Phil Groves, Continuing Indaba Project, Secretariat of the Anglican Communion, London