Social Concerns & Peacemaking

Thank you to everyone who attended our March 21 Responding to Bullying Workshop. We espcially thank our speakers:

Mel Duncan, co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), is excited about returning to Memorial Presbyterian Church and to Midland. While here he will connect the value of NP’s expertise in responding to international forms of bullying with Midland’s expertise in dealing with local forms of bullying. In 2010 Mel accepted the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Peace Seeker award on behalf of NP, a international non-governmental organization that is helping transform the world’s response to conflict. He has worked extensively with the UN regarding unarmed civilian protection. His stop in Midland will follow time spent in South Sudan where NP has done fieldwork since 2010.

Jackie Warner is a Youth Intervention Specialist with youth in Midland County and for the last 23 years has worked for Community Mental Health for Central Michigan.

Kandis Pritchett is Assistant Principal of Midland High School. She brings a wealth of experience from elementary school counselor to special education classroom, as well as serving on the Midland County Youth Violence Prevention Committee.

Karen Robertson serves as a clinician at Partners in Change. She has worked in a multinational corporation in communications and as a consultant in the areas of leadership communication, organizational effectiveness and change management. In 2014 she also completed Michigan State requirements to serve as a court appointed civil and domestic mediator. Karen has a personal interest in reducing bullying and promoting peace: she is a direct descendant of a Swiss national hero, St. Nicholas Von Flue (aka Bruder Klaus), who was revered for his insight and wisdom in resolving disputes across 15th century Europe.

Your Social Concerns and Peacemaking Committee: Mary Ann Gilbert (chair), Barbara Barnes Krueger, Betty Chenoweth, Marcia Leach, Ann Rothman, Randi Kawakita.