Serving fair trade coffee, tea, and speakers to stir the social conscience

Fair Trade Coffee & Teas served from 6:30-7:00pm

Speaker from 7:00-8:00pm

Turning Swords into Plowshares: Military veterans promoting peace and opposing war

Barry Ladendorf, Veterans for Peace


Having dutifully served their nation, they affirm their greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end they work, with others to increase public awareness of the costs of war, to restrain their government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations, to end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons, to seek justice for veterans and victims of war and to abolish war as an instrument of national policy. Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace. 

“And what does the Lord require of you?”:The ministry of justice and reconciliation in relation to the missio Dei and the missio ekklesia

Ron Benefiel, Dean, PLNU’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry

In collaboration with PLNU’s annual Wiley Lecture Series

“He has shown you, o mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6.8).  With a Ph.D. in Sociology from USC, experience as pastor of two multi-cultural, multi-congregational urban churches (LA First Church of the Nazarene and Mid-City Church of the Nazarene in City Heights, San Diego), former service as professor of sociology at PLNU, president of Nazarene Theological Seminary and a global leader/voice in the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Benefiel will explore the nature of justice and its relationship to being Christian in the world and for the world.  A native of southern California, Dr. Ron Benefiel has recently returned to serve as Dean of PLNU’s School of Theology and Christian ministry. 

Please visit our web page for more information about this and other H. Orton Wiley Lecture Series events.

Environmental (In)Justice Where the River Meets the Sea: The Shared Ecology of the Tijuana River

Dr. Jeff Crooks, Research Coordinator at Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Dan Murphy, Surfrider Foundation 


Dan Murphy is a native San Diegan and has been a member of Surfrider for fifteen years and an activist for ten years. Dan was on the Surfrider Executive Committee from 2008 to 2010 holding a position of Vice Chair, No Border Sewage Campaign Manager and Blue Water Task Force Site Captain for the TJ River Watershed. He is now on the Surfrider San Diego Advisory Committee and still holds the position of NoBS  campaign manager. Dan grew up learning to swim, body surf and surf in Imperial Beach and Coronado beaches. Preserving and Protecting the pristine nature and beauty of the TJ River Valley and the beaches in IB and northern Baja are very important to him.