Former POW Coffee
kicks off lectures

Star-Bulletin staff

Retired Navy Capt. Gerald Coffee, a prisoner of war for seven years during the Vietnam War, will kick off a seven-part lecture series, "Just War, Just Peace: Where Is God?"

The Learning Tree forum sponsored by Central Union Church will begin tomorrow with Coffee speaking on "Faith: Beyond Survival." The talk will begin at 9:45 a.m. in Parish Hall at 1660 S. Beretania St.

Future lectures will be at 9:45 a.m. in the church's Women's Building. All are free and open to the public, with child care available. The sessions will include:

>> Jan. 12: "Cain's Shadow: The History of War," by University of Hawaii sociology professor Peter Manicas, author of "War and Democracy."

>> Jan. 19: "Invoking God: The Theology of War," by UH social sciences professor Brien Hallett, acting director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace.

>> Jan. 26: "Counting the Cost: The Strategies of War," by retired Marine Gen. Hank Stackpole, president of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Joint Pacific Command.

>> Feb. 2: "Swords into Plowshares: The Strategies of Peace," by UH social sciences professor Ron McCarthy and peace activist Ruth Hsu, UH English professor.

>> Feb. 16: "Hawks, Doves and Owls," by John Craven, formerly of the Navy Polaris program, and Jerry Chang, president of Humanity United Globally.

>> Feb. 23: "The Peaceable Kingdom: The Politics of Peace," by Majid Tehranian, director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and a Muslim pacifist.

For information, call 941-0957.

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