FARMINGTON – Lynn Ellis, state coordinator of the Maine Campaign for a Department of Peace, will speak at the Thursday, March 16, meeting of the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry. The 7 p.m. meeting, open to the public, will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, Farmington Falls Road.

The Maine Campaign for a Department of Peace is working with the national organization, the Peace Alliance, in its effort to support federal legislation to create a cabinet-level Department of Peace and Nonviolence in the executive branch of the federal government.

The department would monitor and analyze causes of international violence – look for diplomatic solutions and make policy recommendations on all matters relating to conditions of peace. Domestically, the department would address the escalating problem of violence and abuse in families, schools and communities in the United States.

Ellis will speak about the bill recently introduced into the 109th Congress and provide information about how people in Maine can participate in efforts for passage.

She will present a 20-minute video conversation with Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich discussing the idea of a Department of Peace with Walter Cronkite, former news commentator and peace activist.

For more information about the Maine Campaign for a Department of Peace, contact Ellis at 779-7351 or Shelley Schweizer at 879-0278 or visit the Web site at

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