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Embodying Reconciliation

A presentation by and dialogue with William Wilkinson marking the conclusion of our 200th Anniversary Year Programs

Co-Sponsored by The Wood Library

2:00, Sunday, November 12th at Wood Library, 134 North Main Street, Canandaigua

free and open to the public


Recalling Martin Luther King’s “Where Do We Go From Here?”, William Wilkinson will look back to the peace making and justice seeking traditions, Sankofa, which together lead us to the contemporary challenge of fostering reconciliation. The present offers hope for humanists and other people of faith to work collectively for social transformation, and the intersectional movements for social inclusion, Black Lives, health for all, social equity, and climate justice call us to a renewal of hope-rooted organizing.


William H. Wilkinson, who will be introduced by Wilma Campbell of Rochester Friends Meeting, brings a wealth of experience in learning and teaching across the decades and several continents. Both an ordained minister and a medical doctor, he served as a member of the United Kingdom delegation to the Congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War at the time that organization received the Nobel Peace Prize. Having trained with, among others, the American Friends Service Committee and the Mennonite Conflict Resolution Center, and served with many faith communities in efforts to increase peace and racial justice, Wilkinson is the immediate past president of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches, and currently serves as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Medina, NY.

Join us for an exciting, informative and challenging program. There will be opportunity for dialogue following the presentation, and refreshments will be served.

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