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'International peacemaker' from Myanmar to talk about power of nonviolence

A minister of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar will visit Western New York next month as an "international peacemaker," selected by the Presbyterian Church to attest to the power of nonviolence.

First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo will host a public forum from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 featuring the Rev. Thang Van Lian, Adela Smehlik from Journey’s End Refugee Services and Isok Kim from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. It will be moderated by the Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Hughes of First Church.

Thang will make other presentations during his visit, including at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at North Presbyterian Church, in Amherst; 6 p.m. Oct. 3 dinner and presentation at Lewiston Presbyterian Church; and 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown.

He will discuss the Rohingya crisis, the current civil war on ethnic minority groups, the silence of the Myanmar churches, and what a faithful response might look like to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar today.

To attend one or more of these sessions, register at

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