Peace activist to speak in Hagerstown

October 12, 2009

The Washington County Community Meditation Center will celebrate International Conflict Resolution Day on Thursday, Oct. 15.

The special guest speaker of the evening will be Colman McCarthy, a journalist, teacher, lecturer, pacifist, self-proclaimed anarchist and long-time peace activist.

The topic of McCarthy's address will be "Peacemaking in the Home, School, and Community."

This event is free and open to the public. WCCMC is holding an art and writing contest for public, private, and home-school students in conjunction with this event. The theme is focusing on "The Meaning of Peace." Prizes will be awarded. 

McCarthy was a columnist for the Washington Post from 1969 to 1997. He wrote about a range of controversial topics, including politics, religion, health, school bullying, poverty and peacemaking.


In 1985, he founded the Center for Teaching Peace, a nonprofit organization that helps schools develop academic programs in peace studies.

His work has been published in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Progressive, Atlantic Monthly and The Readers Digest. Since 1999, he has written bi-weekly columns for The National Catholic Reporter.

Provided at no cost to Washington County residents, the WCCMC offers professionally trained, neutral meditators to help those who are involved in a dispute to communicate effectively, understand each other, and if possible, reach agreements.

For more information about the contest or this event please contact WCCMC at 301-665-9262.

If you go ...

WHAT: Colman McCarthy is keynote speakers at the third annual celebration of International Conflict Resolution Day

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15

WHERE: Northern Middle School, 701 Northern Ave., Hagerstown

COST: This event is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Call Valerie or Monica at Washington County Community Meditation Center at 301-665-9262 or e-mail

MORE: Prizes will be awarded in an art and writing contest for local kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

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