Sculptor and author Charles McCollough will lead a Prepare for Peace program Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at First Church UCC, 8 Court St. He also will speak at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St. The events serve as a prelude to the upcoming Peace Weekend.


Author of eight books and formerly policy advocate in Washington, D.C., for the United Church of Christ, McCollough illustrates practicing Jesus’ words with his art and teaching. “Jesus: The Non-violent Radical” names McCollough’s new book and the theme of his sculptures. The books, DVDs, and art pieces will be for sale at both venues.

As artist-in-residence at five national seminaries, the Rev. Dr. McCollough, who presents his work with his wife Carol, pits the sayings of Jesus against the brutal occupation of the Roman Empire. Justice and peace are social and political realities, not otherworldly abstractions, in the world that Jesus pictures. McCollough, in powerful images, retells Jesus’ vision. The McColloughs live in a recycled solar powered old farmhouse in Hopewell, N.J.

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