Title: 2nd International Assembly of Christians in Solidarity with the Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian Peoples brochure
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On October 6th through 9th of this year the Second Intemational Assembly of
Christians from Asia, Africa, Europe and America will gather together at Laval Uni-
versity in Quebec City, Canada, to take an historic step toward peace in Indochina.

Believing that mankind can no longer play the game of balancing the oppressed
and the oppressor on the same scale, Christians from thirty nations, in accord with the
Gospel message of liberation, will pool their intellectual and spiritual resources to
determine actions that can be taken in unity with one another to sustain the coura-
geous Indochinese people in their struggle for independence, and to give hope and
encouragement to those people everywhere who yearn to be free.



An important delegation from the churches of both North and South Vietnam,
including perhaps a North Vietnamese Catholic bishop, will travel for the first time
to North America to meet in brotherhood with representatives of world Christianity.

The First International Assembly of Christians was held in Paris, France, in May
1971. At that time three North Vietnamese Christians met with two hundred Christians
from other parts of the world, including a large delegation of Americans. One of the
most moving moments of that assembly was an ecumenical worship service led by
North and South Vietnamese and American clergymen, bearing witness to a common
belief in brotherhood.



The results of that First Assembly were far reaching. It gave Americans an
opportunity to learn firsthand about the condition of the Church in North Vietnam.
The American Committee has formed a permanent liaison between Vietnamese and
American Christians. It has obtained and translated news and documents concerning
the Church in Indochina; and it has distributed documents about the Church in North
and South Vietnam to hundreds of organizations and concerned individuals.

The North American edition of IDOC International published an entire issue
containing documents about North Vietnam and part of another issue given to Com-
mittee findings. In a letter addressed to The American Committee, IDOC stated, "We
feel that what you are doing is absolutely crucial in raising the consciousness of
church people in the United States."






In North Vietnam the importance of the decisions taken in Paris was apparent
from the numerous meetings held around the country where Father Vinh and Father
Bien, two priests present in Paris, spoke at times to over one thousand people.
"Wherever we went," they write, "we organized three-day work sessions with the
priests of the area, without accounting for the days spent working with the Christian
laity. Everyone is enthusiastic and full of pride . We sincerely thank the religious
organizations throughout the world, the national episcopates, the clergymen and the
Christians of the United States who have actively helped our struggle."

In South Vietnam, although Christian representatives of peace movements were
refused visas to attend the assembly, the different organizations as well as the large
newspapers which speak for peace in South Vietnam widely spread the final
declarations and resolutions of the Assembly together with discussion and commentary.



A letter addressed to Pope Paul VI by the North Vietnamese delegation was
widely printed in the international press. The first positive sign from Rome was the
directive given by the Pope to Catholic distribution channels not to forget North Viet-
nam in the sending of gifts, medicine and food.

The Second International Assembly of Christians to be held in Canada hopes to
reinforce and further the work begun at the First Assembly. By giving representation
to still more Christian movements around the world and by bringing to the American
continent a large and significant delegation from Vietnam, it seeks to directly involve
clergymen and laity from the countries immediately concerned in an historic reunion
of solidarity and reconciliation.

Through careful analyses and scientific approaches, the three days of work will
focus on determining the requirements for a just and lasting peace.



Like the first Assembly it will be a beautiful coming together of people. The
uniqueness of this assembly will lie in its simplicity and sincerity. It will not be a
meeting solely of diplomats and dignitaries, though dignitaries will be present. It
will be instead a meeting of informed, intelligent people of diverse backgrounds and
experiences studying, worshipping, learning, working and talking together.

It is an action event geared to truth, justice and brotherhood affecting all men of
good will. In the words of the First Assembly it is a continuous action which recognizes
that "at a time when, in the United States, more and more people are courageously
opposed to the continuation of the war, when in the countries of Indochina an
increasing number of Christians are actively participating in the national struggles of
their peoples, Christians throughout the world should demonstrate their solidarity
with these movements, for Christ is always present wherever men and women are
humiliated, tortured and massacred, wherever men and women fight for justice."











/ International Assembly Of Christians

In Solidarity With The Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian Peoples


MINNESOTA CHURCH CENTER. 122 WEST FRANKLIN

1584 Pavillion Lemieux, Cite Universitaire, Quebec, 10, Canada

49 Rue de Faubourg Poissonniere, Paris 9, France


MINNEAPOLIS. MINN. 55404


CO-ORDINATORS
U.S.A.:
REV. HARRY BURY
Case Western Reserve University
MARIANNE HAMILTON
Catholic Commission of Inquiry
MARY AND WILLIAM O'BRIEN
Assembly Committee
PARIS SECRETARIAT:
BERNARD SCHREINER
Temoignage Cretien
REV. NGUYEN-DINH-THI



CANADA:
REV. TRAN-TAM-TINH
Laval University
REV. RICHARD GUIMOND, O.P.
Laval University
PROFESSOR GHISLAIN ROY
Level University
SPONSORS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS
REV. MATTHEW AUDIBERT, O.F.M.
St. Francis College
REV. DANIEL BERRIGAN, S.J.
REV. FRANK BONNIKE
President, National Federation Priests' Council
JEAN CALDWELL
Ohio Episcopal Peace Task Force
DR. ELSA CHANEY
Fordham University
PROFESSOR NOAM CHOMSKY
M.I.T.
RUTH GAGE COLBY
Women's International League for
for Peace and Freedom
TOM CORNELL
Catholic Peace Fellowship
GERHARD A. ELSTON
Director of Indochina Affairs,
National Council of Churches
REV. RICHARD FERNANDEZ
Clergy and Laymen Concerned
KEVIN GLOVER
New England Catholic Peace Fellowship
DR. GAYRAUD S. WILMORE, JR.
Division of Church and Race,
United Presbyterian Church


REV. RICHARD GRIFFIN, S.J.
Chaplain, Harvard University
BISHOP THOMAS J. GUMBLETON
Vicar General, Archdiocese of Detroit
CLARIE COLLINS HARVEY
President Church Women United
PROFESSOR DIANE JOHNSTONE
People's Commission of Inquiry
MARY KENYATTA
United Presbyterian Church
MOHAMMED KENYATTA
Philadelphia Black Economic Conference
PATRICIA LEWICKI
Massachuseetts Catholic Peace Committee
DON LUCE
Washington, D.C.
MARY MAFFEO
Tempe, Arizona Peace Center
JOANNE O'BRIEN
DAVID O'BRIEN
Holy Cross College
DR. ROSEMARY REUTHER
Howard University
JACK SMITH
Vietnam Veterans Against the War
LUCILLE AND ROBERT SPEETER
Hopkins, Minnesota
REV. MAX SURJADINATA
Bangor, Maine
SISTER MARY LUKE TOBIN, S.L.
Clergy and Laymen Concerned
CHRIS A. WAGNER, S.M.
Cleveland Catholic Archdiocese
DR. GORDON ZAHN
University of Massachusetts
REV. WILLIAM J. CANTWELL, C.S.P.
Newman Chaplain
Morgantown, Va.
REV. MATTHEW FOX, O.P.
Author
PAUL AND NANCY FRAZIER
Catholic Peace Fellowship
REV. J. EDWARD GUINAN, C.S.P.
Comm. for Creative Nonviolence
Washington, D.C.
DALE HAMMERSCHMIDT, M.D.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
REV. WILLIAM J. HUTCHISON, S.J.
St. Louis University


EDWARD W. JOHNSON
Fellowship of Reconciliation
DOREEN MARIE O'NEILL
Vietnam Action Committee
Arlington, Mass.
WILLIAM B. SWEENEY, JR.
World Justice and Peace Comm.
Providence, Rhode Island
ROBERT THADEN
United Theological Seminary
New Brighton, Minnesota
RICHARD WIERWILLE
United Theological Seminary
New Brigton, Minnesota
SALLY DE VAY
Village Haven, New York City
SISTER HELEN VOLKOMENER
Women's Division, United Methodist Church
MARGARET SHANNON
Executive Director, Church Women United
MR. AND MRS. REED SMITH
Waterbury, Connecticutt
REV. JOHN B. SHEERIN, C.S.P.
Editor, New Catholic World
EDWARD FLEEGE
Duluth,Minnesota
SISTER SHARON ALTENDORF, P.B.V.M.
Grand Forks, North Dakota
REV. ROBERT WILLIS, S.J.
La Jolla, California
JOSEPH SELVAGGIO
Advocate Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota
WAYNE BRASS
United Theological Seminary
New Brighton, Minnesota
REV. JAMES BARNETT, O.P.
Clergy and Laymen Concerned, Houston, Texas
MR. AND MRS. THOMAS A. DI NANNI
Camelot Communications, Minneapolis, Minn.
GLEN LOWELL BOATMAN
United Methodist Church
SHARON WALSH
MIA Wife, Families for Immediate Release

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