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The Red Door to Peace: Jerusalem Peacebuilders Presents an Evening of Music & Conversation – July 24 @ 6 PM

The Red Door to Peace: Jerusalem Peacebuilders Presents an Evening of Music & Conversation – July 24 @ 6 PM


WILMINGTON, Vermont – On Tuesday, July 24, the Red Door Concert series at St. Mary’s in the Mountains, 13 E. Main Street, Wilmington, will offer a unique opportunity to learn about peacebuilding among Israeli, Palestinian and American teens, while listening to a variety of music geared to the occasion. Participants in the with Jerusalem Peacebuilders (JPB) Leadership Institute will discuss their lives, and how their experience this summer affects how they view their neighbors. Music, poetry, and photographs will be part of our event. Attendance is by freewill donation. All proceeds will be donated to JPB and its programs.

JPB is an interfaith, non-profit organization with a mission to create a better future for humanity across religions, cultures, and nationalities. Integral to its work is the belief that “the future of Jerusalem is the future of the world.” JPB promotes transformational, person-to-person encounters among the peoples of Jerusalem, the Middle East, and the United States. Founders, the Rev. Nicholas and Dorothy Porter, believed that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks brought new urgency to the timeless call for peace in the Holy Land. To that end, they began specialized youth leadership programs – first in Brattleboro, Vermont, and now in the Middle East as well as in New Haven, Connecticut, and Houston, Texas – for Israeli, Palestinian and American teens. JPB programming unites these young adults, providing them with the opportunities, relationships, and skills they need to become future leaders for peace in the global community. A passion for peace drives JPB’s mission, and partnerships power its program.

December 2017 Red Door Concert at St. Mary’s in the Mountains

St. Mary’s Red Door concerts have become a mainstay in Wilmington. These musical events are offered four times each year. Past concerts have ranged from classical and jazz concerts, to the annual Red Door Community Carol Sing, to a musical potpourri, and even a celebration of Vermont’s Fifth (Mud) Season. Each concert highlights and benefits a local charity.

St. Mary’s members approached JPB with the idea of offering an opportunity for the Southern Vermont community to get to know more about JPB, and to hear from and meet, firsthand, teens from Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

“St. Mary’s has been supporting Jerusalem Peacebuilders for several years, and we hope that our friends and neighbors will enjoy and learn by meeting and hearing from teens from Jerusalem,” said Joe Fortner, a church member involved in planning Red Door events.

“Our campers come from the many cultural traditions of the Middle East,” said the Rev. Nicholas Porter. “Because of that, they can share not only what our program is about, but even more, their personal perspectives about Jerusalem and the complicated challenges that they, and we, strive to solve.”

The evening will include conversations and discussions by JPB Leadership Institute participants. Interspersed throughout will be musical offerings, some by the JPB campers, and others by St. Mary’s members, including Rich Mattern, Kathleen Loomis-Ward, and Holly & Joe Fortner. JPB teens will join in singing several tunes. After the event, all attendees are invited to our reception, where everyone can meet and chat with our friends from Jerusalem.

More information about JPB can be found at The Rev. Porter is available for further information and interviews. He can be reached at Learn more about this and other St. Mary’s Red Door Concerts at Joe Fortner is also available for further information at

In the featured photo: The Rev.  Porter and JPB teens.

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