Annual Peaceable Kingdom Conference

This event is set for April 18 at Bucks County Community College

The Annual Peaceable Kingdom Conference is being held at Bucks County Community College, Rollins Center Gallagher Room, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, on Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conference is sponsored by the Bucks County Community College Business Studies Department.

The Peaceable Kingdom Conference is the only conference whose goals are to: respect animals’ emotions and intelligence; increase our reliance on plant-based foods; be kind to Earth, its inhabitants and ourselves; and strengthen the human-animal bond.

There is a $32 per person registration fee; pre-registration is required due to limited seating. The registration fee includes a vegan lunch catered by CulinArt Group and donations to the Lancaster Farm Sanctuary and the Bucks County Community College Business Studies Department. All students have a registration rate of $20 per person. Register online at tickets.bucks.edu/peaceable-kingdom-conference. Seating is limited and does sell out.

The featured speakers and exhibitors are prominent community leaders in animal welfare, rescue, science, spirituality and social justice. The Peaceable Kingdom workshops emphasize the conference goals, invite participants to examine their personal relationship with animals, and encourage participants to be open to adopting plant-based eating in small ways.

Everyone in the general public of all ages, vegans and non-vegans alike, are welcome to attend. Participants can expect to hear thought-provoking topics from Dr. Ana M. Negron, author; Chris Little Simcox, Bucks County Community College; Suzanne Gonzalez, Lancaster Farm Sanctuary; Sara Eifler, Jewish Veg; and Kathryn Jennings, Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support.

The conference exhibitors, also focused on the conference goals, share information with participants on how to take active steps toward a plant-based diet, purchase humane products, encourage empathy, and support animal rescues. Conference exhibitors include the Vegan Spirituality, Bucks County SPCA, Jewish Veg, American Anti-Vivisection Society, The Friendly Vegan, Tabby’s Place, Lancaster Farm Sanctuary, Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support and more.

The conference name is inspired by the “Peaceable Kingdom” paintings by Edward Hicks. Hicks was a lifelong Bucks County resident. He painted his first “Peaceable Kingdom” at the age of 40, and completed more than 60 versions in his lifetime. In the “Peaceable Kingdom,” Hicks depicts humans and animals living together in peace, and this reflects conference goals.

More information is available at facebook.com/PeaceableKingdomConference