Active Peace Workshop – Feb 4th, 2017

Thanks Everyone for signing up. If you missed out and you and you want to hear about future opportunities or similar workshops in the future please contact: Randell Neudorf
phone: 905-379-3717

active-non-violence-workshop-poster-copyActive Peace: a practical non-violence workshop
Saturday, February 4th, 2017, 9am-3pm

Location: Welcome Inn, 40 Wood St. E. Hamilton, Ontario
Cost: $20 (lunch included)

We believe there is a desire in the wider Hamilton community to learn how to be peacemakers. We have learned that peace takes practice so we invited our friends from Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) to help us with a super practical workshop on peacemaking. We will be learning strategies of non-violence and how to embody peace as a positive action in our lives. We are super excited to be partnering with Welcome Inn Community Centre to bring you this workshop in a beautiful and relaxing environment.

To Register please contact:

Randell Neudorf
phone: 905-379-3717

Meet our Facilitators:

bobholmesIntroducing Father Bob! He is a great story teller and has been known to join a social protest at the drop of a hat.

Bio: Bob Holmes is a Roman Catholic, Basilian priest/teacher, who has been active in peace & justice ministry for several years. He is currently the Basilian Coordinator for Peace & Justice and heads up the Basilian Centre for Peace & Justice in Toronto.

Since January 2000 Bob has also been a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and has served in Mexico (Chiapas), Colombia, the USA (Arizona/Mexico Borderlands), East Africa (Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo), Canada (with the Anishnabe and Algonquin First Nations), Iraq and has just returned from serving in Israel/Palestine.

2017 01 17 Peter Bio PicIntroducing Peter Haresnape. Some of you may know him from the Cahoots Festival on Faith, Justice and DIY Culture. I’m sure Peter gets tiered of hearing people commenting on his English accent but he may not know how valuable that is. I for one could listen to Peter all day, everything he says sounds so impressive. I just want to get him to read quotes from the Narnia books.

Bio: Peter Haresnape came to Turtle Island from the UK in 2010 after training with Christian Peacemaker Teams, and joined the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team. He lives with his husband Ken and housemates in Toronto, and now works as the National Coordinator of the Student Christian Movement of Canada. He attends Toronto United Mennonite Church and serves on preaching team and as a junior youth Sunday School teacher. Peter enjoys Arthurian literature, anti-oppressive stand-up-comedy, queer-inclusive ecumenical worship and drinking cups of tea with friends or enemies.

Esther KernIntroducing Esther Kern, one of the slyest peacemakers I know (I mean that in the best possible way). She knows that her age and “Grandma-ness” allows her to go places and say things in ways others can’t. She is also always looking to raise up new co-conspirators.

Bio: Esther Kern was born into an Old Order Amish Family, where peace, family and community values, and nonviolence were a way of life. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Goshen College, Esther worked for thirty four years as a Registered Nurse, both in the USA and Canada. She chose to take an early retirement, and joined Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in 2004, working on all the projects as a Reservist, and then working full time for eight years. At the present time Esther has rejoined the Reservist pool, and just recently returned from leading a CPT delegation to Palestine. In her “spare time” she has participated in a number of humanitarian aid missions which have included Russia, Honduras and Cuba.

Support Welcome Inn with a Reverse Advent Calendar

neudorf-reverse-advent-boxMy family has taken up Welcome Inn Community Centre’s suggestion of a Reverse Advent Calendar. The idea is instead of consuming advent with daily trinkets or candies we are building into the advent season by consciously giving something away each day.

The Way it works:

  • Take a box and divide it up into 24 squares. We used scrap cardboard and an old box. You could also draw a grid with a marker or go to the LCBO and ask if they have any used boxes that are already divided for bottles.
  • Number your squares from 1 – 24. We used name stickers and sharpie, but you could draw right on the box or use sticky notes.
  • Decorate! We used warping paper, old Christmas cards, stickers and bingo dabbers (please beware that red bingo dabbers look a lot like blood splatter until you add the green dots).
  • Raid your pantry to fill the first square. Repeat daily until full.
  • Donate your box to the Welcome Inn Community Centre on 40 Wood St E. in Hamilton. I would suggest calling ahead to check their hours (905-525-5824). We started ours a couple days early so we could bring it in before Christmas, but if you bring your box in after Christmas it will still be very welcomed. The reality is that most food donated in December is actually for January. The Christmas season puts such a strain on food banks shelves that they really need help restocking for the new year.

Some other ideas:

Don’t worry if you start late, I think you can jump in on the Reverse Advent Calendar at any time. Some other variations could be using the 12 days of Christmas to make a mini box.

Not just for kids. This could also be used at your workplace, small group, or book club. You could collect food or money.

Use the idea at your Christmas Party. Invite 24 friends for a party and have them each bring a donation to fill your communal Reverse Advent Calendar. If you don’t want to get crazy with the cardboard you could put out 24 envelopes or Christmas cards to be filled with cash donations.

Make a financial donation: Welcome Inn could also use your help paying their bills. Consider making a donation to help keep the lights on. Here is a link to their Canada Helps Online Donation page:

If you try any version of this idea we would love to hear what you did. Feel free to send us ( ) photos and we will post those as well to help inspire others.