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.
Introducing 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.
Introducing 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.
Introducing 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.