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.
Fr. Robert Holmes csb: Bob 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.
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 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.
Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God’s love. We believe we can transform war and occupation, our own lives, and the wider Christian world through:
- the nonviolent power of God’s truth
- partnership with local peacemakers
- bold action
CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict. These teams seek to follow God’s Spirit as it works through local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression.
CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression. We are committed to undoing oppressions, starting within our own lives and in the practices of our organization.
CPT enlists the whole Church in an organized, nonviolent alternative to war. CPT’s initial roots among Mennonites, Church of the Brethren and Quakers have spread into a broad ecumenical network that supports:
- biblically based and spiritually-centered peacemaking
- creative public witness
- nonviolent direct action
- and protection of human rights.
About Welcome Inn:
Since 1966, the poverty of loneliness and exclusion has been overcome with friendship and compassion at Welcome Inn Community Centre, where people from all walks of life work together to alleviate poverty in the North End and across Hamilton. Each person at Welcome Inn is accepted and welcomed as we are. We respect one another in our diversity and believe we all have something of value to give and to receive. Together, we build healthy and resilient community. We offer opportunities for spiritual growth with respect for each person’s spiritual journey and different faith traditions.
About The Commons:
The Commons is an urban holistic Christian community that Lives, Works and Plays in the inner city neighbourhoods of Hamilton, Ontario. Quite simply, we are a community of people who are committed to making the Kingdom of God tangible in our neighbourhoods. We believe that people should be able to touch it, taste it, see it, sense it. We want to live the “Good News” wherever it is we find ourselves throughout the week. We seek to be part of the rhythms of our city, to be good neighbours, good friends, and good servants.
We are a community that is defined by our values. The Commons is committed to working together to creatively live out Justice, Hope, Beauty, Authenticity, Truth, Community, and Peace. As we seek to be the community that God is shaping us into, we continually see our values reflected in the life of Jesus and the example that He set during His time on Earth. For us “Commoners”, our values are not just words but rather sign posts that we use to help guide us on our collective journey.