Over the weekend of October 22-23rd thirteen youth grades 10 through 12 came together at the Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House to explore issues of violence, nonviolence, social change movements and community. We used the Creating a Culture of Peace curriculum, which was developed by Janet Chisholm while at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, that uses popular education to explore these concepts.
Hiroshima A-Bomb Survivor Junko Kayashige holds picture of her 1945 family
Humans and nuclear weapons cannot co-exist.
This start judgment begins an opinion article by the AFSC's Shan Cretin and Joseph Gerson on the urgency for action by President Obama and the U.S. Senate, on the occasion of the 11th Annual Nobel Peace Laureates Summit next month in Hiroshima Japan.
I recently had the pleasure of making presentations to two very different groups, but both experiences were very heartening.
One group was made up of retired clergy, who had many years of preaching under their belts. I shared thoughts and hopes for peace. I discussed a quote from Antoine de Saint Exupéry, author of the The Little Prince, who once wrote “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
Maggie Rawlands, active in Des Moines WILPF since the 1960s and a leader on causes like disarmament, small weapons treaty, anti-nuclear weapons, and challenging corporate power. Maggie is delighted with the featured speaker we will have at the meeting, David Cobb from National Move To Amend. More on David later.
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