Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Vancouver Merton Peace Conference-

On Friday evening and all day Saturday, March 7 & 8, 2008 you are
invited to attend a conference entitled "Disarming the Heart: Pathways
to Peace" at the Canadian Memorial Church and Centre for Peace (near
Burrard and 16th), Vancouver, B.C. The conference title has been drawn
from a book on nonviolence written by John Dear, who will be the
principal speaker at this conference. This will be an unusual
opportunity in this part of the world to see one of the most respected
and widely published members of the peace movement in the Americas.

John Dear, a Jesuit priest and the author of 25 books, is an activist in
the peace movement who has gone to jail more than 75 times as a result
of nonviolent protests aimed at securing peace in various parts of the
world. These include El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Guatemala,
Nicaragua, Haiti, the Middle East, the Philippines, and Iraq. In Iraq he
led a delegation of Nobel Peace Prize winners to witness the terrible
effects on Iraqi children of the sanctions imposed on that country.

From 1998-2000 John Dear was executive direct or of the Fellowship of
Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United
States. Currently, he is the coordinator of Pax Christi New Mexico, and
he lectures to tens of thousands of people each year across the U.S.
Among those who have shaped John Dear's involvement in the peace
movement are Thomas Merton and Daniel Berrigan about whom he has written
powerfully and memorably.

To register for the conference, contact the Thomas Merton Society of
Canada at 604-669-2546 or The Friday evening talk is at

7 p.m. (minimum donation $10). The Saturday talks, which will feature
John Dear and other significant speakers, are $50 for the whole day
(9-5) or $30 for the half day (includes lunch). Those troubled about the
present participation by Canada and the U.S. in war will want to be

Ross Labrie


Thomas Merton Society of Canada



At 4:06 PM, Blogger Ulrich said...

You can feel that a new peace movement is emerging. People are connecting and networking globally to create substantial change. In March in Costa Rica the Alliance for a New Humanity is convening a forum hosted by Oscar Aries the President of Costa Rica to find a new language for peace. Peace in my mind emerges when people can talk eye to eye sharing their ideas and feelings. I use a new tool, bVisual which makes it really easy. It is high quality, and low cost which allows me to see be seen, talk to and share what I have on my desktop like pictures. is the site. We need all the tools we can have to grow peace. The way to peace in the world is to be the peace, i.e. act in a peaceful way.


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