What does Peace mean to you?

What does peace mean to you?

Every day in the news we’re hearing how rampant violence is in our communities ….. It’s up to us to be the change that we wish for and the time is now to co-create it. — Paula Abdul

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Wednesday, November 11th, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street

Info:  http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/ or Linda at 250-380-6383

Free or by donation

Saul Arbess and Penny Joy, Co-founders of the Canadian Peace Initiative will facilitate an evening of reflection: “What does Peace Mean to You?”.  We will share a meditation, songs of peace created and led by Brian Martin,  and the  co-creation of an altar  as an expression and focus for peace.   Attendees are invited to bring a small object and place it on the altar as their representation of peace.

Saul and Penny also dedicate this evening to the memory of the renowned artist and writer William Allister who was a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II.  During the war years, William Allister  drew upon artistic expression and a love of nature as a means of survival. Today, his creative works bridges the two cultures and affirms the remarkable resilience of the human spirit.


About Saul Arbess and Penny Joy: 

Saul Arbess and Penny Joy As co-founders of the Canadian Peace Initiative (CPI),  Penny and Saul are working in concert with CPI chapters and contacts in most major cities  across Canada and were among the co-creators of the Global Alliance for Ministries of Peace (GAMIP) with participation from 55 countries.

 Saul Arbess, Ph.D.:

Saul Arbess  is a cultural anthropologist and futurist is dedicated  to building a culture of peace in Canada and abroad, in which restorative practices are at its heart, having co-founded Restorative Justice Victoria. He has worked with Dr. Jean Houston, a pioneer in the human capacities movement, for over 30 years and has been trained in Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

Penny Joy:

Born in England in the Blitz, Penny Joy’s whole life has been directed into a spiraling path of exploration into peace.    Penny is a member of the Restorative Justice Coalition at William Head Penitentiary and co-founder of the Victoria Restorative Justice Society.

Penny is also a filmmaker and produced  “The Art of Compassion” with Peter C. Campbell and Gumboot Productions Inc.  This documentary presents World War II prisoners of war Manitoba-born artist and writer William Allister and Vancouver-born Japanese-Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama  who transform their painful experience into healing and reconciliation. Their moving stories resonate with themes of healing, appreciation for nature, and spiritual growth.


About William Allister: 

An actor, artist, novelist, filmmaker, and scriptwriter, William Allister’s creative impulses were stifled but not extinguished during 44 months of wartime mistreatment by Japanese captors. In 1983, the impulse to resolve these feelings lured him back to the Japanese shipyard where he had been  forced to labour in appalling conditions.   A son of one of the camp guards spent a week as a guide in Tokyo. During that visit, in a sacred ceremony,  William  Allister felt his animosity evaporate.  The journey unlocked a vision of how he could reconcile a simmering hostility with a deep appreciation of Japanese culture.  He returned to Canada to create a magnificent series of painting entitled, “East Weds West.”


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As an artist, I would paint toward peace, paint as I’d never painted before, stretching to the limits, soaring, exploring new forms, new harmonies” – William Allister



About the Canadian Peace Initiative:   The Canadian Peace Initiative (CPI)  was first conceived in 2004  by 8 visionaries and they have engaged people from all walks of life, Members of Parliament, activists and academics.  They have also  inspired books and movies published with the theme of a Department of Peace and  have engaged Members of Parliament to submit a Bill to Establish a Department of Peace (see Bill C-373).  The CPI is committed to the establishment of a Cabinet level Minister and Department of Peace within the Government of Canada;  Similar departments already exist in three other countries: Solomon Islands, Nepal and Costa Rica.

With the recent change of government, the Canadian Peace Initiative is very hopeful that Canada will be the next country to have a Department of Peace and that our new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will continue the Peace Initiative work that his father Pierre Trudeau began in 1983 where he campaigned for world peace and improved the relationship between nations, during the heart of the Cold War.

Info:    http://canadianpeaceinitiative.ca/


“Of all our dreams today there is none more important than that of peace in the world … May we never lose our faith in it or our resolve to do everything that can be done to convert it … into reality.”  —  Nobel Peace Prize recipient, our former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson

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