Our overall theme is Women Do Peace. Our topic is open to a wide interpretation including:
- How women around the world are contributing to peacemaking and social justice
- How war is experienced and how women work to keep the truth of what happens to them in the public sphere so they are not sidelined
- How women can reclaim their experience and the truth of their history
- The effects of militarism on women
- How women do peace in their families, in their neighbourhoods and in their countries
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Keynote Speaker: Erna Paris
Erna Paris has the gift of taking complex international issues and teasing out the human implications in a way that has you thinking about the topic for days.
It’s no surprise, then, her book Long Shadows was named one of the 100 Most Important Canadian Books Ever Written by the Literary Review of Canada. Her most recent book, The Sun Climbs Slow: The International Criminal Court and the Struggle for Justice, has also been acclaimed.
Her storytelling and analysis bring clarity and wisdom to the events of today, from the role of the International Criminal Court to how to maintain peace in an ethnically-diverse society like Canada.
A renowned author and an assured speaker, Erna Paris has written seven books, won 12 national and international writing awards and is the winner of the World Federalist Movement – Canada World Peace Award.
Our intention is to build on the keynote address through workshops that are experiential and active.
|1. PeaceQuest and practicing Peace
Presenter: Julie SalversonThis workshop will introduce PeaceQuest through storytelling and drama. No experience necessary, but please come willing to share an image or a story and to work on your feet.
Maximum 16 people.
|1. First Nations Women and Peace
Presenters: Sharon Beaudin and Bridget DohertySharon Beaudin is a member of the Cowessess First Nation and has lived and worked in Kingston for 13 years. This workshop will focus on women’s health and prenatal education in Aboriginal communities. Sharon’s traditional teachings make profound connections between inner peace and peace with Mother Earth, timely lessons in today’s world.
|2. Living Peace: A Spirituality for the World
Presenter: Dolores Hall, Doctor of MinistryIn this session, we’ll explore together how cultivating the gift and challenge of personal inner peace is at the very heart of attaining peace in our world.“There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” (A.J.Muste)
|2. Women making peace in Sudan
Presenters: Gamila Abdalla and Magda AzragBy virtue of their position in society, Sudanese women have recognized their role in peace making. This presentation will highlight the invaluable role they have played and continue to play in peace-making processes.
|3. Kingston Women Making a Difference
Presenters: Laurie Davey-Quantick of Omwaana Ono and Nancy Stevens of Kenya HelpWhile volunteering in Uganda, Laurie Davey-Quantick saw the need for a school for girls. While volunteering in Kenya, Nancy Stevens saw the need to provide food, health care and education for orphanages. Why did these local women care so much about what they observed and experienced in Africa? What gave them the confidence to go forth with their visions? What do they want to tell us about becoming change makers?
|3. PEACE IN OUR TIME – A Cooperative World Affairs Game
Game Managers: Judi Wyatt and Michelle LaMarcheGroup game created by Jim Deacove of Family Pastimes Cooperative Games. For 6 to 18 players.Six nations begin with unbalanced social, economic and political issues which leaders must resolve in limited time and contribute to a stable international scene. If the game ends with unresolved “hot spot” issues, the game is lost!
Fees and Registration
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Conference Fee: $25 (Subsidy is available where needed)
Includes: keynote address, choice of two workshops (one from each group as above), lunch, music, childcare and free parking!
Registration deadline: March 3, 2014
Cheque and money orders payable to: Providence Spirituality Centre
Cash: payment available for drop-off registrations only. Please call 613-542-8826 to pre-arrange time due to secure entrance.
Address for mailing or for drop-off registration:
Providence Spirituality Centre
1200 Princess Street Box 427
Kingston, ON K7L 4W4
Location, directions, map
Map to Providence Spirituality Centre, 1200 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario
From Hwy 401:
Take Exit #615 – Sir John A. MacDonald Blvd.
Go south to Princess Street and turn RIGHT at the lights.
Go a short distance and turn LEFT at 1200 Princess.
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At 1200 Princess:
Follow the Spirituality Centre sign LEFT (east).
Make three quarters of a circle around the entire building. Our secluded, fully accessible entrance is halfway up the furthest (west) side.
Welcome! Peace to all who enter here.
Keynote Speaker: Erna Paris
Peace Projects and Extras
A display of 1000 Peace Women!
Peace in Song with Wendy Luella Perkins wendyluellaperkins.com
Novel Ideas Book Store
The conference is a collaborative effort of the Healing Violence Committee of the Sisters of Providence, PeaceQuest, International Women’s Day, Kingston Interval House and the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston.
More information to come!