- Bridget Doherty
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Peace is a verb...
When we challenge and heal the injustices on our Mother Earth and help to support the rights and dignity of all life upon her we are peacemaking.
Nonviolence and peacemaking- to inform and raise public awareness of the evils of war and violence and to promote Gospel nonviolence and peacemaking- is one of our mandate goals.
Our office promotes peacemaking by developing collaborative relationships with others. We foster understanding amongst religions and build bridges in our community.
Our current activities include active engagement in the Kingston Interfaith Community
Sharing our faiths, spiritual traditions and beliefs, fostering mutual growth in respect and understanding for the good of all.
Founded in 2017.
Sister Pauline Lally – Co-Founder
PeaceQuest evolved from Sr. Pauline’s dream of holding a peace conference specifically in the Kingston/Katarokwi region, long known as Canada’s first capital, with its significant military presence and several correctional institutions all on traditional Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee Peacemaker Territory – making it a deeply relevant setting for such an event.
For more than two decades, Sister Pauline Lally staged weekly protests at Kingston City Hall against cut-backs to Social Assistance Programs. She opened and operated a Group Home for Girls in the 1970s and over her life has held numerous roles at Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul including General Superior and Director of Justice and Peace.
Jamie Swift – Co-Founder
Jamie was the director of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation office when he and Sr. Pauline co-founded PeaceQuest. He is an award-winning Canadian journalist, author, and activist and co-founder of PeaceQuest with Sr. Pauline Lally. His body of work has focused largely on issues of social justice, economy, environment, globalization, and politics. Swift has been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, The Kingston Whig-Standard, and Briarpatch. Throughout the 1990s, he was a regular contributor on CBC’s radio series Ideas. Most recently, Swift co-wrote a book with noted Canadian historian Ian McKay entitled Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety, released in May 2012. He currently lectures at the Queen’s School of Business.
...and it is so much more than the absence of war.
With consideration and understanding of current situations of conflict and violence, participants engaged in dialogue about the roots of violence, the hope for peace and reconciliation, and reflected on paths of conversion to nonviolence. They noted that nonviolence is not only a method but a way of life, a way to protect and care for the conditions of life for today and tomorrow.
Peace in our community takes the form of recognizing the path as well as the goal, and understanding that building peace is an unfolding process.
We are called to be channels of God's Providence in the world through compassionate service in response to the needs of the times. In accordance with our mission statement, we seek to empower others, especially the poor and oppressed, to achieve a quality of life in keeping with their human dignity. We also strive to be prophetic leaders in our Church and in society.
Promote justice and peace for all creation.
Peace is more than the absence of war.
Or as Mahatma Gandhi explained, peace is the path as well as the goal.
Nonviolence and peacemaking: to inform and raise public awareness of the evils of war and violence and to promote Gospel nonviolence and peacemaking
Here, resolution includes reconciliation, which seeks not merely to resolve conflict but also to restore friendship and working relationships between conflicting parties.
Some theorists argue that psychological and structural violence are ultimately the root causes of all conflict. For this reason, many peace and justice organizations sponsor programs that fight poverty, hunger, hate speech, and various forms of human and environmental exploitation. Regardless of the country or the politico-economic system, and it is the obligation of us all to publicly expose violence in all its forms and with the goal of initiating reforms. To practice nonviolence, we must do so psychologically and structurally as well as physically.