Monday, September 26, 2011

Paul Chappell Visits Michigan

The Citizens for Peace is bringing an outstanding peace leader to Michigan from October 19th to October 22nd!

Paul K. Chappell is the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
He is a graduate of West Point and served in Iraq as an Army Captain.
While on active duty, Paul wrote two books:
Will War Ever End? A Soldier's Vision for Peace in the 21st Century, and
The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future.
His books will be available for purchase at all of his speaking engagements.

His first talk, Why Peace Is Possible and How We Can Achieve It, will be Wednesday, October 19th at Unity of Livonia, at 7 p.m.
We are encouraging everyone who seeks a peaceful world to attend this free event.
Donations are appreciated.

Paul will be speaking to the students of Kim Redigan, at U of D High School on Thursday morning.

He will be sharing his unique perspective with the students in Mike Whitty's business class at the University of Detroit, on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, October 21st Paul will visit the students at Marygrove College at noon thanks to Barb Beesley.

The Wayne State University Peace & Justice Learning Community will host Paul on Friday at 5 p.m. at the WSU Student Center Hillberry Room. This will be a question-based discussion open to all students and the public. Thanks to Melissa Ciaravino for organizing this event.

Paul will be offering Nonviolence Leadership Training on Saturday, October 22nd at Scott Memorial United Methodist (15361 Plymouth Rd. in Detroit) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This dynamic training is for youth (13 - 19) and adults (19 - 99+).
The youth will learn the 4G's from Peace Center Trained Reconciler Coach, Rod Toneye, and will join the all day adult session with Paul Chappell in the afternoon. The students are free. We are asking a $20.00 donation from adults. Lunch will be provided. This training is sponsored by the Detroit Renaissance Peace Center and the Citizens for Peace. To reserve your place, call Colleen Mills at 734-425-0079, or Barbara Talley at 248-356-0819.

On Saturday evening at 7 p.m., Paul will conclude his visit to Michgian as we celebrate the United Nations Day at Unity of Liovnia. We will be entertained by David Levine's String Quartet and Muruga and the Ceremonial Peace Band. Paul will have an interactive discussion of waging peace.

This is a wonderful opportunity for people seeking to understand peace and how to create it. We will learn from a young man who, despite experiencing a violent childhood, bullying, and war, is a peace leader who not only believes there can be world peace; but is devoted to teaching others how to achieve it!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Nancy Lightbody and Colleen Mills at the ONE PEACE Celebration of the UN International Day of Peace!

Celebrating Peace!

What a beautiful evening September 21st was!
The Citizens for Peace had the display of Peace Pals International children's art at the ONE PEACE event. Nancy Lightbody had the peace art from children of 63 different countries displayed so beautifully! This collection will be traveling to various libraries, schools and peace events as the Citizens for Peace reach out to more people with our message that peace is not only possible but is a right of the children of the world!

Thanks to all of our members who volunteered to make this event run smoothly.
Kathy Henning did a beautiful meditation on peace in the world. We had tables representing the United Nation Association, WILPF (Women's International League for Peace & Freedom), Michigan Peaceworks, Citizens for Peace, Moveable Peace (with George's Penny Poll), and the Michigan Peace Team.

The highlight of the evening was the Michigan premier of the film Globalized Soul!
Filmed at the Parliament of World Religions in Australia, the film focused on the hope for a peaceful future when participants of all religions recognize the value and similarity of everyone.

Let's hope that the one day of peace will keep increasing to 365 days of peace!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Peace to You and Yours with Love

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Before you speak imagine there are three gates in front of your mouth
The first gate IS IT TRUE If it is true proceed to the second gate
The second gate IS IT NECESSARY If it is true and necessary then proceed to the third gate
The third gate IS IT KIND If it is true, necessary, and kind
Then go ahead and speak

A Sufi Metaphor

Peace to You and Yours with Love

Friday, September 16, 2011


The Michigan premier of the film, “Globalized Soul” will be featured at the fourth annual ONE PEACE event celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace
in the Livonia Civic Center Library auditorium, Wednesday, September 21st from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Filmed world-wide, “Globalized Soul” explores the oneness at the center of the colorful diversity among the world's religions. It shows spiritual leaders and activists coming together in search of unity in addressing the crises facing humanity and the earth.
Onscreen commentaries include the Dalai Lama, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Rev. James Trapp, Sister Joan Chittister, and other notable religious leaders.

The cornerstone of the film is its coverage of one of the largest interfaith gatherings in history, "The Parliament of the World's Religions" held in Melbourne, Australia in December, 2009. The film follows two participants back to their homeland. Asha Mehta returns to India where she and her husband provide free prosthesis and therapy for people who can’t walk. Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, cofounder of The Jerusalem Peacemakers, returns to Israel. His beautiful spirit is at the heart of the film.

In addition, an exhibition of children’s peace art from sixty three different countries will be displayed in the library atrium. The art is provided by Peace Pals International. There will also be tables from peace organizations: Citizens for Peace, the United Nations Association of Detroit, Michigan Peace Network, the Michigan Peace Team, Moveable Peace, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. The Citizens for Peace is a sponsor of the ONE PEACE event. (734) 425-0079. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Mark Your Calendar for these September Peace Activities!

Sept 8th: 7 pm.: Colleen gives the talk at World Prayer Day at Unity of Livonia

Sept 13th 7 pm.: Citizens for Peace Meeting at Unity of Livonia. Members will share their book reports of selections of the Peace Collection. (

Sept 15th 10 am – 2 pm.: Citizens for Peace table at Schoolcraft School DAZE. Volunteers needed.

Sept. 16th 7:00 and 9:30 p.m., Sept.17th 7:00 and 9:30 pm, Sept.18th 2:00 p.m.:

The Interrupters
is an epic documentary exploring violence in our cities at the DIA.

Sept. 17th 3: 30 pm.: Colleen will talk on the Body Mind Spirit Radio about the ONE PEACE event ant the Michigan premier of the film Globalized Soul.

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Sept. 18th 1 pm. – 4 pm.: 6th Annual PEACE (Promoting Ethnic And Cultural Equality) DAY, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. on the University of Michigan Diag .(920 N UNIVERSITY AVE). Kevin Szawala plans a very exciting peace event!! (www.michiganpeacenetwork)

Sept 21st 6:30 pm. – 9 pm:. ONE PEACE event at the Livonia Civic Center Library auditorium & atrium. Come see the Michigan premier of Globalized Soul and celebrate the UN International Day of Peace! ( Volunteers needed.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Forgiveness allows us to experience our wholeness our oneness with all of life. It opens our eyes to experience the light and the essence of love that we are.

Gerald Jampolsky M. D.

Peace to You and Yours with Love