Sunday, December 29, 2013

Citizens for Peace in the Observer

Here's the article in the Sunday, Dec. 29th Observer!
I hope you can join us for all of these great events!

Group offers series on power of nonviolence

The Rev. Rich Peacock will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of Citizens for Peace, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile, Livonia.
He’ll recommend ways to overcome racism, materialism, and militarism.
The organization offers a workshop in building peaceful relationships, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at a private home in Livonia.  Cost is $45 and includes a vegetarian lunch. Call Rosemary Doyle at 248-476-0791 for more information.
The Citizens for Peace also will commemorate the “Season for Nonviolence” with a three-part series on understanding the power of nonviolence as described in Michael Nagler's book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. Each session will include discussion, and viewing short videos or YouTube segments about Nagler's book. The first part, “Understanding the Basics” will be held Feb. 13, 2014. “The Myth and Power of Nonviolence is set for March 13, 2014 and “A Clear Picture of Peace and Compassion” rounds out the series on April 10, 2014. Sessions will run 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile, Livonia.
The Season for Nonviolence was co-founded by the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and The Association for Global New Thought, which focuses attention on the philosophy of attaining peace through nonviolent action as demonstrated by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. It was launched in 1998.
To view chapter summaries of Nagler's book, visit; then type in the space bar "The Search for a Nonviolent Future

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Sally Peck got her letter to the editor published in the Observer!
Thanks Sally!

Between 23 – 36% of teenagers admit they have committed a serious violent offense by age 17. Homicide remains a leading cause of death among youth age 10-24. We need to deal with at-risk teenagers differently, and we have an opportunity to do so with the passage of the Youth PROMISE Act (S1307 & HR1308).
PROMISE is an acronym for Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support and Education.  It would fund proven, locally controlled, evidence-based violence prevention programs. A Pennsylvania program investing in at-risk youth saves $5 for each $1 spent. 
This bi-partisan bill has the support of local law enforcement, the US Conference of Mayors and state and local governments.  
Years ago, my elderly mother was murdered in her home by a neighbor youth. The programs that the Youth PROMISE Act would provide may have prevented this tragedy.  Please urge your Congressmen to co-sponsor this bill. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Spiritual Activism

Thanks for a great evening exploring spiritual activism Tada!
Let's all move toward being spiritual activists in 2014!

What Is A Spiritual Activist?

*  One who enriches the spirit

*  One who encourages people to open their hearts to God and to each other

*  One who acts out of a sense of eternal self

*  One who encourages action based on noble principles

Qualities Of A Spiritual Activist

*  Authenticity, vision, kindness, compassion, and truth-telling

*  A good listener, interactive, aware

*  Loving, forgiving, not judging, an awareness of oneness 

*  Leading by example, hopeful

*  Altruism, gratitude, patience, and persistence

*  Foresight 

When Tada asked how to transform our negative emotions, Rev. Selena gave this response:
"I find that if I pray for 3 other people/situations, that energy is
diffused and changed into compassion. I also strive to take 100%
responsibility for whatever energy is going on in the world. So if
there is a war due to desire for power or control- where in my life do
I do that? Change of my energy will help change the energy of the planet,

Monday, December 02, 2013

Join us for our December 10th Meeting!

What Is Spiritual Activism?

                Attend the December 10th Citizens for Peace Meeting to find out.               
Tada Gunter will present an interactive, experiential workshop on the topic of 
Spiritual Activism.  Included will be an overview of the wisdom from the leaders in this field, 
a guided meditation, and small group sharing.

Join us at Unity of Livonia 
28660 Five Mile Rd.
 at 7 pm
We will be drawing the winners of our Education Fund Raffle.

You can call 734-425-0079 for raffle tickets.
Winners need not be present to win.
Prizes include dinner & movie passes, Peace Books, Peace Puzzles, PEACE signs, and a basket from Trader Joe's

Thanks to our donors:
The Phoenix Theatre, The Maple Theater,and United Artists Commerce Township,
George Murphy's at the Creek, George's Senate Coney Island, Livonia Big Boy,
Archie's Restaurant, Deadwood Bar & Grill, Red Robin, Rocky's of Northville, Los Amigos
Restaurant, Rusty Bucket Restaurant, and Trader Joe's!