December Season of Peace Meeting

2016-11-16 10:34:18

A Common Word:  Facing the Future Together


Sunday, Decembr 4, 2016

3-:00 5:00  p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room


Join Marianne Farina, CSC, Phd,  in an exploration of communication for collaboration, including a listening exercise adapted from Tich Nath Hahn’s deep listening practices.

She will  focus on Islam and Christian projects for peace and dialogue, including an analysis of the two key statements on the ecological crisis leaders have approved.

To read the statements:

Download Muslim Leaders Statement on Climate Change (3)

DownloadLaudato Si, Pope Francis on Integral Ecology (3)

Marianne Farina, CSC, Ph.D. is a religious sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana. She is professor of philosophy and theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. She is a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) and faculty member for the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU. Sister Marianne teaches courses that focus on subjects such as Social Ethics, Virtue, Sexual Ethics, Philosophical Ethics, Islamic Philosophy, Human Rights, Peacebuilding,and Interreligious Dialogue

 While in Bangladesh, Sister Marianne ministered with Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal families and communities. With more than 30 years of experience in education and pastoral ministry, she has worked on a number of projects for social justice, especially promoting interreligious communication and collaboration.

Her recent writings have focused on topics such as: Virtue Theories of Thomas Aquinas and Hamid al-Ghazali; Challenges of Muslim-Christian Dialogue; Faith in Human Rights; Identity and Exclusion: Totalizing Texts in Interreligious Dialogue.

For more information http://www.dspt.edu

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Amnesty International Write-a-thon 2016

2016-11-06 16:29:37

AIstamp2Join Amnesty International Local Group #452
in a letter-writing marathon for human rights.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

College United Methodist Church
 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura
  Corner of Baylor Avenue (across from Ventura College)

Every year around International Human Rights Day on December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send a letter on behalf of someone they’ve never met, as part of Write for Rights. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion (called “prisoners of conscience” by Amnesty), stop the use of torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses.

We furnish snacks, pens, paper, stamps and good company.

Drop in any time between 1 and 4 to write a few letters.

Several cases from last year’s Write for Rights have already been freed, including Congolese pro-democracy activists Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala, human rights activists once facing the death penalty;

Albert Woodfox, subjected to over 4 decades of solitary confinement in Louisiana;

and Phyoe Phyoe Aung, a prisoner of conscience and student leader in Myanmar.

For more info,  call Nan Durantini (805) 650-7314 or Mary Olson (805) 223-1187



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The Treaty of Tlatelolco: Giving Thanks to Our Latin American Neighbors Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

2016-11-04 23:25:48
bobdodgetlatelolcoAmericans gathered around their Thanksgiving tables last week reflecting on what they were thankful for this past year. There was the potential for much angst after a year with significant division in our nation often emphasizing differences and talk of building walls to separate us from our neighbors. In contrast, at our table we gave thanks for our Latin American and Caribbean neighbors celebrating their courage and the Treaty of Tlatelolco, a little known treaty that was drafted 50 years ago this February creating the world’s first nuclear weapons free zone (NWFZ) and which ultimately served as the model for all subsequent NWFZ to follow. In the border town of Tijuana, at its historic coastal Friendship Park adjacent the Mexican side of the wall, a monument commemorating the northwestern point of this NWFZ was unveiled this past week with great fanfare though remarkably no coverage from the neighbor to the north, the United States. Latin American nations drafted the treaty on February 14, 1967 in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, and it went into force on April 22, 1968.  Today all 33 nations of Latin America and the Caribbean have signed the treaty as part of the 80 million square kilometers of the entire southern hemisphere that are free of nuclear weapons. From the earliest days of the nuclear age to the present, the nations of Latin America tlatelolcotreatyhave played a significant role in the work to abolish nuclear weapons. During last month’s United Nations First Committee, they were among the sponsoring group of nations that brought forth a resolution, L41 to commence negotiations and passage of a nuclear weapons ban treaty next year beginning in March. This treaty will outlaw nuclear weapons around the world just as every other weapon of mass destruction has been banned before. No longer will the world be held hostage to these suicidal weapons that have threatened our very survival as a species. These awakened neighbors have done more to bring about a world free of nuclear weapons while the nuclear powers have lived in a trance. Ultimately nuclear weapons will be eliminated or they will eliminate us. We have much work to do yet much to be thankful for.
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November Meeting: Finding Peace in a Stressful World

2016-10-18 16:29:57


Sunday,  Novembr 6, 2016

3-:00 5:00  p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room

Take a break from all the electoral anxiety.  Join us for a “chair and standing” restorative yoga program with instructor Lindy DeRouen.   Wear comfortable clothing for a 45 minute session.

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2016-09-18 21:21:49


Saturday, October 8, 2016

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Guthrie Hall on Central Campus Way at Ventura College


Every year Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents Earth Charter Awards to those community activists who best embody the Earth Charter’s core values. Our event is co-sponsored by Ventura College’s Global and International Studies Program.

Please join us on this joyous occasion to honor this year’s Ventura County ambassadors of the Earth Charter Principles:

Respect and Care for the Community of Life
Joe Asebedo – Ventura County Chapter of Veterans for Peace

Ecological Integrity
Walter Fuller – volunteer steward of Ormand Beach

Social and Economic Justice (Richard Weinstock Memorial Award)
Patrice Esseff – Catholic Charities of Los AngelesDemocracy, Nonviolence and

Peace (Betty Eagle and Bill Hammaker Memorial Award)
Brooks Reynolds – 2020 A Year Without War

Youth Education and Outreach
Andrea Shigeko Landin – New West Symphony Harmony Project

Earth Charter and the Arts
Michelle Nosco – Arts for Earth Foundation

Youth Activism
Sofia Silva & Lorenzo Marchetti – 2020 A Year Without War

There is no charge to attend.

Refreshments will be served.

Learn about the Earth Charter at http://www.earthcharterinaction.org

*   For a map of the Ventura College campus, go  to:     http://www.venturacollege.edu/college_information/maps/campus_central.shtml
Guthrie Hall is marked GH on the map.


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