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PeaceQuest Moves to Next Phase

Monica Lambton, JPIC coordinator

From the beginning, Visitation Province of the Congregation de Notre-Dame has been supporting PeaceQuest in its goal of creating an alternative recognition of the First World War. Following the four streams of faith, culture, education and policy, for five years events, resources and advocacy actions have been organized across the country. On the occasion of the centenary of the Armistice from WWI, over a hundred people gathered in Kingston last week-end to express gratitude for all that was accomplished and to reflect together on how to continue the vision and momentum of PeaceQuest as it takes on a new form apart from the WWI connection. Sisters Becky McKenna and Catherine Walker attended the supporters evening on behalf of Visitation Province, and several Kingston sisters and associates were present, along with myself, for the day of reflection. Keynote speaker, Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford in the U.K. urged us to keep hope as the centre of our work. He believes that the coming decade of the 2020's will be a critical turning point for the planet in terms of ecological issues, human rights and justice and peace and that our most important time to contribute in these areas is yet to come. He identified the three major factors that are currently causing world conflict: the ever growing divide between the rich and poor of the world, environmental crisis and militarization.

Sometimes it is hard to see what each of us can do in the face of such huge topics. I want to invite you all to take one small step by supporting the beautiful children's book 'What is Peace' by Wallace Edwards. Inspired by his connection to PeaceQuest this book is a wonderfully engaging resource to provoke great conversation about what makes for peace for adults and children alike. Order your copy and consider this as a gift for new babies in your family, your local library, school or daycare or parish children's room. We can all spread the quest for peace with the help of beautiful resources like this.


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