All pictures by Scott Miller Cressman.
It’s time we held another information sharing and planning meeting, and have some wonderful potluck food.
Every few months the organizers of many different peace, social justice, environmental, political, and spiritual organizations from Waterloo Region come together to share what they’re doing in the community, invite each other to participate, and possibly collaborate on new ventures. Everyone is invited! It’s a potluck meeting, so bring some food or a beverage to share, and enjoy all the different dishes others have brought. The food is mostly vegetarian, some vegan, some gluten-free.
Many thanks to our hosts at the Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church for letting us use the Peace and Justice room again!
Please send brief updates and upcoming events to Mo at email@example.com so we can include them in the minutes of the meeting. Thanks!
- Updates of Our Groups
- We’ll each give updates on our groups.
- Upcoming Events
- We’ll each share upcoming events.
- WR Nonviolence Day In The Park
- The Day In The Park is coming up this Saturday, July 21st, on Roos Island in Victoria Park, and many of us will be participating. Speak to Bob Jonkman or Matthew Albrecht if you have questions.
- Photography At This Meeting
- From Scott Cressman: Scott would like to take some photos at the meeting, if people are okay with this, but he will not photograph anyone who doesn’t want to be photographed. He is hoping to take some pictures to post on some of the social media sites, and he will explain more at the meeting.
- Grant Applicant Needed
- From Laura Hamilton (KW Peace): We need someone to apply to the city for an in-kind facilities grant for our October 27 Perspectives On Peace event. See below regarding the event, and contact Bob Jonkman or Mo Markham regarding applying for the grant. This is the application is at https://www.kitchener.ca/en/city-services/grants.aspx
- KW Peace Blog
- From Bob (KW Peace): An invitation for all groups to post to the blog. http://kwpeace.ca/posts/
- Civic Hub
From Aleksandra Petrovic (Social Development Centre Waterloo Region): We have a chance to move ahead with the idea of a Civic Hub and I can ask how important is that civic space to the groups that come to the potluck. If yes, I would have specific questions for the groups such as:
- the need for the space (meetings, work, events, etc.)
- the times the space would be mostly used (evenings, weekends… )
- other logistics needed in the space for the first while (telephone, Internet, printing, scanning, storage, etc.)
- Blanket Workshop
- from Hannah Enns: Blanket workshop taking place on July 25th at Seven Shores Community Cafe… Register at http://www.sevenshores.ca/events-1/2018/7/25/blanket-exercise. Tickets: $25/settler (non-indigenous); $15/student/low-income/refugee; Free for Indigenous folks. What does it mean to be a treaty person today in Kitchener-Waterloo? What is the untold history in Canadian society about colonization and movements of resistance? How do you push yourself to unsettle the settler within?
- Perspectives On Peace
- Laura Hamilton has arranged for KWPeace to use the Rotunda at City Hall on Saturday, 27 October 2018 from noon to 2:00pm (setup at 11:00am). Tamara Lorincz will be the speaker, and I believe Food Not Bombs will provide snacks. All KWPeace groups are invited to have display or information tables around the rotunda. …we’re calling the event “Perspectives on Peace” or “KWPeace Connections”.
- KW Peace co-sponsor film?
- From Tamara Lorincz: She’s wondering if KW Peace would “co-sponsor” a screening of the film A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Path to Demilitarization that she is hoping to screen at Conrad Grebel with Project Ploughshares this fall (likely early November) as this year is the 70th anniversary that Costa Rica abolished its army. The movie is a very powerful. It wouldn’t cost KW Peace anything to “co-sponsor” just to add “moral” support. (Tamara can’t be at the meeting on Thursday.) More info about the film is at http://aboldpeace.com/
Community building through playing games. Bring a game or play one of ours.
Admission is free
Wednesday 15 March 2017 7:00pm
Queen Street Commons Cafe
43 Queen St. S., Kitchener Map
Board games are inherently about competition, conflict and conquest. What can we learn about peace and nonviolence from playing board games?
Come join us for an evening traditional board games such as Chess, Checkers, and Monopoly.
Special feature: KWPeace member Isaiah has developed an educational game that explores and makes accessible the complex relationship between environmental limits, climate change and various conflicts within and between societies. He’s happy to present this game to our group — Come out, and be one of the first people to play!
Here are some photos of Perspectives on Peace: Local Approaches for Positive Change held on Saturday, 1 October 2016 at the Queen Street Commons Cafe. Additional photos and videos will be posted as they become available.
Local community groups are hosting Perspectives on Peace: Local Approaches to Positive Change, an evening of sharing, collaboration, and action on October 1st 2016 from 4:00pm to 8:30pm at the Queen Street Commons Café in downtown Kitchener.
This event, hosted under the umbrella of KW Peace, will emphasize positive work happening in our community and inspire action. KW Peace is a collective of local peace and social justice groups interested in collaboration and networking.
The concept of peace building is very broad, and encompasses a wide range of approaches and issues. The goal of this gathering is to celebrate our individual perspectives on peace, as well as find ways to work together in creating peace and positive change in our community. We’ll do this by showcasing the work that’s already being done and encouraging new action and collaboration.
The agenda includes a Keynote speaker, dinner, showcasing of participating groups, and small group discussions. Keynote speaker Dr. Simon Dalby, CIGI Chair, will be speaking about the interaction between climate change and conflict, from his experience working in the fields of climate change, political ecology, geopolitics, and global security.
Participating groups include: The Nonviolence Festival, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), Spiritual Heritage Education Network (SHEN), Divest Waterloo, Cross Cultures, Green Party, Amnesty International, Centre for Peace Advancement(CPA), FairVote, Animal Save, Vegan Society, and Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church’s Social Justice Working group.
Admission is free, but registration is required as space is limited. Pay what you can donations towards the cost of the event are appreciated (suggested donation is $10). Register: Perspectives on Peace: Local Approaches for Positive Change
To learn more, please contact
This is a reminder that the next potluck meeting for KW Peace is Wednesday, August 17th at 6pm at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church.
Please let me know if you plan to attend.
We will be continuing our planning of our October event “Perspectives on Peace: Local Approaches to Creative Positive Change.”
Hope to see you there!
What: KWPeace Perspectives Planning Potluck
When: Wednesday, 17 August 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Peace and Justice Room, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Location: 57 Stirling Avenue North, Kitchener, Ontario (corner of Weber Street) Map
Reminder: Bring your own plate, cutlery and serving utensils! (the kitchen is still undergoing renovations)
If you’re on Facebook you can indicate you’re going at KWPeace Perspectives Planning Potluck | Facebook
Our next potluck dinner for KW Peace is on Wed, July 20th. We will not have access to the kitchen this time, so please bring your own dishes, cutlery, serving utensils, a way to carry your dirty dishes home afterward, and whatever else you would need.
We will be meeting in Stirling Ave Mennonite Church’s Peace and Justice room upstairs.
What: KW Peace Organizational Pot Luck
When: Wednesday, 20 July 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Peace and Justice Room, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Location: 57 Stirling Avenue North, Kitchener, Ontario (intersection Weber St.) Map
Facebook: KW Peace Organizational Pot Luck Dinner
We will be planning our fall event at this meeting, Local Approaches to creating positive change. Brief summary:
KW Peace invites local groups and community members working for positive change in the Kitchener Waterloo Community to join us for a day of sharing, collaboration, and action.
There’s so much positive action happening in KW and we want to celebrate it by getting together and learning from each other! Come prepared to be inspired by the incredible people working our out community, and share your own work and passions to inspire others. Although our work may seem very different on the surface, all of us are working to improve life for those around us, battle injustice, and create positive change in Kitchener-Waterloo.
The event will consist of a keynote speaker, sharing by local groups about their goals and projects, and collaborative visioning for the future of our community. Lunch is provided at no cost.
Let me know if you can make it!
PeaceQuest KW Affiliate Facilitator
The next KW Peace potluck meeting will be June 16th 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church’s Peace and Justice room (a different room than before), 57 Stirling Avenue North Kitchener. Map Please bring a dish to share!
If you haven’t been posting your events to the KW Peace calendar, please consider checking it out! We want to advertise the KW Peace calendar to the public, so it’d be ideal to have lots of events posted. If you need help with the website, please contact Bob Jonkman – firstname.lastname@example.org
At our previous KW Peace Potluck meeting we had discussed holding a one day conference event, hosted by the members of this group and open to other group members as well as members of the public. This would be a unique opportunity to work together each other and share our work and ideas! We’re really excited about this idea, and hope that you’ll be excited too.
The focus of this event would be “Perspectives on Peacemaking,” and we invite groups to share how they are making peace in our local or global community. We define peace in the broad holistic sense, so any work that improves our community and contributes to social justice is included. The main purpose of the event would be highlighting the great work that goes on in our community, learning from each other, as well as giving people practical ways to get involved and make a difference.
Tentatively we are thinking our event would include longer presentations (30 mins to 1 hour), round table discussions, and short (2-5 min) presentations. During the longer presentations, a group or speaker might share an issue that is relevant to our community, how they address the issue, and how people can get involved. The round table discussion would have pre-selected questions that you discuss with people around you, in order to facilitate sharing of ideas and information. The short presentations would give a group an opportunity to just briefly say some kind of announcement or message they want to get out to this audience. We would also have table space available for displays or other types of publicity materials (brochures, business cards, etc)
Please let us know if you are interesting in helping with the planning and facilitating of this event, presenting a long or short presentation, or having table space for materials.
Additionally, if you are interested in participating in the KW Peace initiatives, please sign up for the KW Peace Groups mailing list.
PeaceQuest KW Affiliate Facilitator
An initiative of the Kitchener Waterloo Peace and Social Justice Community Symposium, the new site gives more flexibility to add things like a comprehensive calendar of all Peace and Social Justice events in the Kitchener–Waterloo area, and mailing lists for the KW Peace groups to coordinate those events.
Thank you for joining us on our new site!
KWPeace Blog System Administrator.