Thanks to all who joined us last Thursday for our Way of Nonviolence Michael True Memorial Lecture on “Rethinking Security.” Mel Duncan, co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) and its current Director of Advocacy and Outreach, gave an excellent presentation on NP, the world’s largest nonviolent civilian protection agency. Mel described the nonviolent strategies of conflict analysis, unarmed accompaniment, civilian patrols, and interpositioning explaining how these are being used to reduce harm in the Philippines, South Sudan, and Iraq, as well as the streets of our own cities.
Unable to attend last week? Check out the recording here.
Election Events: From prayer services to stand-outs and rallies, local people are mobilizing for a peaceful election season. Please see list of events below. Masks and social distancing required at all events.
November 2: Prayers for this Election Season – Worcester, MA
6-7 pm. Blessed Sacrament Church/ 551 Pleasant Street, Worcester . Silent and intercessory prayer, concluding with a recitation of the Rosary, Luminous Mysteries at 6:40 p.m. All faiths welcome. Stop by to sit in silence with us or to offer your own petitions.
Sponsoring group: SS. Francis and Therese Catholic Worker firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2: God’s Peace Heals All Divisions Standout- Ware, MA
4-6 p.m. A silent vigil in downtown Ware, near city hall.
Sponsoring group: Agape Community. For more info on vigil and access to template with statement “God’s Peace Heals All Divisions,” pls. contact email@example.com
November 3: Stand-out for a Peaceful Election – Worcester, MA
3:30-5:00 p.m. Lincoln Square, downtown Worcester. Signs provided but feel free to bring your own.
Sponsoring group: SS. Francis and Therese Catholic Worker firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508 753-3588
November 3: God’s Peace Heals All Divisions Standout – Ware, MA
4-6 p.m. A silent vigil in downtown Ware.
Sponsoring group: Agape Community email@example.com
November 4: Protect the Results Stand-out – Along Pleasant Street/Rte 122 – Worcester, MA
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. In front of the Society of Friends/901 Pleasant Street, Worcester. Plenty of soup available from the Friends. Bathroom also available. Please park along side streets.
Sponsoring group: Worcester Society of Friends. firstname.lastname@example.org
November 4: Prayer and Candle Lighting for Elections – Worcester, MA
3-4:30 p.m. First Unitarian Church/990 Main Street, Worcester
Sponsoring group: First Unitarian Church. For more info, pls call: 508 757-2708
November 4: Protect the Results Gathering – Worcester City Hall – Worcester, MA
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Gather in front of City Hall, Worcester.
Listed organizer: Stephen Quist
November 4: Protect the Results Stand-out – Clinton, MA
4-7 p.m. Walnut Street and Church Street, Clinton.
Listed Organizer: Stephen McCready