This June, the Canadian School of Peacebuilding will be taking place at Canadian Mennonite University.
“We want to create a space where people from different backgrounds and perspectives can connect in positive and respectful ways,” said Valerie Smith, co-director of CSOP.”
–A microcosm of peace under one roof
Canadian School of Peacebuilding to be held at CMU in June
One of the trainers for this peace building summer school is Michelle LeBaron, a Professor of Law from the University of British Columbia. According to LeBaron’s bio, she is interested in the role dialogue plays in bridging worldviews, connecting multiple ways of knowing, and relating to spirituality and creativity. She has facilitated many dialogue projects and taught dialogic approaches around the world, and has authored several books, including Bridging Troubled Waters, Conflict Resolution from the Heart and Bridging Cultural Conflicts and Conflict Across Cultures: A Unique Approach for Bridging Differences.
Another trainer is Mark Burch, former lecturer at the University of Winnipeg, former director of their Campus Sustainability Office, and former Co-Director of the Simplicity Practice and Resource Centre (SPARC), which:
“catalyzes the transformation of individuals, communities, and Canadian society, through research, educational programs, and resources that promote the values and practices of voluntary simplicity and sustainable livelihood…
… We envision a world where equity and diversity are cherished, and where the interdependence of people, the Earth, and all living things is reflected in moral and responsible institutions.
We look forward to a world that encourages critical examination of society and dialogue about visions of the good life. We hope to fashion a peaceful, happy, and just way of life rooted in mindfulness and simple living.
We envision development that progressively increases quality of life and equitable distribution of benefits, while progressively reducing material consumption and environmental degradation.
We imagine this world as a home to persons who cultivate self-reliance and material sufficiency through the continuous evolution of a culture of simple and sustainable living.
Burch recently taught the following sustainability re-visioning workshop at St. Benedict’s Retreat and Conference Centre, where the MB Conference’s very own Rachel Twigg Boyce received her spiritual direction training (see here).
Re-Visioning: Evolving Toward Simplicity and Sustainability
Friday, December 3, 7:30pm to Sunday, December 5, 2010, 1:00 PM (No session Saturday evening).
> Our society faces major challenges in the years ahead. We sense that our way of life must change. Is there a positive way forward or will the way forward be more difficult for our children? How can we mobilize creativity-in-community to fashion lives of simplicity and sustainability for the future? How might we reach deep into the co-creative power we share with Spirit to serve live and love?
Facilitator: Mark Burch
St. Benedict’s Retreat and Conference Centre
225 Masters Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R4A 2A1
(Also promoted here: http://www.stbens.ca/programs/burch.htm)
Here are the guiding spiritual principles behind Burch’s organization:
Our visions of simple living and our mission to promote it are grounded in, and express, a variety of spiritual sensibilities. We prize a diversity of spiritual traditions, beliefs and practices, even as we take up a common work to promote simple, sustainable, and peaceable ways of living. Our practice of simplicity is the deliberate organization of our lives to manifest in the world what we understand to be highest and best in human experience.
It appears that the spiritual, environmental and sustainability goals of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding and their training methods do not seem to be in conflict with the millennium goals of the United Nations (see Two UN Summits – One Millennium Goal: Conforming Humanity to Socialist Solidarity). It’s unfortunate that the Mennonites at CMU may once again be allowing their foundation to be shaped by the world’s view, through the dialectic process, and not from the guiding principles of God’s Word.
[NOTE: the MB Herald regularly advertises and promotes CMU.]
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