culture of peace
The Culture of Peace Committee of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids is committed to educate and advocate on behalf of peace through justice in a nonviolent manner. The congregation’s Corporate Stance for Nuclear Disarmament serves as the foundation for the issues and actions that are selected for attention by the committee.
“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.” ~Thomas Merton
Within this framework, our committee’s main emphasis for 2010-11 is disarmament. We believe along with other Dominicans that “Our country and our world will be safer by the reduction and eventual elimination of all weapons including nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional.”
To that end:
- We have adopted a Corporate Stance on Nuclear Disarmament (11/15/07) and work to make it real in our individual and congregational life by growing into nonviolence in thought, word and deed.
- We advocate our legislators on behalf of disarmament and oppose the development, deployment and sale of costly conventional weapons.
- We educate our members and the broader public on living in a nonviolent manner through workshops and media resources, and we advocate the development of non-violent communication.
- We support the establishment of a cabinet-level Department of Peace within the U.S. federal government.
- We collaborate with other justice groups, for example, the West Michigan Justice and Peace Coalition, in projects such as hosting the Arlington Midwest project on the Marywood Campus in September ’08.
- We sponsored the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Photo Poster Exhibition on the Marywood Campus February 21-March 14, 2010.
- We support and promote the Mayors for Peace organization.
- We support our Dominican family in Iraq.
More on Nuclear and Weapon Disarmament
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