12th Annual Abraham Festival

Desiring Peace
April 17th & 19th, 2015

Annual Worship Services:

Muslim Jummah Prayers: Friday, April 17th 1:00 p.m. Fleming College, Sutherland Campus,  599 Brealey Drive (Free Visitor Parking)

Jewish Shabbat Prayers: Friday, April 17th 6:00 p.m. Beth Israel Synagogue, 775 Weller St.Men should wear a head covering (Provided at the door)

Christian Worship: Sunday, April 19th 11:00 a.m. St. Andrew’s United Church, 441 Rubidge St.


Vegetarian Feast & Peace-building Workshop: Sunday, April 19th

Vegetarian Potluck 12:00 p.m. St. Andrews United Church Dining Hall

Please bring a labeled vegetarian dish to share – contributions can be dropped off before the Christian Worship to dining hall kitchen.  Avoid common allergens and if possible label ingredients.

Peace-building Workshop: How to Protect Non-Violently

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Gianne Broughton and Ruth Hillman

In this interactive workshop, participants will get a taste of the possibilities of peace, and will strengthen their own conflict resolution skills.  In places where armed violence is common, is it possible to protect oneself and others without arms? Can the experience of peace-builders in dire situations help us live together safely and peacefully in Canada?

Everyone Welcome! All events are free to attend.  Donations are greatly appreciated.


Meet our facilitators:

Ruth Hillman has been involved with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) since 1991. She has helped lead workshops in countries where there are different kinds of conflict such as Haiti, Russia, Cuba, India and Mexico as well as in various situations in Canada and the US including prisons and schools.
Gianne Broughton, a graduate of Trent University, was co-ordinator for the Quaker Peace and Sustainable Communities program of Canadian Friends Service Committee for 15 years. During that time, she provided administrative and planning support to community-based peacebuilding groups in some of the most difficult places in the world: D. R. Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda; Cambodia; Palestine/Israel. She was not doing the face-to-face peacebuilding work herself, but was required to learn about local conflicts from the community-level point of view, and to understand the strategies that local peacebuilders have chosen. From this experience, she was able to formulate a model for thinking about peacebuilding practice. The model is explained, with many concrete examples, in her 2013 book, Four Elements of Peacebuilding: How to protect non-violently.



2015 Program

2015 Program

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