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Blue Water Season for Nonviolence

Unity of Blue Water will coordinate local events for 2017

The Season for Nonviolence was inspired globally by the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and carries their vision for a nonviolent world that honors the dignity and worth of all. The Season was introduced locally in 1998 by Rev. Julie Montague, then founding minister of Unity of Blue Water and currently serving as full time minister here. This year's local campaign is spearheaded by Anne Miller of Unity and runs from Jan. 30 to April 4.

 

 

Mayor Pauline Repp, right, presents a proclamation
for the Blue Water Area Season for Nonviolence to
Paul and Anne Miller at the Port Huron City Council
meeting on Jan. 23, 2017.

 

See photo highlights from the Opening Ceremony on Jan. 30.

 

CURRENT LOCAL SCHEDULE
As of March 5, 2017

 

Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Opening Ceremony at Unity of Blue Water
A variety of local groups and individuals will come together to celebrate the launch of this year’s exciting 64-day season with an inspiring program of special music, readings on peace and nonviolence, and announcements of local commitments. Paul Miller, host of the WPHM Morning Show, will be master of ceremonies for the opening ceremony. Musical performers will include the group Ruby Hill and other local artists.

Feb. 1 to 22  Radical Forgiveness Class offered at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Unity of Blue Water.
Learn this safe, non-threatening and powerful healing process that can produce extraordinary results. Learn more.

Thursday, Feb. 16 Drumming Circle at 7 p.m. Unity of Blue Water.
Come drum for peace with Maurice Doan and Rev. Julie
. Bring your own drums and rhythm instruments, or use the extra instruments provided.

 

FILM SERIES - FOR PEACE & NONVIOLENCE
Presented by Blue Water Pax Christi at
7 p.m.

Friday nights at St. Stephens Parish Center, 325 32nd St., Port Huron; Room 105 of school.
Wednesday nights at St. Clair County Main Library, upstairs room.

Friday, March 3 Franz Jagerstatter -  Man of Conscience
Now beatified - a short documentary on the life of this WWII martyr who refused to fight for Hitler. (24 minutes)
Merton: A Film Biography
Acclaimed review of the Trappist monk who confronted the Cold War by his prayer and writings. (57 minutes)

Friday, March 10 Memory of the Camps
PBS documentary on the shockingly terrible reality of the Holocaust of WWII, directed remarkably in part by Alfred Hitchcock. (60 minutes)

Friday, March 17 American Violet
Docudrama of the struggle in a Texas town between a young black mother with her interracial lawyers, and a law enforcement system prejudiced against the black and poor. (103 minutes)

Wednesday, March 22 Guns, Drugs and the CIA
The lamentable history of how morality has been bent many times by our government to achieve transient political victories in foreign countries. A PBS documentary. (60 minutes)

Wednesday, March 29 The Inheritance
A brief history of the labor movement in the USA, emphasizing the solidarity between different immigrants, and races, that made their accomplishments possible.

 

Thursday, March 23 Drumming Circle at 7 p.m. Unity of Blue Water.
Come drum for peace with Maurice Doan and Rev. Julie
. Bring your own drums and rhythm instruments, or use the extra instruments provided.

Saturday, April 1 Concert featuring Lost Cuzzins and Mustard's Retreat
7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 723 Court St., Port  Huron.
Learn more.

 

Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. A Season for Nonviolence Closing Ceremony at Unity of Blue Water
Featuring music by Still Running. Plus Imagination Jam.  Learn more.

 


JOIN OUR LOCAL CAMPAIGN
The Blue Water Area community is encouraged to participate in the 64-day Season. It is an opportunity to join in generating a powerful wave of goodwill to make a difference in our world.
Area groups or individuals are invited to submit programs and projects in the spirit of the Season for Nonviolence. These will added to our local schedule of events and promoted to the public throughout the season. Your program can be presented at your location or at Unity of Blue Water if you wish.

To propose or announce an event, email urwelcome@unityofbluewater.org or call 810-982-2820.

 

BACKGROUND
The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence (SNV) commences for the 20th consecutive year on January 30, 2017 in cities across the globe. The annual 64-day campaign, co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), is an educational, media and grassroots awareness campaign spanning the January 30th and April 4th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The purpose of the campaign is to focus educational and media attention on the philosophy of attaining peace through nonviolent action as demonstrated by legendary leaders Mohandas K. Gandhi, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar E. Chavez, and President Nelson Mandela, as well as living legends such as His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Spiritually guided citizen leaders in 900 cities in 67 countries have participated since the campaign began in 1998.

 

Listen to the Jan. 26 Paul Miller WPHM Morning show interview with Anne & Rev. Julie


RESOURCES FROM AGNT to put The Season into practice:

Daily Practices for Teens

Daily Practices for Children

Daily Curriculum Booklet

Peace Mandala

Practicing Nonviolence with Gandhi

Daily Comprehensive Reflections

Daily Commitments

52 Weekly Practices