Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Get tickets now for the Cosmic Comic Show Sept. 26th!

Swami Beyondanada, the Cosmic Comic since 1985, will bring his unique and uplifting comedy to Michigan on Friday, September 26th.  The laughter begins at 7 pm. at Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd.  The show is a FUNdraiser for the Citizens for Peace and Unity of Livonia.  Tickets are $20. in advance, or $25. at the door.  For tickets, call 734-425-0079 or 734-421-1760.
Swami Beyondananda is the alter ego of writer, humorist and workshop leader, Steve Bhaerman. The Swami, whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, is the spokesperson for a new non-religion, FUNdamentalism (accent on "fun"). Says the Swami, "We are strictly non-dominational."
Steve was pursuing a career as a teacher and writer, when a funny thing happened. The name "Swami Beyondananda" flew into his head one day in 1979. As Steve tells it, "I got struck by enlightening during a brainstorm."
The following year, when he and a cohort were casting about for a comic mascot for their ground-breaking holistic publication, Pathways in Ann Arbor, Swami's name popped back up.  Pathways was one of the first publications bringing together holistic health, personal growth, spirituality, and politics.
Before long, Swami was the most popular feature in Pathways, as he held forth on topics such as "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sects" ("... unbridled sects can lead to unwanted misconceptions ...") or Tantrum Yoga ("... the latest rage on the path to ire consciousness").
When Steve decided to pursue comedy as a full-time career in 1985, the Swami was the obvious vehicle.
Audiences have delighted in the Swami’s "comedy disguised as wisdom" and "wisdom disguised as comedy".  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the Swami answerable questions, and receive his “questionable answers”. 
He can be found online at www.wakeuplaughing.com.

Youth Promise Act Talk

Ann Abdoo's talk about the Youth Promise Act

Thanks to Ann Abdoo's talk at our meeting, we can all understand the importance of passing the Youth PROMISE Act.

Click HERE to watch her talk.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

September 9th Meeting at 7 pm.

Finding Peace Within … Even in Troubling Times
                                                                 Robert Weir 
“Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.” —Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller
If you want peace on earth, begin in your own country.
If you want peace in your country, begin in your community.
If you want peace in your community, begin in your family.
If you want peace in your family, begin with yourself.
If you want to be peaceful, begin with your own heart.
In February of this year (2014), Robert Weir led us in a discussion of ways to have “love in our hearts and peace in our world.” Through interactive discussion, we listed numerous ways: patience, forgiveness, gratitude, detachment, compassion, humor, respect, trust, and others.
Now, Robert will return with a follow-up presentation with a related theme: “Finding Peace Within … Even in Troubling Times.”

Robert will explore experiences that are both personal and universal. He will lead us in discoveries for physical and spiritual renewal through the wisdom of ancient Oriental traditions, Biblical scripture, and Divine Guidance.
Bring your friends to another uplifting experience with Robert Weir!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Partnerships & Prevention: A Path to Peace

Click HERE for Ron Scott's talk.

Ron Scott, an activist and media personality for over forty years, will discuss his successes at the Citizens for Peace meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7 pm at Unity of Livonia, 26880 Five Mile Rd. Livonia. (East of Middlebelt).
Ron Scott is the spokesperson for Peace Zones for Life, an organization which provides support to Detroit neighborhoods to create safe and viable communities.  They take a holistic approach including residents of all ages, especially the youth, as well as local businesses, religious and government institutions.   Through the practice of Peace Circles, residents are taught methods of conflict resolution, and intervention is taken with youth who have or are at risk of engaging in violent behavior. 
Citizens for Peace member Ann Abdoo will also talk about the Youth PROMISE Act, that when passed by Congress will greatly help organizations like Peace Zones for Life.

Scott is a well-known co-host on CW50 public affairs show, “For My People.” He also was the producer/co-host on WDTW-1310 AM radio program “Fighting for Justice,” and one of the first producers of the public television program “Detroit Black Journal.” Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, founded by Grace Lee and James Boggs.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

“Weaving Life: the Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry

Join us for the film Weaving Life: the Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry.
Dan Terry spent almost 40 years devoted to the people of Afghanistan and was among 10 humanitarian aid workers assassinated in Afghanistan in August 2010. Students at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) made this documentary that includes interviews with Terry’s wife and daughter and breathtaking scenes of Afghanistan. After 13 years of war in Afghanistan, deepen your understanding of this country by viewing it through the eyes of a peacemaker.

Kim Bergier knew Dan Terry as a student at Woodstock boarding school in northern India and will share her experiences in our discussion after the film.                                                           
 All are welcome to this free program.
7 PM. Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Unity of Livonia - 28660 Five Mile Road

Friday, May 16, 2014

Human Trafficking Solutions

Alternatives for Girls

Deena Policicchio will share her 19 years of experience working with exploited young girls and women. She will speak at the Citizens for Peace meeting on Tuesday, June 10th.  The meeting is at 7 pm. at Unity of Livonia (28660 Five Mile Rd). Ms. Policicchio is the Director of the Outreach & Education Services Department at Alternatives For Girls (AFG).

AFG is a Detroit-based nonprofit organization providing services to girls who need respite and resources from predators. These efforts help participants to heal and move forward with their lives. When talking about the girls traumatized by exploitation, Ms Policicchio has stated: “the damage on their psyche is worse than being at war.”

In the last several months, Citizens for Peace have been collecting travel- sized 
toiletries to donate to the Alternatives for Girls. If you would like to contribute, please
bring your donations to the meeting. Bring a friend.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Detroit Success Story

Positive News About Detroit!!

Jon Barth, marketing and outreach director of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, will share his transformational experience that led him to living and working in Detroit.  He has dedicated his career to the city's revitalization and building a healthy and peaceful community in the Springwells Village area of Detroit.

Join us and bring your friends to hear this uplifting presentation at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 13th at Unity of Livonia (28660 Five Mile Road).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Power of Kindness

If you missed Caleb's talk, click on this link to hear it & then go and practice random acts of kindness!

Click HERE

Sergeant Caleb Magnan of the U.S. Army shares about the Power of Kindness at work in his life at the upcoming “Citizens for Peace” meeting in April.
Returning home from deployment from Iraq, he was a changed man.  The person before his mission was not the same person who came back.  Abroad he had an eye-opening experiencing from day one that impacted his life forever.  He saw both good and bad things, which made him a completely different human being.  Caleb went from negative to positive, almost overnight, and has never looked back since by striving to do at least one act of kindness every day he’s alive.
“Since my time overseas, I am a lot more patient, kind and forgiving.  I would never give others the time of day, but now, after being exposed to a path of humility, I make an attempt daily to brighten at least one person’s day through my actions.”
Sgt. Magnan enlisted in the United Stated Military back in 2007 and is still currently serving in the Army National Guard.  He resides in Chesterfield, Michigan with his fiancĂ©, daughter and son.
Come hear his transformational experience at the April 8th meeting at 7 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Also giving a brief presentation will be The Peace Alliance’s National Field Director, Dan Kahn.  The Peace Alliance works to promote leading-edge peacebuilding tools, through legislative advocacy, public education, and community mobilization.

Dan and Student Peace Alliance Coordinator Sally Kaplan are traveling to promote the formation of Peace Alliance Action Teams – citizen groups creating political will for peacebuilding breakthroughs through the power of communication. 

Great Article!!

Matthew Albrecht, Executive Vice President of the Peace Alliance, Get's a Great Article in the Huffington Post!!

Here's the link to his article:

The Leading Edge of Peace