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

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Spirit of Survival Highlighted at the Citizens for Peace Meeting

Hear an Amazing Story from an Inspirational Woman on March 11th! 

Here is the link to Irene's Talk. Thank you Irene!

Irene Miller

A story of survival through the eyes of a child as she and her family fled from one hell to another in escaping from the Nazis during WWII is recounted by Irene Miller at the Citizens for Peace meeting Tuesday, March 11th at Unity of Livonia (28660 Five Mile).
Irene Miller, a West Bloomfield resident, shares her and her family’s spirit of survival in her book Into No Man’s Land: A Historical Memoir, which will be available for sale at the meeting. 

She describes in vivid detail her family’s harrowing experiences, as part of some 300,000 Polish Jews who escaped to the Soviet Union from 1939 – 1941. Her personal account of the escape, life in a Siberian labor camp, an impoverished village in Uzbekistan, an orphanage, and life in Israel are highlighted.

Irene’s determination and perseverance led her to getting a double Master’s degree, and a career in hospital administration. Her compassion motivated her to work for civil rights, and help women with substance abuse issues.

Irene serves on the board of the American Jewish Committee, volunteers as a court mediator, and speaks at the Holocaust Memorial Center of Farmington Hills.
“In my small way, I work to make the world a better place for all”, says Irene in the epilogue of her book.

Meet this extraordinary woman at the March 11th meeting at 7 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Monday, February 17, 2014

What a Great Start to a Year of Peace!

We have had two outstanding speakers to start us off on another great year of working for peace!

If you missed either meeting, or would like to hear our speakers again, click on the links below.

Thanks Kevin 'Mr. Peace' for recording our meetings!


Reverend Rich Peacock Talk
How to Turn MLK’s Dream into a Reality
Citizens for Peace Meeting January14, 2014

Robert Weir Talk
Love in Our Hearts: Peace in Our World
Citizens for Peace Meeting on February 11, 2014

Sunday, February 09, 2014

February 11th Meeting with Robert Weir

Love in our Hearts: Peace in our World

                            World traveler and writer

 Robert Weir
Will lead the discussion:
“What do we look like when we have love in our hearts?”
“What does peace look like in real life?”

For as much as we might wish for others to have peace and for as much as we might attempt to force peace on others, ultimately, we are responsible only for our inner peace. Peace in our hearts. Love in our hearts.
When we have peace within, our hearts become like a radiator of love. We radiate the peace of love, our love for peace.
We detach from outcomes, expectations, and frustrations. We accept others whether they have love in their hearts or not. We love our neighbors. We love our perceived enemies. We do unto others as we would have them do unto us. We become peace, an instrument of peace.
We know this conceptually. Many have written about this in songs, poems, and literature. But what does peace within look like in real life? What do we look like and how do we look when we have love in our hearts?
Join an insightful discussion of these questions at the monthly Citizens for Peace meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
Robert Weir, a renowned world traveler, writer, and book editor, will lead the discussion. He will share stories of relationship challenges within himself and with his family. He will ask you to share your stories—if you want to. Or listen, observe, comment. Or simply be present. In whatever way you choose, be an instrument of peace.
Then leave with a greater peace within, a greater peace in your heart, a greater love to radiate to the world.  
The meeting begins at 7 pm at Unity of Livonia located at 28660 Five Mile Rd.
For more information call Colleen at 734-425-0079.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Season for Nonviolence Series

about ways to leave a nonviolent and peaceful world for our children.

The Citizens for Peace is commemorating the Season for Nonviolence* with a three-part series on understanding the power of nonviolence as described in Dr. Michael Nagler’s  book, “The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World”.  Each session will be interactive with discussion, and viewing short videos or You Tube segments on Nagler’s book**.  The benefits of attending will be a deeper understanding of the principles of nonviolence, learning strategies that have worked, and applying these in your personal life.

WHEN:     Feb. 13, Mar. 13, April 10, 2014 (Second Thursdays)
                   7:00 to 8:30 PM – This Series is free to the public.

WHERE:    Livonia Civic Center Library (Michigan Room)
                    32777 Five Mile Road
                    Livonia, MI  48154

WHO:        Sponsored by the Citizens for Peace.  For information contact                                                  248-476-0791 or

Thursday, February 13 – Nonviolence:  Understanding the Basics – a video overview of the basics and principles of nonviolence by Michael Nagler.  Question to be explored:  Which is human nature, violence or nonviolence?  Facilitated by Rosemary Doyle and Sally Peck.
Thursday, March 13 – The Myths and Power of Nonviolence – watch Nagler videos describing the myths of nonviolence, the three faces of power (Kenneth Boulding), and events from history when nonviolence worked. Question to be explored: What are the barriers to living a nonviolent life, inside and out?  Facilitated by Nancy Lightbody and Rosemary Doyle.

Thursday, April 10 – A Clear Picture of Peace and Compassion – two short videos of Michael Nagler describing peace in our thoughts and language as the way to creating a peaceful world and saving our planet. Question to be explored: Do we individually have the potential of creating a peaceful, compassionate world?  Facilitated by Carole Kersten and Colleen Mills.

* To honor the 2014 Season for Nonviolence, co-founded by the M.K. Gandhi Institute for
Nonviolence and The Association for Global New Thought, which focuses attention on the philosophy of attaining peace through nonviolent action as demonstrated by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.  It was launched in 1998.
** To view chapter summaries of Nagler’s book, go to; then type in the space
      bar “The Search for a Nonviolent Future”.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

How to turn MLK's Dream into a Reality

First Citizens for Peace Meeting of 2014

Rev. Rich Peacock
  (Martin Luther King, Jr. "Drum Major for Justice” Award Winner)

     will recommend ways to overcome MLK’s giant triplets of
racism, materialism, and militarism.

Join us at Unity of Livonia at 7 pm. for this presentation. 

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."  -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4, 1967