MPACS Bulletin – October 27th – November 10th

Highlights

Events

  • Thursday Peace Talk: “Somatic Skills: Performing Under Pressure”
  • Social justice conference, protest, and nonviolent vigil to close the School of the Americas (SOA)
  • Restorative Justice Week : the Elmira Case screening

Reminders

  • Global Mennonite Peacebuilding A Conference and Festival – Call for Proposals
  • Now accepting applications for the 2016 Canadian School of Peacebuilding

Job Opportunities

  • Fullbright Canada Career Opportunity
  • World Renew Opportunities
  • Romero House Internship

Events

Thursday Peace Talk: “Somatic Skills: Performing Under Pressure”
When: October 29th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Location: Room 1301
Workshop with Steven Kotev about maintain calm in the middle of stressfull places. Somatic skills focus on developing the physical skills necessary to manage more effectively the physiological stress experienced during conflict situations.

Social Justice Conference, protest, and nonviolent vigil to close the School of the Americas (SOA)

Join thousands of activists from across the Americas to participate in the social justice conference, protest, and nonviolent vigil to close the School of the 1-soa-watch (2)Americas (SOA). The SOA/WHINSEC is a military training base located at Ft. Benning that has trained over 65,000 Latin American soldiers in counter-insurgency, interrogation, and torture. Graduates then return to their home countries and have been linked to some of the worst human rights abuses in the region (such as the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador), targeting student leaders, union organizers, community defenders, and others who are working for the rights of the poor. It is a unique experience to be in solidarity with victims of oppression, to be inspired by speakers and musicians, to be educated via workshops, films and discussions, to be one with a large number of like-minded people who are also against violence and war. Students from KW have been participating in this trip for years and have consistently described it as a transformative and exceptional experience.

The bus will leave on Thursday, November 19 at 9:00am from Grebel and return on Monday, November 23 around 1:00pm.

The trip will cost approximately $280, which includes transportation, accommodation and some meals.

The deadline to sign up is Monday, November 9th by contacting Rachel Reist by email at rreist@uwaterloo.ca or in the PACS office. For more information, visit soaw.org/november or come by and chat with Rachel.

Restorative Justice Week : The Elmira Case screening

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Location: Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome’s

Time/date: 4:30 PM Friday November 20

Its free of charge, and there will be food!

On November 20, the CPA is partnering with St. Jerome’s on a Restorative Justice week event.

We will be holding a screening of “The Elmira Case” film (about 17 minutes long), followed by a panel discussion (with audience participation) featuring the probation officers in the film (Mark Yantzi and Russ Kelly), as well as an ‘intro/overview’ of Restorative Justice by Chris Cowie, Executive Director of CJI.  Light refreshments will be served.

Reminders

Global Mennonite Peacebuilding A Conference and Festival – Call for Proposals

June 9-12, 2016 Conrad Grebel University College Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

This conference and festival will bring together academics, practitioners, artists, and church workers from around the world, to dialogue and reflect on Mennonite peacebuilding accomplishments, failures, challenges, and opportunities in varied international settings, past and present. Its purpose is: to explore traditions and contemporary expressions of Anabaptist/Mennonite peace beliefs and practices; to bring together academics and practitioners to learn from each other; to give expression to peacebuilding ideals through the arts; to assess and re-envision Mennonite peacebuilding practise.

The planners encourage proposals that situate specific subjects within the framework of global Mennonite peacebuilding. Topics and themes might include: restorative justice; conscientious objection; women’s rights; biblical/theological perspectives; questions of power; nonviolent direct action; grassroots and other peacebuilding initiatives; inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue; indigenous and race relations; creation care; peace education; domestic and sexual violence; queering peace; historical case studies; peace in the arts; community-building; conflict sensitive economic development; or identity-based conflict.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: This Call invites submissions for the following:

Individual proposals: 20-minute paper presentations on topics relevant to the conference, which will be placed into thematic sessions by the organizers.

Paper panels: An organized session of 3-4 paper presentations on a theme relevant to the conference.

Artistic contributions: Proposals for the presentation of the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Workshops: Informal and interactive sessions of 1.5 hours that emphasize networking, brainstorming, conversation or training on a topic relevant to the conference.

Your submission should be a brief description (250 word per individual presenter) of your proposal, as well as a one-page (or less) CV or biographical detail.

WHO CAN SUBMIT: academics, artists, practitioners, church workers, students, activists, etc.

HOW: Please submit your proposal by email in PDF or Word to: gmpgrebel@uwaterloo.ca

The priority deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015. The final deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.

Questions can be directed to organizing committee co-chairs: Dr. Marlene Epp or Dr. Reina Neufeldt

Check out the website for more information

Now accepting applications for the 2016 Canadian School of Peacebuilding

We would like to invite you to join us at the 8th annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), which will be held June 13-17 and 20-24, 2016, in Winnipeg, Canada. Registration is now available online or using our PDF forms at csop.cmu.ca/registration/.

We welcome anyone who is interested in growing as a peacebuilder – local and international, young and old, students, practioners and those brand-new to peacebuilding.

As one CSOP participant has said, “CSOP is an incredible opportunity to learn across faith traditions, cultural understandings, and rural and urban settings.  Here, the world comes alive in the classroom, and one is inspired to live differently even after stepping foot out of the classroom.”

Our five-day courses this year, as always, touch on a range of topics, including indigenous stories, restorative justice, community development, trauma healing, biblical healing, arts and peacebuilding and peace skills.  We’ve brought back some our our best instructors and we’re bringing in other world-class instructors who will be at the CSOP for the first time this year.

If you aren’t quite ready to sign up for a course, consider downloading our Peacebuilder’s Toolbox: 52 Online Resources for Peace Work  (free) or purchasing our CSOP book, Voices of Harmony and Dissent: How Peacebuilders are Changing Their Worlds (available in print or e-book versions).

If you have any questions or want more information, check out our website or send us an e-mail.We hope you will join us in June for a week (or two) of learning, connecting and renewal.

Valerie Smith and Wendy Kroeker

CSOP Co-Directors

csop.cmu.ca

csop@cmu.ca

Job Opportunities

Fulbright Canada Career Opportunity

Position: Program Officer – External Relations Location: Fulbright Canada Offices, Ottawa

Closing Date: November 6, 2015 Terms: Continuing Appointment, Renewed Annually

Level: Early Career

Position Summary

The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America is looking to hire an energetic, self-starting individual to manage the outreach file, provide leadership and support to Fulbright and Killam alumni, and take charge of our active and varied international recruitment efforts. The successful candidate will have exceptional presentation and writing skills, a strong outgoing personality, and an ability to work with individuals at all levels and from all walks of life. The successful candidate will be comfortable working in a highly interactive and dynamic multi-purpose environment. They will be competent, and creative in all areas of partnership building, including social networking, media relations, and relationship building.

World Renew Opportunities

World Renew currently has four position opportunities.If you are interested please feel free to apply on-line at www.worldrenew.net/careers or www.crcna.org/get-involved and/or they can make contact with Doreen Hoogvliets (dhoogvliets@worldrenew.net) or Teresa Jones Recruitment Coordinator for CRCNA (tjones@crcna.org).

Administrative Assistant

Parental Leave

World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a part time temporary opening for an Administrative Assistant on the Constituency Relations team, based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  The incumbent will initiate relevant ideas, and upon approval, set up related programs in and provide administrative support for the Constituency Relations (CORE) team in Canada, including the Church Relations sub-team.  The incumbent in this position works cooperatively with other CORE team members.  Please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers or www.crcna.org/get-involved for more information.  To apply, please submit your current resume, and a cover letter indicating your related skills and experience tolchiarot@worldrenew.net.  Application deadline is November 5, 2015.

Program Manager

Parental Leave

World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a full time temporary opening for a Program Manager on the International Disaster Response team, based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  The main foci of this position are to manage and strengthen the International Relief Manager (IRM) Program, support CRC church and volunteer groups involved in Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects, develop and realize the Disaster Response Team’s constituency communication and promotion objectives in cooperation with the Constituency Relations (CORE) team.  Please visit our website atwww.worldrenew.net/careers or www.crcna.org/get-involved for more information.  To apply, please submit your current resume, and a cover letter indicating your related skills and experience to lchiarot@worldrenew.net.  Application deadline is November 16, 2015.

Office Coordinator, Disaster Response Services (DRS)

World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a part time opening for an Office Coordinator on World Renew’s Disaster Response Team.  This position is based in Byron Center, Michigan, U.S.A. and will support the Disaster Response Services (DRS) team through the coordination of office processes and procedures including communications, volunteer team reporting and management, supporting long-term reconstruction and rapid response, and event coordination.  For more information and to apply, please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers and www.crcna.org/get-involved.  Application deadline is November 5, 2015.

East Africa Ministry Team Leader, Uganda or Kenya

World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a full time opening for a Team Leader based in Uganda or Kenya for the regional East Africa ministry team.  We require someone to provide overall direction, regional and administrative leadership to ensure team organization, team development, and team performance and represent the regional ministry team (MT) to the World Renew agency directors, teams, denominational (CRCNA) agencies and institutions, and external organizations.  Please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers or www.crcna.org for more information; to apply, submit your current resume and a cover letter indicating your related skills and experience to sshaheen@worldrenew.net.  Application deadline is November 16, 2015.

Romero House Internship

Romero House seeks young people committed to social justice for full-time internship programs in Toronto. Room, board, and a stipend are provided

Welcome Refugees, Live in a Community and Develop new skills

To apply, or for more information, please email:

internship@romerohouse.org

www.romerohouse.org – 416 763 1303


If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a shout! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Maia Fujimoto PACS Communications Assistant Our mailing address is: Pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca

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