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Information for all events, unless otherwise noted: Voluntown Peace Trust, 539 Beach Pond Rd/Rte 165 in Voluntown
Phone (860) 376-9970
Annual Membership Meeting
Schedule for Saturday, Nov. 2
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Annual Membership Meeting
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Peaceful Walk with The Last Green Valley
Come reacquaint yourself with our property and community, discuss plans for the coming year, and begin or renew your membership.
- Participate in the election of Board of Directors (members only)
- Meet Dan Park, our new outreach and communications worker
- Catch up with old friends and make new ones at our potluck
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about what to bring
Peaceful Walk with The Last Green Valley
Come explore our historic 54-acre property, discuss our plans for the coming year, and begin or renew your membership.
We will have a potluck lunch, a Peaceful Walk with the Last Green Valley, and more!
- Learn about community land trusts and land preservation
- Tour the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Swann House
- Walk the labyrinth and step inside the yurt
- Discover the Bridge Fey art piece and Bliven Brook along our nature trail
Aside from our Annual Membership Meeting, we have more public events coming up this month.
We hope to see you at one of them!
Thursday, November 14
Bread & Bowls fundraiser
(see the flyer below for details)
Country Queers of SECT monthly potluck dinner
All queer folks welcome!
This is a new group meeting on the first Sunday of each month at VPT.
Join on the Country Queers Facebook group for details and to RSVP:
Annual Membership Meeting November 3, 2018
In 1962 Bob Swann wrote a “Trust Agreement” to create the Voluntown Peace Trust, to be held in perpetuity for the purpose of promoting world peace through education and other means. In 1969 Bob helped create New Communities, a land trust to secure economic independence for Black Farmers in Georgia. Now there are over 260 community land trusts in the U.S., and the Voluntown Peace Trust is once again promoting the preservation of land for affordable housing, farms and urban food production and community centers. VPT is helping start a community land trust in New London, and setting up a Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust to support these efforts throughout the region.
We will show the 22 minute film “Arc of Justice: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of a Beloved Community”
Discussion about New Communities, and the issues it raises including racism, the importance of farmland controlled by people of color, working as allies, community ownership of land and how this work can help avoid climate disaster. Bishop John Selders of Moral Monday CT and the Poor People's Campaign will VPT Board Members in this discussion.
Please let us know if you are coming so we can plan. We will provide a vegetarian soup, people are invited to bring bread, fruit, desserts, etc if you can. Email: Kathleen.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
We also look forward to having you participate in programs, become a member, and volunteer - we are confident you will find it an enriching experience in community with others seeking peace.
Even if you are unable to join us, we hope you can find a way to support and work with the Voluntown Peace Trust and let us know how we can support you. You can find more information at www.voluntownpeacetrust.org.
The first Songs of Freedom and Struggle took place at the Community for Nonviolent Action (now the Voluntown Peace Trust) in Eastern Connecticut, in June of 1977. It was organized by the CNVA staff Charlie King, Joanne McGloin, Joanne Sheehan and Rick Gaumer and was attended by roughly 75 musicians and songwriters. Songs of Freedom and Struggle gatherings continued and grew into the People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle (PMN) which continues to this day. Charlie King remains an active member of PMN, and Joanne Sheehan and Rick Gaumer, who are active VPT members, cater the PMN weekend gatherings. We are bringing it back home by hosting a one-day gathering to share and learn and listen to political music in Voluntown. Read more ... "A Brief History of the People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle", by Helene Newberg.
On February 22, 2014, YOU have a unique opportunity to participate in a day-long or half-day event at The Voluntown Peace Trust with SFS musicians and Charlie King ... AND eat good food prepared by Joanne Sheehan and Rick Gaumer (Pacifeast Caterers). All for a discounted price! Download a poster here. See schedule below.
Package A Saturday, February 22, Full Day - Starts at 9:30 AM and includes:
* Admission to day-long event, Songs of Freedom & Struggle ~ Bringing It All Back Home, February 22, 2014, Voluntown, CT, morning workshops, Remembering Pete : A Pete Seeger Singalong, late afternoon performance, “It Isn't Nice: A History of Nonviolence in the U.S.” an historical performance piece with images, readings and songs, evening round robin and two good meals (lunch and dinner).
$40 per person
Purchase package A
Package B Saturday, February 22, Half Day - Starts at 2:00 PM and includes:
* Admission to afternoon events, Remembering Pete : A Pete Seeger Singalong, Songs of Freedom & Struggle ~ Bringing It All Back Home, February 22, 2014, Voluntown, CT, late afternoon performance, “It Isn't Nice: A History of Nonviolence in the U.S.” an historical performance piece with images, readings and songs, evening round robin and one good meal (dinner).
$20 per person
Purchase package B
SCHEDULE ~ SONGS OF FREEDOM AND STRUGGLE GATHERING.
*9:30-10:00 am Registration, meeting folks, Refreshments
*10:00 - 10:45 am Opening Music and Introductions
*10:45 - 12:30 pm Workshops for musicians, singers and songwriters.
Climate Crisis Song Swap-Ben Grosscup; Love in Action: Songs
That Inspire-Marcia Taylor; Economic Inequality Song
*12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch by Pacifeast Caterers
*2:00 - 3:30 pm Remembering Pete : A Seeger Singalong
*3:30 pm Free time/ Open Space workshops
*4:30 pm “It Isn't Nice: A History of Nonviolence in the U.S.”, an
historical performance piece with images, readings and
songs by Charlie King and Marcia Taylor.
*6:00 pm Dinner by Pacifeast Caterers
*7:30 pm Round Robin
Coming from afar? Want to come early and/or stay later?
Friday Night SFS B&B (Saturday Pancake Breakfast) is $40 per person.
Saturday Night SFS B&B (Sunday Eggs 'n Bagels Breakfast) is $40 per person.
Stay both nights for $75 per person.
If you eschew online purchasing, please call or email The Voluntown Peace Trust to make your reservations for January 17/February 22 Songs of Struggle and Freedom program and arrange for payment.
860 376 9970 or email@example.com
Sponsored by Friday Night Folk at All Souls & The Voluntown Peace Trust ~ Catering by Pacifeasts.
Come to the Voluntown Peace Trust Sunday October 30 for a Peaceful Walk from 1pm-2:30 to 2:30. Explore historic 54 acre land trust and sustainable resource center. Feel the magic of the lush moss-floored forest including the Bridge Fey art piece, Bliven Brook, pine stands, and creations by Nature Connection kids. Walk the labyrinth and check out the yurt, sit in the peace garden, visit beehives.
Part of The Last Green Valley's Walktober Event.
November 6 rain date.
Friday November 11, 2016
6pm potluck—7pm movie
Suggested donation: $5
Co-sponsor: Fossil Free RI
“As the world melts under our feet, we must find the best way for our journey.”
After the screening we'll have a Q & A with filmmaker and environmental scientist Stephen A. Smith who, with his co-workerJulia Szucs, chronicled life in the Arctic for two remote communities linked by a migration from Baffin Island to Greenland.
The evening is also a fund raiser for the FERC4 activists, who will go on trial in D.C.for their arrest during a week-long protest last May, the Rubber Stamp Rebellion.
Instead of FERC4, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC, should be on trial. This agency implements the flawed U.S. energy policy, that ignores the fact that natural gas—both in its fracked and conventional varieties—is worse for global warming than coal and oil. Of course, this policy also ignores the public health and environmental risks to which it subjects the communities on the front lines of the United States of Fracking.
FERC is an industry-owned, regulatory body that rubber-stamps nearly all proposals for fracked gas infrastructure expansion. One of the current commissioners and a former chair person of FERC is Cheryl LaFleur, an ex-CEO of National Grid. FERC is "self-funded:" it raises its funds through annual charges to the natural gas, oil, and electric industries it "regulates."
The Rubber Stamp Rebellion organized by BXE (Beyond Extreme Energy) targetted FERC at its headquarters in D.C. and seven activists were arrested. Three settled out of court. The trial date for the remaining four is currently set for December 8. Attorney and advisor at the jury trial will be Mark Goldstone, who is in this picture together with five activists who were arrested during Democracy Spring, an event organized to end the corruption of big money in politics. Mark has a long, distinguished career as civil resistance attorney. He has worked for many of the "usual suspects:" Veterans for Peace defending retired Naval Commander Leah Bolger and Art Laffin with his fellow activists of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in D.C. to name just a few.
Steve Smith and Peter Nightingale, a physicist and one of the FERC4, will explain the connections between the melting of the Arctic and the disastrous U.S. energy policy, aka the methane bridge to nowhere, implemented by FERC.
2012 Events @VPT
Dedication of a Labyrinth
In Memory of Rev. Emmett Jarrett, TSSF
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Voluntown Peace Trust, Voluntown, CT.
Luncheon, with speakers, at 12:00 Noon ~ catered by Pacifeasts.
Dedication at 1:00 PM, followed by Dessert and Conversation.
For the dedication, please feel free to bring a rock (oblong, brick-size is ideal) from somewhere which is special to you. These rocks will be used to line the labyrinth path.
"Emmett's commitment to the Voluntown Peace Trust was expressed in his willingness to undertake being the chair of the VPT board at a time of major transition in the management of this venerable movement-based property. And his last public act as a priest was to bless the peace pilgrims as they set out in the fall of 2010 just before he died. So we hope that many of you will participate in the October 5 Labyrinth Dedication in Voluntown. Contributions can be sent to us made out to “St. Francis House” with memo “VPT - In Memory of Emmett” and we will pass on a single check to VPT on October 5. We will gladly send anyone who asks for it a copy of Broad Street Blues with or without a donation! But do try to give generously and let your col-leagues in ministry know of this opportunity to celebrate peace, honor Emmett and Keep on Walking!" Read the special issue of The Troubador to learn more about the importance of your financial contribution to this event.
June 1, 2013 ~ Annual Meeting
At our Annual meeting this year, we will be dedicating the Yurt, just north of the Muste Center, on the historic grounds of VPT.
More details here.
Saturday, May 4, 2013, Training for Strategic Nonviolent Direct Action
We are pleased to announce an Introductory Training for Strategic Nonviolent Direct Action taking place on Saturday, May 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the awesome Voluntown Peace Trust in Voluntown, Connecticut.
This training is designed to give participants an introduction to strategic nonviolent direct action (NVDA) within the frame of stepping up efforts in Connecticut and Rhode Island in the fight for climate justice.
Although this is an introductory training we encourage people with varying levels of experience to apply. Also, this training is applicable for people with no background in climate activism or organizing.
Who: You and other people committed to climate justice!
What: Training for Strategic Nonviolent Direct Action
Where: The Voluntown Peace Trust in eastern Connecticut
When: Saturday, May 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Why: Time is running out!
With hope, this training will mark the beginning of a series of cumulative trainings offered throughout the summer (and beyond). If you know anyone that may be interested in attending please encourage them to apply.
If you have questions about this training, or if you can't attend this but would like to be kept informed of future trainings, please send an email to Joanne Sheehan.
January 12, 2013, VPT Participates in the One Million Bones Project!
Here's a link to our One Million Bones video.
Check out VPT photos on the One Million Bones website.
Friday, October 19th, 2012
The Voluntown Peace Trust Land Stewards will be hosting the movie
Queen of the Sun, What are the bees telling us?
A. J. Muste Conference Center
Potluck at 6pm followed by the movie at 7pm
$5.00 suggested donation
Sunday, Oct 14th, 2012, Walktober
The Voluntown Peace Trust will be part of "Walktober", the 'Last Green Valley's' event showcasing Connecticut's historical and scenic treasures!
Explore different land use practices from a 1700s historic farm, to a turn of the century Finnish camp, to the more recent community for non-violence.
A walk through the farm's 54 acres includes pine stands, brook crossings, and a lush moss-floored hemlock stand.
1 easy mile.
Rain date 10/21
Saturday, September 29, 2012, Dedication of the Gandhi Reading Room
featuring Chuck Matthei's collection of books on nonviolence
click here for details!
2012 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PURCHASE OF THE FARM FOR THE WORK OF THE NEW ENGLAND COMMUNITY FOR NONVIOLENT ACTION (CNVA).
4th of July, 2012, INTERdependence Day
At the Voluntown Peace Trust Farm, it was a day of smelling flowers, listening to stories and singing songs, sharing wisdom from times past and celebrating our INTERDEPENDENCE!
Celebrating revolutionary America’s 236th, CNVA’s 50th and Bayard Rustin’s 100th!
Some of the things we enjoyed:
-- Peace Labyrinth, ‘60s Book/Poster Sale, Exhibit, Disc-Golf, swim at Beach Pond, or sit just quietly….
-- History Tours: Farmhouse to Muste, Swann, gardens, woods, cabins
-- Celebrating Nonviolent Revolutionaries with VPT/CNVA’s Joanne Sheehan, “Ben Frankly” (aka Lauren Churchill), Mandy Carter (Bayard Rustin Centennial National Coordinator), & JOYCE KATZBERG “changing the world one song at a time” + Birthday Cupcakes/watermelon!
-- Ferdinand the Bull play-time: sit under a cork tree with Munro Leaf’s classic bull who wouldn’t fight, make flowers, talk about not bullying, not fighting, and make a play with Mystic Paper Beast costumes.
then: Ferdinand: the Play, followed by more music with Joyce!
-- No-Bull supper by PaciFeast veggie catering (RSVP), BONFIRE, songs and stories of our 50-year history of activism at VPT…
See INTERdependence Day artwork and photos here
June 16, 2012, Annual Meeting
At our Annual meeting this year, we will be dedicating the Herbie Diaz Cabin located behind Ahimsa on the lovely grounds of VPT.
June 13, 2012, A SOCIOCRACY CIRCLE AT VPT
Potluck at 6, discussion at 7
(free-will donation of $5 for use of A. J. Muste Center)
What is Sociocracy?
Sociocracy is a method of designing harmonious organizations, workplaces and associations in which each member is valued equally. It is based on creating self-optimizing systems that are effective and productive. The principles and practices were developed by Gerard Endenburg based on:
READ MORE: follow this link, and see where it takes you: www.sociocracy.info
Come for a talking circle about your experience with consensus decision-making, informal or formal, and consider this new/old idea: Sociocracy, or “Dynamic Governance.” Kit and Jane Johnson will share what they learned at a John Buck/Jerry Gonzales workshop with co-housing groups in New Haven. If there is interest in further exploration, we might bring one of their trainings to Voluntown.
April 21, 2012, Earth Day at the VPT
Noon - 4ish
Come help us plant apple trees, build a bluebird house to take home, tour the fields and paths, make a labyrinth, and early garden seed-sowing!
Events Sponsored By Others
HUSH ~ HOLISTIC UNIVERSAL SOUND HEALING
A Vibrational Meditation with Linda & Peter Jacques
The healing vibrations and frequencies of the gongs and crystal bowls have the ability to go into our cellular structure and rearrange our molecules, affecting us at the deepest cellular levels. Through sound healing we are able to release and dissolve blockages in our system, thus creating a resonance that is in harmony with the whole being.
Please join us to experience the healing resonance for yourself!
Place: Voluntown Peace Trust, Route 165, 539 Beach Pond Road.
When: Thursday evenings, 6:30 pm - Please arrive early to settle in.
Dates: We meet the third Thursday of each month
Please no scents or perfume.
Bring water, something soft and comfortable for the floor or anti gravity chair, pillow, blanket, eye covering if you like it dark.
Call VPT 860-376-9970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information:
Call Linda 860-428-2097 or email email@example.com
Learn about recent WRI Conference in Cape Town, South Africa and join us for dinner!
On Saturday evening, August 2, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., five members of the War Resisters League who just returned from the War Resisters' International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa will report on their trip.
You are invited to come and hear their stories and meet War Resisters League staff and National Committee members.
The Conference “Small Actions, Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence” < http://wri-irg.org/southafrica2014 > was attended by people from 60 countries and opened by Bishop Tutu.
If you would like to join us for dinner at 6:30 you are welcome!
We ask that you let us know so we can have food for you (write firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, July 30) and that you give us a donation to cover the meal.