Voluntown Peace Trust Events
Information for all events, unless otherwise noted: Voluntown Peace Trust, 539 Beach Pond Rd/Rte 165 in Voluntown
Phone (860) 376-9970
Members and Friends Gathering
Saturday, February 10th ~ 10 am to 12 noon followed by lunchJoins us to:
- learn how our history and our mission connects with major anniversaries this Spring;
- see old friends and new; and,
- reconnect with how you can partner with Voluntown Peace Trust to shape the world.
Arrive between 9:30 and 10:00 for tea, coffee and refreshments.
April is the 60th anniversary of Bayard Rustin, one of our co-founders, bringing the peace symbol to the US from the UK. We will have a program for kids focused on the peace symbol.
April 4th is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, and the 51st anniversary of his Beyond Vietnam speech when he spoke of the "triple threats" of racism, militarism and materialism.
This spring a New Poor People's Campaign is seeking to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, and the war economy - just as the original Poor People's Campaign was hoping to do before King was killed.
We will have a showing of “The Arc of Justice: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Beloved Community”. This 22 minute film is the story of New Communities, a land trust founded by Civil Rights Leaders, including VPT's Bob Swann, to secure land for African American farmers.
How can the Voluntown Peace Trust play a role in this important work? We need to hear from you to fully answer this question.
12 noon LUNCH:
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 Rowe or Joanne Sheehan 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.
A Force More Powerful
Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:30 – 5:30 Voluntown Peace Trust 539 Beach Pond Road (Rt 165) Voluntown, CT
Learn about nonviolent resistance movements around the world from A Force More Powerful.
Reflect on the film's lessons and apply them to our current context. Enjoy informal conversations, walks in the woods and the labyrinth, a visit to the yurt and the Gandhi Reading Room, and more.
Childcare, lunch and refreshments provided. $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds).
For more follow this link to the flyer posted on Facebook.
Upcoming events: (1) October 30, 2016: Peace Walk; (2) November 11, 2016: Potluck and screening of the 'Vanishing Point'
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.