Individuals pursuing a just society frequently face isolation and exhaustion. They often lack space for reflection. Groups seeking social change also tend to lack facilities in which to gather to exchange ideas and experience. In addition to these needs for place, people need the tools and preparation essential to sustain them as they engage in personal change, political action, and constructive programs.
The Voluntown Peace Trust is a context for conversation, a staging ground for action, and a network of resources to equip people working for social transformation.
To learn more about our rental spaces, visit our Rentals page here.
To learn more about our programs and events, visit out Programs page here.
In addition to our rental spaces, we also have libraries with unique collections. Our Gandhi Library contains works about Gandhian philosophy contemporary to Gandhi himself, and includes books rare outside of India. Our Eugene V. Debs Memorial Library includes the seminal texts of the mid-20th century peace movement, as well as a large collection of resources about the Vietnam War and nonviolent opposition to U.S. involvement in it.
On September 10, 2011, we dedicated the Peace Garden at the front of the VPT property to local peace activist, Cal Robertson. A Vietnam War veteran and longtime member of Veterans for Peace, Cal is one of the most visible activists in New London, standing on Bank Street most days with thought-provoking signs, urging passersby to imagine and work towards a more just world.
To see more photos of the dedication ceremony, please visit the gallery at The Westerly Sun here.
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. 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.
On October 5, 2013, we dedicated a stone-lined circular labyrinth to Emmett to honor his message: "Sing alleluia and keep on walking."