Tuesday, September 11, 2012

sept 28 | voices for peace

A free concert to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace at Regent College. Message from the creators below.

Our world is in the midst of great political, religious and cultural unrest. A significant response to this crisis is the development of Peace Studies programs in countries around the world. Over 400 universities in many countries have introduced Peace Studies into their curriculum.

When cultures and civilizations fall apart, they fall into violence. In 1981, the United Nations Gen. Assembly announced the establishment of the International Day of Peace on September 21 of every year thereafter. The "Voices of Peace" concert which commemorates and strengthens the ideals of peace is scheduled for September 28 at Regent College on the UBC campus, Vancouver.

The "Voices for Peace" concert will feature the internationally acclaimed poet and scientist from England reading his original compositions. It will also feature the University of Western Washington music faculty members including John Friesen, cellist, pianist Jeffrey Gilliam, and violinist Walter Schwede playing music from Brahms, Massenet, Kreisler, A.Part and others.

This free concert will address the interconnected pathways to peace that transcend national, racial, ethnic, age or gender differences. Using the art forms of poetry and music, the concert will celebrate the meaning of peace. "Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding" wrote Albert Einstein. Similar sentiments are expressed by others. Jesus said; "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God". Mother Teresa insisted, "If you have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other". Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, " It is not enough to say we must not wage war, it is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it". Benjamin Franklin commented, "Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every new year find you a better man".

Sept. 28 at 8pm
Regent College

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