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This year’s annual conference on “Non-Violence, a Choice” took place on Friday, May 12 at the Mt. Hood Community College. One of the highlights of the conference every year is the student panel, where attendees get to hear from the young, bright students from surrounding universities. The student panel members from Mt. Hood Community College this year were Chidoze Urom, Blanca Alverez-Lopez, and Barbra Archbeque. They were joined by students from several other colleges, including Alina Button from Pacific University, Andrea Gonzalez from Portland State University, and Victoria Reis, an Admissions Counselor and International Specialist at Marylhurst University. The panel was moderated by Gary and Nancy Spanovich, Directors of the Wholistic Peace Institute (WPI). Students shared their many insights about non-violence, both on the historical level and on a very…
Having children changed my whole world and helped me understand God’s heart more deeply. I am married and have four children ages 21-28, one daughter and three sons. It is such a joy to see them grow and become amazing human beings and develop their talents and contribute to the world. I am blessed to have them close by right now and can spend time with them. We all have a love for nature and spend lots of time hiking the beautiful wooded trails and coastline of the gorgeous Northwest! I will always be a worrying Italian mamma, and we have had our share of family challenges; but as they have grown and matured I am liberated to experience incredibly joyful relationships in our family.As a teen growing up in…
Because I was nurtured in the era of the 60’s Civil Rights Movement, I developed a strong sense of social justice and equality for all peoples regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic circumstances. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1974 from the State University of New York (SUNY) Center at Binghamton, I went on to receive a Master of Arts in History of the Middle East and related Islamic Studies from SUNY Center at Binghamton in 1979. In order to fulfill my self-appointed purpose, I continued studying and received my Master of Science in Counselor Education from SUNY Oneonta in 1992.What motivates me to serve? Simply, it was part of the ethics that I was taught growing up as a child. I find it rewarding to help others…
From the 19th to 21st of August, the WFWP Chapter in Cascade, Oregon, gathered a total of nine women together for local women’s retreat. We relaxed, were rejuvenated, and envisioned the future of the chapter during those three days at the “comfy” and loving home of the Wolfenbeger family, in Aberdeen, Washington, a three hour drive from Portland.Our schedule was full of enrichment and fun, in and out, away from our everyday busy lives in the city. Each one of us held our own session: teaching, learning, and sharing both our skills and unforgettable moments. We had energy release exercises, a spa on the deck, flower arranging, knitting lessons, as well as a chance to report and plan our recent and current conferences.In one session, two groups created vision boards…
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” - Albert Einstein“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write, and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive, and peaceful societies”. - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the 100-day countdown message to the International Day of Peace.For six years, the Oregon Chapter of WFWP has actively observed the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21. The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 and declared a permanent holiday in 2002. This year’s observance was held on Sunday, September 25 at the Portland Family Fellowship, in West Linn, Oregon, and featured…
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