Indian-American peace activist Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, will be the keynote speaker at the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in North Portland as a part of the 20th Anniversary of the Season of Peace. Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Gandhi teaches the philosophy of nonviolence as a way to move our world in the direction of peace. This special interfaith community gathering is a collaboration of The Unity Center in West Linn, Vancouver First Ave. Baptist Church, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and other local faith and educational organizations.
Dr. Arun Gandhi was born in South Africa during the time of the nation’s apartheid laws. He was a victim of racial violence by both blacks and whites and his teenage anger led his parents to send him to live with his grandfather for two years. During this time he learned to embrace the notion that “justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering.” Through daily lessons, Arun says, he learned about violence and about anger. Throughout his life, Gandhi has been committed to the social and economic uplifting of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. Currently, the family is working to establish a boarding school in the poorest rural area of India in his late wife’s name.
Gandhi has written several books, including Legacy of Love: My Education in the Path of Nonviolence; Grandfather Gandhi, a children’s picture book memoir about Mahatma Gandhi’s lessons in peace and how they influenced his grandson; and Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, a companion to Grandfather Gandhi. Today, Dr. Gandhi speaks worldwide encouraging people to “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Starts 11/13 thrgh 12/4 on Sunday Mornings at 10 and 11AM
This new series shares insights on how we can live a life full of abundance in today’s world. Rev. Victoria will share the wisdom of some of the most powerful spiritual teachers of our time on what prosperity means in modern times.
October 4 – 25th, Tuesdays @ 12pm & 7pm
Based on the book Strength in the Storm by Eknath Easwaran. This class will help you with big or small, global or personal stress and challenges. You will learn spiritual and practical tools to reduce frustration, anger, and stress in your daily life. Taught by Rev. Victoria on a donation basis.
A collaboration of cultures in word, music and prayer taking a stand for Peace
$10 Suggested Donation at the door
The UNITY Center | 20255 Willamette Drive | West Linn, OR
Join us after the service on 8/28 for a River Cruise on the Portland Spirit Scenic Cruise from 3-5pm. Family and Friends welcome! Call 503-697-9765 or email email@example.com to make reservations. Kids 3 and under are free, 4 to 12 are $22 and $30 for ages 13+ for tickets. The boat boards from Waterfront Park in Downtown Portland at 2:30PM. We will have a group prayer for city of Portland for an end of summer celebration so don’t miss the fun!
July 17 12-2 pm
Co-sponsored by The UNITY Center & BeLoved Montessori
Kathy Long, a mother & teacher, leads our session offering surprisingly simple tools to reframe parent/adult child relationships. Coached by Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Kathy offers their wisdom for families and the classroom.
“Once parents are learning alongside their children, power, control, and dominance become an archaic language.
Instead, mutual kinship and spiritual partnership are the focus of the parent-child journey.” – Namaste Publishing
Register: 503-697-9765 / 20255 Willamette Drive / $20, $35/couple; $5 childcare (at BeLoved)
Saturday, September 6th
10 am – 2 pm
Free for all! Come see what treasures may be waiting for you. In the flow of giving and receiving, this is a day when we recycle items (all in good condition!)
that no longer serve us and give them to those
who will use them.
2/2 – Music From Around the World – 11 am
Throughout the Season for Peace we will have music from South America, India, Morocco, as well as our own American Gospel at our 11 am service. This Sunday, Award-winning guitarist, Peter Zisa, and flutist, LeeAnn McKenna, perform an exciting, eclectic blend of sacred and cultural music from around the world as part of our 11 am service. Throughout the Season of Peace – we will have music from Japan, South America, and India, as well as American Gospel at our 11 am services.
2/2 – A Call to Action, a 7-week Sunday series
During this 7 week series, learn the principles of non-violence as demonstrated in the lives of Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
2/11 – PeaceMakers Discussion Groups
Starting Feb. 11th through March 4th, at noon & 7:00pm, these groups will delve into the deeper meaning of the peace principles & give you helpful tools for applying them.
2/28 – Insights from the “Sacred Civilizations” Journey, 7 – 9 pm $10 @ door
Dr. Sharif Abdullah, Director of Commonway Institute will present video from his recent trip to Egypt, Turkey, Northern India, Indonesia and New Zealand and discuss his search for the roots and meanings of “sacred civilizations” where humans once lived in harmony with each other and the Earth.
2/16 – The Dances for Universal Peace, after the 11am service
A compendium of simple, meditative, joyous, circle dances, The Dances for Universal Peace use sacred phrases, chants, and movements from many wisdom traditions. Not a performance, these participatory dances require no music or dance experience. Everyone is welcome to join in!
1/12 – Letters to God
Now we get to thank God for all the blessings that we anticipate in the coming year. Your highest good is on its way!
1/19 – White Stone Ceremony
As we spend time in the Silence, we hear our inner wisdom guiding us in who we are to be, and what is ours to do this year. We may claim a new name for this new expression of ourselves.
1/26 – Season for Peace begins
Opening Ceremonies for the Season for Peace (also known as the Season for Non-Violence) will take place. This Season runs from Jan. 29th through April 4th, and honors the spiritual principles of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. We will join with others around the world to focus on creating new pathways to peace during the following months. Stay tuned for special activities!
12/8 – Christmas Gospel Concert
12/15 – Family Christmas Celebration
12/15 – 3rd Annual 25 Cent Toys
12/20 – Food From the Heart Christmas Feast and Sock Drive
12/24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Vigil
12/29 – World Healing Meditation