Culture of Peace Hamilton is one of a cluster of groups and individuals who consider peace a local issue as much as an international one.
For fifteen years, as part of the United Nations Association in Canada (Hamilton Branch) it has attempted to build a culture of peace in this community consistent with United Nations Manifesto 2000.
The six great pathways to peace, printed below, transcend divisions of race, gender, and religious beliefs.
Over the years Culture of Peace Hamilton has worked with many local groups, including government, towards Hamilton becoming a safer and more inclusive community. Presently it provides peace luncheons twice a year; holds regular meetings, has donated a thousand narcissi bulbs to the City Hall’s Peace Garden; has helped build four labyrinths in the city to commemorate peace, and planted a number of peace poles.
By addressing local differences with the peacemaker’s tools, anger or hostility can often be transformed and violence avoided. By offering the hand of friendship, social friction can be reduced and more satisfying personal relations restored.
Ray Cunnington – A Short Bio
To Accompany Promotion of his Book
TOWARDS LESS ADVERSARIAL CULTURES
Ray Cunnington is a resident of Dundas who was a founding member of Culture of Peace Hamilton, is a member of the Department of Peace Initiative and the UNA Canada Hamilton Branch Board – to name a few of his involvements in peace and social justice over the last decade and a half. At 94, Ray established the United Nations Culture of Peace Fund with the Hamilton Community Foundation, at 95 he received the Hamilton Burlington YMCA Peace Medal and this year he has self published his thoughts in a book entitled Towards Less Adversarial Cultures.
Ray is optimist about the human ability to change – or in his words “I am biased in favour of humans”. In his book, it is strongly suggested that ordinary people will swing the balance back to a more cooperative, less violent, society. For many of us who have been inspired by Ray, he is a living example of the impact one person can make.
Gail Rappolt (for Culture of Peace Hamilton) October 2015
Towards Less Adversarial Cultures shows how the cultures into which people are born can exert a lifelong grip on what they believe and how they act. Rather than feeling free to follow their mature consciousness, many are driven to implement the same ideas they were taught as children. What goes unnoticed is that what was deemed an eternal truth in the time of the Pharaohs may appear quite different in today’s world, particularly in matters relating to war, law, money and the media. For the sake of future generations, it is vital that humans reflect upon their evolutionary heritage and matters like climate change, and not remain locked in narrow national animosities, battling it out for the last fish, the last tree, and the last piece of land. It is strongly suggested that ordinary people will swing the balance back to a more cooperative, less violent, society.
Six Pathways of Peace by Nobel Peace Laureates
Respect All Life:
Respect the life and dignity of each human being without discrimination or prejudice.
Practice active non-violence, rejecting violence in all its forms: physical, sexual, psychological, economical and social, in particular towards the most deprived and vulnerable such as children and adolescents.
Share with Others:
Share my time and material resources in a spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and political and economic oppression.
Listen to Understand:
Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference always to dialogue and listening without engaging in fanaticism, defamation and the rejection of others.
Preserve the Planet:
Promote consumer behaviour that is responsible and developmental practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet.
Contribute to the development of my community, with the full participation of women and respect for democratic principles, in order to create together new forms of solidarity.