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New Thought Center celebrating Season for Nonviolence

In celebration of the Season for Nonviolence, New Thought Center for Spiritual Living is holding a potluck and lecture April 3.

Guest speakers are Patrick T. Hiller, Ph.D., from Portland State University and Nancy Olmstead Spanovich, executive director of the Wholistic Peace Institute.

The public is invited to attend this free event.

“Love offerings” are welcome, and attendees are requested to bring potluck finger foods.

The Season of Nonviolence, which runs Jan. 30-April 4, is a national, 64-day campaign aimed at demonstrating how nonviolence can help change lives and communities. Inspired by the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi (Oct. 2, 1869-Jan. 30, 1948) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929-April 4, 1968), this international event was created to pay homage to these leaders’ dream of a nonviolent world.

Hiller is the executive director of the War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation in Portland, and his speech will be called “The Global Peace System, the Emerging Reality of a New Story of Peace.” His writings and teachings focus on war and peace and social injustice, and often relate to “structural violence and power dynamics with an emphasis on human dignity, solidarity among all peoples, equal participation of all peoples, the role of governments and the promotion of peace,” according to a bio on the War Prevention Initiative website.

Spanovich will present excerpts from Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi’s speech during a recent visit to Portland.

New Thought Center for Spiritual Living is “a spiritual community and way of life that honors all paths to God” and the organization “provides spiritual tools for personal transformation and helps make the world a better place,” according to its website.

The April 3 event will be 3:30- 5:30 p.m. at the church, located at 1040 C Ave., in Lake Oswego.

Learn more online at newthoughtcsl.org.