Rivier to host Celebration of Peace

NASHUA – The Celebration of Peace addresses the global peace effort by focusing on peace within ourselves, our community and our nation.

The celebration, co-sponsored by Rivier University Reconciliation and Peace classes, the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club and RxRelax, will take place from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, on the Rivier University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

"This celebration creates a space for different narratives and dialogue on creating peace," said Brother Paul R. Demers, S.C., D.Min., professor of religion. "Participants will not only gain a greater understanding of peace efforts, but also have the opportunity to experience a sense of peace within that they can carry forward into the world."

Rotarian Ken Grabeau, a past director of Rotary International, will speak about its role in fostering peace around the world. Rotary is committed to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Keynote speaker Dr. Amitra Chopra will discuss peace within oneself. A world-renowned pediatrician, she is a clinical instructor in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and has served as an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Chopra also has been a mediator for the last 33 years and has taught Raj Yoga-based meditation for many years.

Jay Gupta, of RxRelax in Nashua, accompanied by Dodi Mitchell, will help attendees experience peace with yoga. Gupta said he believes that yoga is for every body and mind, and his goal is to make it as simple as taking a capsule.

A yoga capsule is a "practice" capsule that is done once or twice a day and takes only a few minutes to perform with the aim of enhanced well-being. It is especially effective for people experiencing physical and mental health issues and their caregivers.

Rivier students enrolled in the junior year seminar Challenge of Peace are hosting the event. This class offers a critical study of the human and economic costs of violence, nonviolent alternatives, conflict resolution, and the role of the individual, family, school and organized religion in developing an orientation for peace and justice.

Rivier students will offer presentations from noon-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Registration is required. To register or for more information, visit www.hbrotary.com/Peace

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Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club