West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran, and former military captain Paul K. Chappell believes that peace is possible. First Universalist Church is delighted to welcome this renowned author and international peace educator as the featured speaker at our 2nd Annual Elling Peace Forum this September.
The weekend’s closing event is a second public forum presented by Paul K. Chappell, “Peace Literacy: A New Foundation for Racial Justice.” At this forum, Chappell, the son of a half black, half white father and a Korean mother, will relate Peace Literacy to Racial Justice, using the Peace Literacy concepts of civility, respect, listening, empathy, trust, hope, courage, critical thinking, truth, justice, appreciation, and dignity.
Peace Literacy is a new paradigm for gaining a deep and practical understanding of extremism, trauma, and the nature of human happiness. To solve our national and global problems in the 21st century and beyond, we need a realistic and pragmatic model of the human condition that helps us understand our human needs and the tangles of trauma.
Paul K. Chappell is the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. A graduate of West Point and a veteran of the war in Iraq, he has developed the theme of Peace Literacy in his seven-book series The Road to Peace, where he writes about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. Paul grew up in a violent household and harbored violent thoughts until teachers inspired him to transform his trauma into writing. He served two tours in the Middle East before leaving the military to become a peace activist.
Paul forcefully argues for the possibility of peace and draws upon his education and military experience to lay out effective strategies for resolving conflict and promoting peace. He has the ability to inspire genuine hope that peace is not only necessary, but possible. Come learn from this renowned international peace educator, author, and speaker—and leave with a renewed sense of hope for the future!
Sponsored by the First Universalist Church Peace Circle and part of Twin Cities Nonviolent’s “10 Days Free From Violence.”