Rivier University and local organizations host Peace Celebration on Oct. 22

Rivier University Reconciliation and Peace classes, the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club, and RxRelax are co-sponsoring this year's Celebration of Peace. The event addresses the global peace effort by focusing on peace within ourselves, our community, and our nation. The celebration will take place on October 22 from noon to 4 p.m. 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," says Professor of Religion Brother Paul R. Demers, S.C., D. Min. "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 Rotary International's 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 currently a clinical instructor in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and has served as an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chopra also has been a mediator for the past 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 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 University's Junior Year Seminar "Challenge of Peace" are hosting the event. This class offers a critical study of the human and economic costs of violence, non-violent 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 to 1 p.m. and again from 3 - 4 p.m.