Peace activist to speak in Sweden, Bridgton and Portland

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SWEDEN — Paul K. Chappell, author, educator and peace activist (director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation) will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Sweden Town Hall on Route 93 (Bridgton Road).

A potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by a talk at 7 p.m. titled “Why Peace Is Possible, Exploring the Anatomy of Violence and War.”

He will conduct a two-day workshop on Oct. 22 and 23 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 42 Sweden Road, Bridgton, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on “How to Wage Peace and Promote Justice.”

Among many subtexts covered in the workshops are topics such as conflict resolution in a workplace or social movement, how calmness and empathy can deescalate, how to find common ground, how psychological wounds and trauma create bullying and festering conflict, how to combat deception and the tactics and strategies of effective action.

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Chappell will speak once again on exploring the anatomy of violence and war and what solutions can be found in Portland on Friday, Oct. 24. A reception at the University of New England Art Gallery will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a lecture in WCHP Lecture Hall at 6 p.m.

Chappell is the author of “Will War Ever End?,” “Peaceful Revolution” and “The Art of Waging Peace.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, said Chappell “has given us a crucial look at war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show us why world peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century.”

There is no charge. Donations to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation are not required but will be accepted.

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