The Raising Peace Podcast

Let us see what Peace can do. A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations - International Day of Peace, 21 September 2021

Without peace, development will falter
Without justice, hope will wither
Without inclusion, we will all be left behind.
Please click on words above for link to 2021 International Day of Peace Statement

Winston Churchill scholarship: Barbara Dunstan fellowship 2023

For themes of peace and reconciliation

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This Fellowship has been sponsored by Churchill Fellow Chris Dunstan (NSW, 1994) in honour of his late mother, Barbara Dunstan, who died on 31 Dec 2021, aged 98.

Barbara Dunstan was widely appreciated for her kindness, sense of justice, compassion, dry wit, and unique turn of phrase. She was the beloved wife and mother of five children and grandmother of eight grandchildren. Barbara lived a modest life of selfless and loving service to her family, her church and her community in Melbourne.

Her father was severely wounded during the First World War and this trauma had ripples of impact for many decades. Barbara did not engage actively in formal politics, but abhorred conflict and violence and sought to create peace, healing, and reconciliation for those around her throughout her life.

Reflecting these characteristics, this Churchill Fellowship is dedicated to her memory and focuses on the themes of peace and reconciliation. The general themes that the Barbara Dunstan sponsorship would like to encourage are:

  • Reconciliation between First Nations and settler communities. Projects that address how Australia is coming to terms with the injustice of the disposition and mistreatment of its First Nations people, and how to create a more just and inclusive community — one that acknowledges and makes amends for past wrongs and honours the unique heritage of its First Peoples.
  • Supporting reconciliation after international conflict. Projects that address the role that peace-building efforts play in reducing the prospect of future conflict, and how Australia can foster reconciliation to reduce the chance of future international unrest.
  • Building international friendship and peace to avert future conflict. Projects that investigate the growing rivalry and unrest, particularly in our region, so the Australian community can benefit from the lessons of trust and mutual understanding, reduced international tensions, and diminish the risk of armed conflict.

Short video: The World Peace Flame

Costa Rica’s Strategy for Peace

Costa Rica’s Strategy for Peace

Text of the Keynote address to the Raising Peace festival, by Armando Vargas Araya, Costa Rica’s Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, International Day of Peace, 21 September 2021

Dolly Kikon's 'Foraging Bamboo shoots during Ceasefire'.


Peace-Meal Peacebuilding


Peace-Meal initiatives shine light on the inspiring work of peacebuilders through food and stories

Peacebuilding and the Arts




Exloring the contributions of Arts and Culture to Peace

Welcome to Peacebuilding and the Arts, a program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis.
Humanity United for Universal Demilitarisation

Peace seeking essay writers apply!

“Looking for bright and imaginative Peace Seekers to come up with innovative ideas to free the planet from Armed Forces and from wars – politically concocted as well as those of a private initiative.”

Peace and Nonviolence Education - Australasia

Peace and Nonviolence Education Australasia
Image courtesy of Catholic Education South Australia.  Students were asked ‘what does God desire for the world?’
Teach = Peace
Image credit: Shanel Mbangi, Center for peace and Sustainable Development, Africa (CEPSDA)
Initiatives of Change Australia

Launch of 'Our Uluru Response' trust building project

Truth Needs A Voice
As part of Our Uluru Response, Initiatives of Change Australia is hosting forums for truth telling and truth hearing around Australia. To find out how you can get involved, head to

Women For Peace: Banners From Greenham Common by Charlotte Dew

Women for Peace

In the late summer of 1981, a group of women walked from Cardiff for over a hundred miles carrying a hand-made banner proclaiming their protest against nuclear missiles. This march to the military base at Greenham Common led to the establishment of camps that, for nearly two decades, drew women from all over the world to make their voices heard in the name of peace.

Emerging from the Nuclear Shadow: Treasuring the Dignity of Life

Soka Gakkai International Australia

A video from SGI Australia
Devoted to value creation through Peace, Culture and Education based on the life affirming Buddhist philosophy of Nichiren Daishonin.
Disaster in Afghanistan Requires a Royal Commission into the Australia-U . S. alliance


 Please consider signing the PETITION to the Australian Government calling for a Royal Commission into the U.S. – Australia military alliance which has drawn us into disastrous wars such as the Afghanistan war, Iraq war, Syrian war and the Vietnam war before them. For Australia to keep out of these U.S. wars and be independent and live in peace with our neighbours, this alliance with the United States needs to be seriously questioned.  IPAN (the Independent and Peaceful Australia network) has initiated this Petition.

Independent and Peaceful Australia Event

Watch the U.S. – Australian alliance

webinar series

We Support the Uluru Statement Logo

Mabo Oration 2021 – Professor Megan Davis, Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law

Quakers Australia

Quakers Peace and Legislation Committee

Aims to monitor international and national legislation and government policies and actions regarding matters of particular interest to Friends.
Quakers Peace and Legislation Committee
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The Quaker Peace & Legislation Committee aims to monitor international and national legislation and government policies and actions regarding matters of particular interest to Friends. The purpose is to keep Quakers informed of issues by circulating briefing sheets indicating basic details and possible action by Friends locally and beyond. The committee can also make representations to government or parliament on behalf of Friends, or propose such action to the Presiding Clerk, Standing Committee or Yearly Meeting. The committee may initiate particular peace projects, including in cooperation with Regional Meetings, to enhance the involvement of Friends in peace concerns.

who is Wies Schuiringa

Wies Schuiringa

Wies is keen to be involved in the Raising Peace event and to work together with other peace organisations. We cannot abandon working for peace and together we need to keep working for peace high on everybody’s agenda.  Wies is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers. Quakers became established in the UK  in 1652 and adopted the “Peace Testimony” in 1661:
“We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fighting with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretence whatever; this is our testimony to the whole world… The Spirit of Christ by which we are guided, is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing as evil, and again as to move us unto it; and we certainly know, and to testify to the world, that the Spirit of Christ, which leads us unto all truth, will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the Kingdom of Christ, nor for the Kingdoms of this world… Therefore we cannot learn war any more.”
Public Statements and Letters of Concern
This is Ann Zubrick, Presiding Clerk, Quakers Australia.
Ann Zubrick Presiding Clerk
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A Public Statement:
  • is made on behalf of Quakers in Australia and signed by the Presiding Clerk
  • is a formal position that Friends take on contemporary issues that reflect or intersect with our concerns
  • is done in consultation with the AYM Secretary, who normally has received a draft statement from either a Yearly Meeting session, an AYM committee or a Regional Meeting
A Letter of Concern:
  • is made on behalf of Quakers in Australia and signed by the Presiding Clerk
  • is sent to government official/s to voice a concern that Australian Friends have regarding a public policy, government action (or inaction) or a matter of urgency that Friends believe needs to be addressed

Nuclear SubmarinesRev Dr Chris Walker

Click for statement by Rev Dr Chris Walker

The New Defence AlianceQuakers Australia

Click for Letter to the PM by Quakers Australia 

IPAN. Independant and Peaceful Australia Network.Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Annette Brownlie, Chairperson of IPAN: “These military exercises alienate Australia from our neighbours and friends in the Pacific region. We should be looking to work productively as part of the Pacific region to face climate change, combat COVID-19 and maintain peace, Talisman Sabre goes against all of these.
Dr Vince Scappatura, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University: “The Talisman Sabre military exercises are depicted as a benign effort to improve defence readiness and ‘interoperability’ between the armed forces of the US, Australia and other regional partners. In fact, they send a clear signal that Australia is committed to integrating its armed forces into a US-led warfighting strategy to encircle China and preserve American primacy. The weapons systems and operational concepts being tested during the exercises are explicitly aimed at ‘penetrating and disintegrating’ China’s defence systems around its territories and near territories. These are not exercises to secure the defence of Australia but rather of America’s ability to project its military power wherever and whenever it desires across the Indo-Pacific and indeed the world.”
International Volunteers for Peace Australia

What is IVP and what does it do?

IVP philosophically, and historically, approaches peace from the perspective of a conscientious objection to war, and its concomitants – the industries promoting or supporting wars; ideologies that derive succour from instilling fear or loathing in others; the institutional barriers to understanding between people – such as racism or sexism; and the enshrining of privilege in one powerful caste condemning segments of society to misery or subservient or undignified existence. 
Peace movement for us is the active bringing together of people from different parts of the world, different backgrounds and abilities to complete a common task for, and at the initiative of, a local community, and in circumstances that can be sustained by that community. 
This gathering to undertake a defined task encapsulates our values and provides opportunities to learn collaboration across difference. It is a simple concept, not framed by a credo, or part of an ulterior programme. 
The peace we adhere to is a constructive one, built by the group for the purpose of undertaking the task – it is constructed within the group itself (who have a priori no other common ground) and between the volunteers and the community in an act of solidarity. 
For volunteers the experience of a camp may (but need not) be life changing; their motivation may be entirely personal; they may be most affected by the place or the project; or the people they meet;  It might be their first (and last) encounter with our movement, but we believe that the understanding – of self, of others – applied further in life will add to a more peaceful world, without relying on one or another line of conviction. It comes down to ‘acts not words’.
Ways to Volunteer. People planting trees.

Volunteering with IVP

Our philosophy
Volunteering is a great way to broaden your outlook on the world, whether you do it in your home country or overseas. There are lots of ways in which you can give your time, energy and skills. We make volunteering easy.
What makes volunteering through IVP special?
At IVP we see volunteering as a way of achieving social change.
Bringing people from around the world together to do something practical and learn about each other is a great start. As an IVP volunteer you should be ready to ask and be asked; to question and explain your values and those of your society; to share information and to teach and be taught.
Our activities encourage understanding and promote discussion and an appreciation of the problems that different communities face in their struggles for social justice and environmental harmony.
Why do we have peace in our name?
Conflict, struggle, injustice, discrimination, isolation, environmental degradation and destruction threaten peace between peoples. Responding to these problems is vital to our shared global future.
International Volunteers for Peace believes that it is the everyday actions of ordinary people of different backgrounds living and working together that make peace possible.

Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)

Global Campaign for Peace Education

GDAMS Appeal: Reduce Military Spending, Defend People and the Planet


The world spent $1.92 trillion on the military in 2019, a 3.6% increase over the previous year and the highest figure since the end of the Cold War. Our governments’ ever-growing military capacities, in the name of national security, have proved themselves completely useless to defend people from the COVID-19 pandemic, nor can they keep us safe in the face of other global emergencies such as climate change. In addition, as the victims of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere can testify, militarism makes conflicts worse rather than resolving them.
Current levels of military spending not only fail to provide true security, but they actually stand in the way of just and comprehensive solutions to the problems urgently demanding our attention. Indeed, the military power our rulers are so committed to -including new great power Cold Wars – helps create and sustain the very emergencies, tensions and injustice that they claim they are protecting their populations against.
We therefore demand that governments across the globe drastically reduce their military expenditures, especially those accounting for the largest shares of the world’s total spending, and reallocate the freed-up resources to human and common security-oriented sectors, notably for confronting the coronavirus pandemic and the eco-social collapse we are now facing.
Now is the time for a reset of our priorities as societies, and a new defense and security paradigm that puts human and environmental needs in the center of policies and budgets.
We need to defund the military if we are to defend people and the planet.

Defund The Military

International Fellowship of Reconciliation

International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR)

Founded in response to the horrors of war in Europe, the IFOR has taken a consistent stance against war and its preparation throughout its history.
Perceiving the need for healing and reconciliation in the world, the founders of IFOR formulated a vision of the human community based upon the belief that love in action has the power to transform unjust political, social, and economic structures.
Today IFOR has branches, groups, and affiliates in over 40 countries on all continents. Although organized on a national and regional basis, IFOR seeks to overcome the division of nation-states which are often the source of conflict and violence. Its membership includes adherents of all the major spiritual traditions as well as those who have other spiritual sources for their commitment to nonviolence.
The Power of Nonviolence
IFOR members share a vision of a world where conflicts are resolved through nonviolent means, where systems that foster fear and hatred are dismantled, and where justice is sought as a basis for peace. While coming from diverse religious backgrounds, we have a common belief in the transforming power of nonviolence and reconciliation.
Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service

Raising Peace and Climate Justice Campaign 2021

Raising Peace is a networking initiative that aims to contribute to the construction of peace, the guarantee of human rights all over the world, and to highlight the role that International Voluntary Service (IVS) plays in this field. The program achieves this through advocating for human rights, non-formal education training and capacity building, empowerment of activists and organisations and through communication and visibility campaigns.
Raising Peace unites 9 International and regional networks from the IVS Movement (WAVAN, SAWC, SEEYN, SCI, NVDA, ICYE, IBO, EAVS, Alliance) which coordinated by the CCIVS work together in order to implement the yearly campaign.

CCIVS Raising Peace