“Unity is diversity embraced by love” – This is just one of many profound thoughts offered to us by Ruth Patterson at her public talk, Pathways to Peace on May 24, 2013. The event began with our Community Leader, Denise Haskett and the Principal Designate of the Vancouver School of Theology, Richard Topping welcoming of our guests who filled the Old Auditorium at UBC including the delegates of the L’Arche National Assembly. Members of L’Arche Greater Vancouver preluded the talk by reading and mime of Psalm 23 which reads:
Then, Ruth took the stage to share her stories, experience and journey through the height of the civil conflict in Northern Ireland. The core of her message is that the pathway to peace is to be experienced at every level, from the inner self to the larger community and finally, society. You must find peace within which will then allow ourselves to forgive and heal ourselves and others. L’Arche has often been described as a “trickle of peace” and so her message resonated deeply with us.
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Ruth is the first woman to be ordained in Ireland as a Presbyterian Minister and Director of Restoration Ministries, an interdenominational organization seeking to promote peace and reconciliation. She is an international speaker with a remarkable history and background in social work, theology and peacemaking and L’Arche was honoured to welcome her and host the event alongside the Vancouver School of Theology. For more information on Ruth’s achievements and work, read our previous post.