Today is a day that reminds us of the importance of our commitment to nonviolence and civil rights. The work we, together, have done and will continue to do prepares and supports people to take meaningful action around a multitude of issues. We will continue to teach how to interrupt cycles of power, violence and oppression and how to develop and utilize tactics for long-term strategies for peace and human connection. There are struggles ahead but many of those will be ones we are already actively resisting. We will raise our voices, we will organize, we will create peace every way we can.

One thing you have done with us for decades is to support our veterans who know, all too well, the cost of war. No matter who is currently and who has previously been in office, Veterans’ Affairs has not been adequately funded and administered. This Friday is Veteran’s Day, and I want to make sure you know about a truly special visit from Ed Tick we are planning.

Prior to working to at the PJC, I had not heard of Ed Tick. Dr. Tick is an internationally recognized educator and expert on veterans, PTSD, and the psychology of military-related issues. He is revered by both peace activist communities and the Dept of Defense [how often can you say that?!] The DOD uses his work to support their soldiers. One of the projects he is known for is the reconciliation journeys he co-leads with Kate Dahlstadt to Vietnam with veterans to transform their wounds and help them recover from PTSD.

One of these trips was documented in the film “Healing a Soldier’s Heart.” Four veterans went on this unforgettable journey back to Vietnam, through what Dr. Tick calls “their second, this time, willful descent into hell,” and the movie carries viewers into the hearts and minds of the veterans and their families, as they experience forgiveness and compassion from their former enemies.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we are hosting a screening of the film on Sunday, November 13, 2016, 4:30 at the Main Street Landing Film House. We are grateful that Ed Tick and Kate Dahlstadt, co-founders of Soldier’s Heart, will be with us for both a reception before the movie and a discussion after it.

Dr Tick and Ms Dahlstadt are coming to Burlington in part because of their connection to Linda Ayer, who serves on the PJC board, through her father, Ed Bloch. Ed Bloch was a veteran who made his own journey back to China to heal his wounded soul after fighting there in WWII. He was a remarkable man who emblemized perfectly the power of reconciliation and peacemaking. Here is Ed’s obituary from two years ago. I encourage you take a couple minutes to read it.

Please join us on Sunday for this very special event. See the film trailer and more information on Soldier’s Heart in our post below.

  • 3:30 refreshments with Ed Tick and Kate Dahlstadt
  • 4:30 film screening followed by Q&A
$10 suggested donation. Free for vets and people under 25.
Tickets on sale at Peace & Justice Store or call 802-863-2345 x2.Special thanks to Main Street Landing for host sponsorship.