SEASON FOR NONVIOLENCE 2002 PROJECTS
Tonia Van Acker
Associação Palas Athena
A project aimed at male teenagers
living in violent districs. Starting by a "capoeira" practice
(traditional African dance/martial art) and then introducing talks by doctors,
reading practice and theatre in order to rescue this population from violence.
In partnership with the São Paulo City Government.
"Humanization of Health
Seminars for the Public Health
Service professionals (doctors,
nurses, attendants, administrators). In partnership with UNESCO and the São
Paulo City Government.
"Priceless Values and Gandhi
Seminars for the teachers of the
Public Net of Schools, in order to give them tools to manage and decrease
violence within the classroom and in the comunity. A partnership with UNESCO and
the São Paulo City Government.
It is our pleasure to introduce
Peacezine, an online, international,
Wanda Gail Campbell
“Distribute 64 Days/Ways”
We plan to distribute the 64
principles daily practice pamphlet to all attendees who desire one.
“Students Drama for Peace”
A group of artistic teens is
planning to create a SNV display at the public library for February. Maybe we'll also do the children's play
One Day of Peace if we can coordinate it timely.
Michelle Medrano Wentker
New Vision Center
“The Fast Track”
"Fast Track" will
challenge people from the beginning of the program to "fast" from
violent TV, movies and news watching addiction!
“Prayer Vigils with Local Police
We are working with the Police in
the City to choose an area of town that is typically experiencing many levels of
violence, and then we will do a prayer vigil targeting that area for a certain
period of time and see if the violence really does decrease through the power of
“Small Group Dialogues: Building
Bridges for Peace”
Small groups take place in homes
through the Season where participants will be invited to ask friends and
acquaintences to participate to build bridges of peace
We are hoping to host some
interfaith dialogues, peaceful movie nights, and workshops on forgiveness (With
Michael Wickett) and Non-Violent Communication.
Rev. Gerry Straatemeier
Science of Mind of Tucson
“Peace Theme Art to International
It is our intention to send art with
peace themes from Tucson children to children in other countries through a
Global Art Project. This entails
setting up some Saturday or Sunday afternoons for children and youth from
various groups and no group to gather some large place and do the art together.
There is a backpack project for
Romanian street children, now "released" from orphanages at age 12 and
living in sewers. It is being
organized by a 16 year old Florida boy, whose mother is a long-time e-friend of
mine. Nick was adopted at age 5
from a Romanian orphanage, and was torn up when he saw the TV reports of the
conditions his early peers were living in.
The backpacks contain warm hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters and the like,
and each backpack has a tag attached picture of the person or persons who sent
it. This is because these children
have never, never, known a family, or had anyone care about them but their
friends in like circumstance. A
connection to someone who cared enough to send a package of warmth, even a
picture of a far away someone, can mean something to hold onto, something to
dream about, concrete evidence that there is goodness in the world. I would like us to communicate with all
local churches, synagogues, mosques, etc., to mobilize their youth groups, and
collect both filled backpacks and funds to ship them. If by chance the faith community
decided to celebrate peace and justice with a fundraiser or educational project
during the Season as a way to raise funds for their project, well, so much the
better, we can help them with educational materials and publicity.
Rev. Ruth Ackerman
Mt. Shasta Center for Positive
"64 Ways for 64 Days
During the Season- Nonviolent
Communication Skills Building sessions, Elemenary School use of 64 Ways for 64
"Street Safe Kids Month"
Launch of KIDS are Street Safe
March 2002 and Beyond:
Street Safe Kids Month is focused on
developing partnerships between kids, families, neighborhoods and communities
regarding health and safety issues. Street Safe Kids are self-esteem and
self-awareness building programs for kids of all ages. Program focus is on developing
partnerships between kids and parents or adults. KIDS are Street Safe Campaign
is focused on
developing grassroots connections to include Street Safe Kids in neighborhoods and communities.
Rev. Dr. Susanne Freeborn
Emerson Online Studies AND Emerson
Center for Spiritual Awakening
Peace Principles are daily messages
containing quotations from such brilliant lights as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Mohandas K. Gandhi, Dr. Ernest Holmes, Emmet Fox, James Allen, Einstein, and
many others. Peace Principles are
meant to assist participants in visualizing and focusing their meditations,
contemplations, on Peace on a daily basis.
Peace Principles are not limited to the duration of the Gandhi King
Season for Nonviolence, but are an ongoing service ministry that shall continue
until lasting Peace is realized.
Simi Valley Relgious Science Center
for Positive Living
"64 Ways for 64 Days to
Practice Nonviolence" Poster distribution
Distributed over 2000 64 Ways for 64 Days to
Practice Nonviolence Poster to every church, social service agency, school &
most businesses in Simi Valley, with a cover letter explaining the SNV.
"SNV Art & Writing
Distributed 16,000+ contest entry
forms for "Season for Nonviolence Art & Writing Contests" to all
public & private elementary schools and The Boys and Girls Club.
Youth Minister Rev. Susan Hulton
presenting SNV lessons during the
SNV to all youth at our Center.
Unity Church of Diamond Head
"Coat of Many Colors"
The local school children will be
working on a Cloth of Many Colors to present to James during the event, so their
participation will begin Jan first.
The Mayor Jeremy Harris has issued a
proclamation, given us free space at the largest most accessible park in the
area for our first event (the event is free to the public).
"Promote Any Peace Group"
We will promote any other group that
is involved in gathering people to
learn about peace in any way as the
Youth for Social Action at Evanston
Township High School
"Green Armband Project"
Starting on 10/22/01. Y.S.A members
will be selling green armbands to raise money for the Targeted Arab and Muslim
Defense Fund. This fund will provide money to help those who fall victim to hate
crimes and those who may be arrested and charged for exercising first amendment
rights. These green armbands will probably go for about $1 and will be sold in
and around Evanston Township High School.
"Arab and Muslim Defense"
Ongoing. Y.S.A will be holding
fundraising events for the above mentioned defense fund. A benefit concert is in
the planning, and an in-school bake sale is being set up. We will be
disseminating information about the US governments new restrictions on the civil
liberties of US residents.
"War Education Teach-ins"
Ongoing. Y.S.A has hosted two
teach-ins to educate students about issues relating to the "war on
terrorism." The first was about media and war, and the other about US
foreign policy in the Middle East. We plan to continue hosting teach-ins at the
school during the next few months. Upcoming
teach-ins will be on terrorism, changes in US civil liberties, Islam and anti-US
sentiment, and others yet to be announced. Watch the upcoming events and news
sections of the site for the dates and times of upcoming teach-ins.
Rev. Argentina Glasgow
Detroit Unity Temple
"Forgiveness: A Spiritual Key
For All Seasons"
In January of 2001 Detroit Unity
Temple began a year long emersion in Forgiveness.
Our theme for the year was called, "Forgiveness: A Spiritual Key For
All Seasons". We learned about forgiveness during our pastor's Sunday
Lessons; we were inspired by guest speakers; we experienced forgiveness
processes during several forgiveness workshops and practiced forgiveness in our
everyday lives. The center-piece of
the year was our forgiveness workbook entitled "Forgiveness: A Work In
Progress". The workbook is a
tool developed by members of Detroit Unity Temple to be used to help people
focus their forgiveness activities. The
momentum started in 2001 has propelled continued forgiveness activity into 2002
with a Forgiveness Forum held the fourth Sunday of each month, support of a complementary project called Letters For
Peace and plans to recognize and celebrate International Forgiveness Day this
summer. At Detroit Unity Temple
forgiveness has been a fundamental part of our outlook, behavior, prosperity and
peace. We have experienced first
hand that forgiveness is truly a spiritual key for all seasons.
"Letter Of Peace"
We also have a second project called
"Letter Of Peace" that started after the September 11, 2001 event by a
member of our congregation. She has
preprinted stationaries that include a release statement to be signed on the
opposite side. A book is currently in process.
A peace box receptacle is professional printed along with the stationary
and are ready upon request.
"Letters of Peace"
Help heal the world with your
"Letters of Peace," now. Join
people of all ages, races, faiths, and ethnic origins in writing letters of
peace from your hearts to the world, "flooding the universe with a
consciousness of PEACE instead of...war."
You may use official "peace stationery" (call us) or your own.
Send your letter(s) to: LETTERS OF PEACE, C/O DETROIT UNITY TEMPLE, 17505 SECOND
AVENUE, DETROIT, MI 48203. Be a
"Peace Ambassador" by passing the word to others and encouraging them
to write their letters of peace. Your
letter may be selected to become part of an upcoming book of letters that will
travel around the world to help others hold a consciousness of peace. See the reverse side of your peace
stationery to give permission. Churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, other
places of worship, businesses, institutions, schools, organizations are asked to
be "Peace Centers" by housing "peace receptacles",
stationery and information.
Rev. Sharon Connors
Unity Village Chapel
"Middle School Essays Contest
Two local middle schools took part
in an essay contest on nonviolence. One winner from each school was invited to
the Unity Chapel to read their winning essays for the congregation and
Center for Conscious Living
"World Peace Sunday"
The first Sunday of every month has
been designed "World Peace Sunday" and we do peace meditation as a
congregation...about 125 people. The creation of CCL Peacemakers insures that
peace efforts will continue year round with the goal of raising the
consciousness of peace among citizens of New Jersey and radiating it out into
the entire world.
Heart Song Institute, Heart Song
"64 Days in 64 Ways
An online discussion and support
group for anyone who chooses to participate in Gandhi & King: A Season for
ideas, announcements, and suggested projects will be posted.
Interfaith Center of New York
212-685-4242 xt. 19
Internet reminders, designed to be
sent out daily to any number who sign up for it.
We have a brilliant Internet person who is willing to share the idea with
anyone, especially since we mostly using the material from the kit. Credits will reflect the source. The getting out the message is what we
are really working to accomplish.
A bulletin board for the Season of
Nonviolence. Take a picture of it
and send it to the Interfaith Center of NY.
All pictures will be shared as part of an idea sharing via the website. (Maybe there will be an educational
publication interested in this.) Each participant will receive a Certificate of
Participation in return for the photo.
"Pieces of Peace"
Pieces of Peace. Using the number 64 we decided to set
the size for this project as 8" squares decorated in anyway you want to
show your commitment to the Season for Nonviolence. Some of the squares (8?) will be
explained and placed onto a bigger paper/bulliten board/screen at the UN.
Celebration of Church of Life
"SNV Candlelight Prayers"
Churches and members of many faiths
participate weekly in the Season for Nonviolence, Jan 30 to April 4th, 2002.
The Practice: (1) To Light a Candle
during the Sunday Service or Celebration,
(2) Physically elevate the candle to
symbolically raise it in consciousness, (3) Read the Prayer for the Week as all
churches will be doing the same thing (holding in consciousness The possibility
for Peace and Nonviolence Now.
(4) Invite the congregation to daily
light a candle and read the prayer for that week, expanding the consciousness of
Peace and Nonviolence globally. Reproduce
the prayers and include them in the Sunday bulletins.
Rev. Frances Lancaster
"Songs for Peace CD"
Moving On from 2002 We are
putting together a CD called Songs for Peace which includes Rosie Lovejoy's
song, I Forgive. We ended the Season with a Peace Covenant which includes our
purpose as Peace, a Vision statement and at least 3 intentions to carry out our
A Season for Nonviolence,
"Read In! Reach Out!"
A group of SNV Task Force volunteers
will be "pal-ing" with the Police Athletic League of Greater Reading
in an exploration to help expand (to Phila? to other cities through other SNV
task forces?) the center's Read In! Reach Out! program, a 5 year collaborative
effort to increase community literacy by mobilizing groups of diverse volunteers
to facilitate reading groups (for 1 day or 6, 8, or 12 week periods) focusing on
educational activities celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. and his philosophy of
peaceful conflict resolution, community service, and diversity. Sponsored by
Sovereign Bank, Corporation for National Service, PAL, United Way, and Higher
Education Council of Berks County.
"Pieces of Peace, Picture This,
and I Have a Dream Projects for Children and Schools"
Children of all ages and schools are
invited to submit representations of peace and nonviolence through art, poetry,
song, a letter or photo capturing their participation in promoting peace or
nonviolence, or a short written speech or essay modeled after Martin Luther
King, Jr.'s I Had a Dream speech. Art
submissions are subject to an 8" by 8" rule and will be put together
in a collage displayed at the April 10th SNV closing event at the UN. Other
submissions will be featured on the Embracing the Child website (www.embracingthechild.org)
and will be used with permission to promote next year's SNV campaign. Materials are available upon request to
assist schools in creating bulletin boards on peace and nonviolence which can be
photographed to represent your school's participation.
This is an ongoing effort to promote
the Season and to let the local community know resources can be made available
to speak about SNV or nonviolence. Outreach
is accomplished through members' personal networking via e-mail and attendance
at community activities. Made
"official" SNV presentations to 2 local church communities in January;
will be partnering shortly with a local Earth Charter Summit task force meeting
monthly to explore ways to marry the themes of peace/nonviolence and the Earth
and to help promote the Earth Charter and Earth Charter projects as well as Jane
Goodall's Roots and Shoots program locally.