Peace Week Delaware 2017 Was a Huge Success

Eight Days

Three Counties

One Delaware

 

Peace Week Delaware 2017 was a huge success. Based on sponsor reports and our own estimates, we can say with confidence that attendance at Peace Week Delaware events totaled about 3,500. That’s a 75 percent increase in attendance over 2016.

The number of events offered under the Peace Week banner increased by 50 percent—from 40 to 60.

But it is the quality and thoughtfulness that went into event planning that impressed us most. Some events were repeated from last year, but many new ideas emerged.

Neighbors Joining Together to Create Peace in the First State

There were concerts, speakers, films, marches, exhibits, workshops, and talks. We talked about building community in our neighborhoods, city, and state.

We learned about refugees and human rights from a global perspective. We addressed racism and white supremacy. We sought greater understanding of the lives of immigrants and the homeless among us.

We explored ways to prevent our youth from being caught up in gun violence. We had pizza and conversation with the Wilmington Police Department, including its new chief.

Eleven public libraries mounted events and displays. Hundreds of artworks envisioning peace were hung at the Delaware Contemporary—and will tour the state for the next year.

Several very timely events promoted dialogue with Muslims—and an opportunity to attend Friday prayers at a local mosque and two shared meals.

We heard the poetry of Rumi, the spoken word of our Twin Poets, and the rap of El Rod. We had interfaith and cross-cultural conversations. We saw “Out of the Ashes”—a father and son reuniting after a long incarceration.

We promoted health in the community and safety for our children. We heard about mindfulness in the face of trauma and violence. We meditated and walked the labyrinth, seeking peace within.

We marched in Wilmington’s West Side and in the center of Lewes. We gathered for a Day of Peace in Rodney Square, celebrating the arts.

Thank you!

This was Peace Week Delaware 2017. It was supported by our Community Partners and the generosity of individuals. Hundreds of volunteers  created events. Thousands attended. We thank everyone—especially those of you who attended and connected with each other through Peace Week Delaware.

Peace Week Delaware 2017 Is Under Way! Be there.

Eight Days. Three Counties. One Delaware.

Through Sunday, September, 24, you can share the experience of building peace with your neighbors across Delaware. 60 events focused on personal, community, and world peace state-wide. All free, nonpartisan, nonsectarian.

Concerts, films, a coffee house, art exhibitions, live performances, El Rod, the Twin Poets, “Out of the Ashes,” speakers, panels, community and service days, faith services, labyrinth walks, pizza with police, peace marches, meditation, yoga, shared meals, Rumi’s poetry, neighborhood walk-about, barbecues, peace songs, library displays and Peace bookmarks, a peace walk, and more.

Focused on gun violence, building and rebuilding safe communities; understanding racism; recovery from trauma; STAR Health; women; veterans Muslims, Islam and Arab culture; housing the homeless; immigrant; refugees; and more.

Thanks to hundreds of volunteers and our donors for making this week possible. And to you and citizens across Delaware for making it another meaningful step in ending violence and racial, social, and economic injustice.

Add your voice, your presence, and your participation to the movement to create a culture of peace in Delaware. For information on all Peace Week Delaware events, see the full schedule.

NEIGHBORS JOINING TOGETHER TO BUILD PEACE IN THE FIRST STATE

 

60 Peace Week Events Scheduled Statewide

Peace Week Delaware is less than two weeks away. Here’s an update and an invitation.

Event registration for Peace Week Delaware 2017 closed on August 18 with 60 events statewide—a 50 percent increase over 2016. Now we need you to come out and make these events successful.

The full schedule is online, and a printed program guide will be available next week through our many event sponsors and at the public libraries listed online. Or you can pick one up at any event.

On our website, the complete schedule is broken down day by day (see the drop-down menu) and also by county. The majority of events are in New Castle County, but we have significantly increased Peace Week Delaware’s reach in Kent and Sussex.

Many of this year’s events seem timely. Of particular note is the number of events that address understanding of Islam and solidarity with American Muslims. These include interfaith discussions, shared meals, and a rare opportunity to observe Friday prayers and meet Muslims at a Wilmington mosque.

Among the many other events are:

• A peace concert by members of the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware youth chorus
• A panel addressing gun violence in Delaware with former DHSS Cabinet Secretary Rita Landgraf, Wilmington Police Lt. Dan Selekman, and Amber Goodwin of the Community Justice Reform Coalition
• “I Am Not a Racist” – a facilitated workshop exploring racism and white supremacy
• A Youth Visionary Peace Art Exhibition at the Delaware Contemporary
• A Service Day honoring the three Delaware firefighters who died in the line of duty
• A talk by the director of refugee programs at Human Rights Watch and a separate program addressing the needs of Syrian refugees
• Performances including Delaware’s Twin Poets, rapper El-Rod, and the father-son drama “Out of the Ashes”
• A pizza party with members of the Wilmington Police Department
• Plus a wide variety of other events including films, meditation, workshops, events for kids, and more

We especially invite you to participate in one (or both!) of our major public witness events for peace and justice:

PEACE MARCH AND RALLY IN LEWES: SEPT. 16

Interfaith march and rally for peace internationally and here at home.

March: step off at 1812 Memorial Park (corner of Front St and Savannah Rd)
Rally:  Canalfront Park (corner of Shipcarpenter St and Front St), Lewes DE
When: 3:00 pm step off for march; Rally at 3:30 pm

FOURTH ANNUAL MARCH FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE IN WILMINGTON: SEPT. 23

The march that started the Movement for a Culture of Peace, which created Peace Week Delaware. Bring your friends and your organization’s banner to show that you care about peace and justice in Delaware.

Where: March in Center City begins and ends in Wilmington’s Rodney Square
When: March steps off at 11:30, followed by Day of Peace Rally

With so many events, there is some competition for your attention. But that also means that, on any given day, you will likely find something of personal interest. So browse the schedule and plot your path through this rich and peace-filled week. Show your support for building a culture of peace in our community and across the world.

We welcome your questions and comments at info@peaceweekdelaware.org.

 

 

Event Registration Has Now Closed for 2017

 

Event registration for Peace Week Delaware 2017 is now closed.

We’re sorry if you missed our deadline, which was extended once, and hope that you will begin planning for Peace Week Delaware 2018.

The response to Peace Week Delaware 2017 has been overwhelming. We’ve seen a 25 percent increase in the number of events and a much greater geographic spread across the state. More than 50 events are now on our calendar, and the last few registrations will be posted shortly.

Event sponsors should begin the task of organizing and promoting their events. The Peace Week Steering Committee is now turning its full attention to promotion, publicity, and supporting our event sponsors as they create a wide range of events.

Check Event Schedule online.  Printed Peace Week Delaware program will appear just after Labor Day. Watch the website for information on how to get one! We’ll see you between Sept. 16 and 24—about four weeks from now!

 

Peace Week is Huge!

More than 50 events registered statewide.

Registration deadline extended to Aug. 18.

The response to Peace Week Delaware 2017 has been overwhelmingly positive. A look at the Events Calendar shows more than 50 events statewide, with a few more still in process. The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, August 18, in order to accommodate events that were already in the planning stages last week.

We ask that you not begin to plan an event at this time because the whole process can take more than a week. (The deadline is related to the design and printing of our printed Peace Week Delaware program booklet) But if you have previously been in contact with us regarding a proposed event, we may be able to register it this week.

Questions? Please email info@peaceweekdelaware.org.

 

First Round of Events Posted

We’ve got 25 great events so far.

Deadline for event registration is August 11.
Volunteer for Peace Week Delaware.

Welcome to the second Peace Week Delaware 2017 Newsletter – we have more great news to share since our last post in July.

Here is What is Happening:

  • Events are now posted on-line: Today, we posted the first round of 25 Peace Week Delaware Events on the Peace Week website under the tab Calendar 2017. Check out the wide range of events – with more coming, including several in Kent and Sussex Counties – during the month of August. There are films, speakers, a community walk-about, a coffee house, a show of children’s visionary peace art, performances and concerts, public library displays, interfaith meals, plus rallies and the fourth annual March for a Culture of Peace. Keep checking this link throughout August! A great big thanks to our intrepid webmaster, Andre Dagenais.
  • Media Coverage: The first Peace Week Press Advisory is being released today to media state-wide to announce the first round of events on-line. Be looking for coverage and tell you friends about it.
  • Kickoff Meeting – Kent County: This meeting was held in late July – many thanks to Steering Committee members, Julia Diebold and Michele Tashman, and to Pastor Amy Yarnall, who is leading the Peace Week work in Kent County. Interested in sponsoring an event in that County? Please contact Pastor Amy.
  • Sussex County is planning events as well. Want to connect with their work? Contact Don Peterson.
  • Event Sponsors: Promotional materials (posters, post cards, and stickers) are available for you at St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 1301 N Broom Street Wilmington, DE 19806 between 9am and Noon each day. Please ask for Kanchalee Reeves.

Key Dates:

  • August 11: Registration deadline to be listed on the Peace Week printed program for both Events and financial and in-kind donations to the Steering Committee. How to create an event and online registration is at this link.
  • September 17 – 24: Peace Week Delaware 2017, with a special pre-PWD event on September 16.

How You Can Help Make Peace Week Successful:

  • Volunteer to help distribute promotional materials state-wide in late August / early September. Even a few hours of your time will mean a great deal in getting out the word across Delaware. Email volunteer@peaceweekdelaware.org
  • “Like” and “Share” on Facebook: Our Social Media Lead, Rev. Jason Churchill of St. Stephens, has been posting on Facebook about Peace Week since June. Like and share our FB page. On Twitter, follow @peaceweekde. We’re also on Instagram: peaceweekde. Using NextDoor? Tell your neighbors about Peace Week.
  • Become a Community Partner to Peace Week Delaware by donating to support Steering Committee promotional activities. Contribute to us through the Pacem in Terris Network for Good site. Be sure to designate your donation for “PWD.” Donations of every amount are appreciated – from businesses, government and individuals. Thanks to the great folks who have already helped us.
  • Forward a link to this post to your friends and colleagues—and talk it up!

Be looking for future Peace Week Delaware Newsletters. Coming up: more about the many great events coming in September.

Questions about Peace Week Delaware 2017? Email info@peaceweekdelaware.org.

Yours in peace,
The Peace Week Delaware 2017 Steering Committee

 

Peace Week Update

Event Roster Growing as Peace Week Swings into July

Because of the organizational foundation (website, committee structure, processes, and policies) established last year, as well as the many volunteers who have stepped up from the faith and nonprofit community, we’re well ahead of where we were a year ago. Thanks to all of you!

Here’s What’s Happening:

  • Events: We have about 25 Peace Week Events already on the books statewide, including both new and returning ones. With more to come!
  • Event Sponsors: We have both returning and new Event Sponsors—all of whom are creating an exciting calendar of Events for you.
  • Steering Committee: A great group of about 15 energetic, committed people—including many new volunteers—handling activities important to Peace Week success: media relations, social media, fundraising, website management, and event-sponsor liaison.

–Including help from the Community Partner Support Group of the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services (thanks!).

–Each member of the Steering Committee personally donating to support the Steering Committee’s statewide promotion of Peace Week.

  • Kickoff Meetings: Held in New Castle and Sussex counties and upcoming in Kent County

 

  • WebsiteImproved design and a dedicated webmaster.

 

Key Dates:

  • July 14:Deadline for registration priority for date / time on the Peace Week calendar for Event Sponsors returning from 2016.
  • August 11:Deadline to be listed on the Peace Week printed program for:

–Event Registration

­Financial and in-kind donations to the Steering Committee

 

What You Can Do:

  • Think about how your organization might sponsor a Peace Week Event. See Create an Event.
  • Be looking for media coverage of Peace Week.
  • Post a link to Peace Week’s Facebook page to your social media
  • Donate to Peace Week Delaware to support Steering Committee promotional activities. Donations of every size are appreciated. Your tax-deductible dollars do matter.
  • Look for future Peace Week Delaware Newsletters. Next month: a first look at 2017 Events.
  • Forward this email to your friends and colleagues and talk it up!

 

Event Registration Deadlines Set

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPEN

It’s time to register your proposed Peace Week Delaware 2017 event. Online registration is now open for Peace Week Events. The deadline is Friday, August 11, for inclusion in all forms of Peace Week Delaware publicity—including poster, program, and web listing.

Registration priority for dates and times is being offered to returning sponsors (people or organizations that ran a 2016 event) until Friday, July 14.

Please check the Event Criteria page before registering to be sure that your event will meet our standards to be approved for the Peace Week Delaware calendar.

Event Development Workshop June 12

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The Steering Committee is excited about how the plans for Peace Week Delaware 2017 are coming together.  It’s time to meet again, to connect the individuals and groups involved, and to develop your ideas for specific events. 

Please join the Peace Week Delaware “Event Development Workshop.” 

Monday, June 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
730 Halstead Road, Wilmington 19803

(The church is at the corner of Rte 202 and Whitby Rd.  Please use the main entrance on Whitby Road.  Parking is available across the street, and on Halstead Road behind the church)

During the Workshop we will:

  • Update you on plans so far
  • Show you  the power of our website – peaceweekdelaware.org
  • Share graphic resources to help you promote your event
  • Work together on plans for events that you and others can sponsor during Peace Week

No registration required. Questions? events@peaceweekdelaware,com

Peace Week is ON for 2017. Join the team!

Peace Week Delaware 2017
Steering Committee Meetings
Event Planning Workshop

There remain several roles to fill on the Steering Committee—fundraising, publicity, website, data management, etc. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 19, 6:00 to 7:30 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 1301 N. Broom St., 19801. [meeting schedule].

If you or your organization have been been thinking about creating a Peace Week event this year, consult our event page  We’ll open online event registration on June 1 and hold an Event Development Workshop on June 12.

Daniel, Susan, Bruce, D-L, Kim, Terry, Julia, George, Jeff, Moira, Medard, Jason, and the rest of the Peace Week team

Sept. 17-24, 2017