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Peace Week Delaware is a project of the Movement for a Culture of Peace.

Eighty-five Events Registered for Peace Week Delaware 2018

Eighty-five events have been registered, seventy-five in New Castle County, six in Kent County and four in Sussex County for Peace Week Delaware 2018.  They  include community picnics, community walkabouts, interfaith conversations, discussions on racial divisions, alternative to violence workshops, lectures and discussions on immigration issues, healthy practices from yoga to meditation, films,  religious services, dramatizations on topics like homelessness and peace vigils, drum circles, several collections for the needy, consciousness raising for LGBTQ populations, a radio program, a community wellness fair and youth activities ranging from taking video to painting and writing poetry to making crafts like pinwheels and origami.

Thanks to the creativity and unselfishness of Peace Week event sponsors, we will all have a diverse program of events to educate, inspire, motivate  and amuse us beginning on September 15.

Thank you, event sponsors, for your efforts in designing these events and for your future efforts in executing them for our collective benefit.

For those of you who did not make the deadline, we encourage you to register your events so that they can be included on our website.  Your events will still qualify as full-fledged Peace Week Delaware events; we will all work to make every event a success.

All events have been posted. Event sponsors,  please check the postings for your event and contact us as soon as possible at events@peaceweekdelaware.org if editorial changes are needed.

Deadline for Event Registrations Approaches

Events registered after July 1 cannot be included in our printed program.

We will be pleased to post events registered after July 1 on our website but we will not be able to publish your event in our printed program if it is submitted after July 1. 

Register your event by clicking here for our Event Registration Form.

Scheduling considerations:
  • Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, begins before sunset on September 18th and ends after nightfall on the 19th.
  • We are tentatively planning a gala Peace Week opening event on Saturday, September 15 from 7:00-10:00.  Stay tuned for more information.

New Programs bring Peace Week into Schools

The Steering Committee of Peace Week Delaware is making available free peace-themed programs to area schools.  The programs introduce students to the benefits of peace and the alternatives to violence. The programs are available for assemblies or classroom use and can be scheduled by teachers and school administrators at times that suit their schedules. Available programs and contact information are available by using the link below:

http://www.peaceweekdelaware.org/peace-week-school-programs/

 

Forty events have been registered

EVENT PLANNING & REGISTRATION
Is your organization thinking about repeating a successful Peace Week event or planning something new? The Peace Week Steering Committee has developed guidelines for events and stands ready to help you.

We can also connect you to other like-minded organizations. If you pool your resources, you’ll reach a larger audience and have a greater impact. If you’re new to Peace Week Delaware, be sure to check out our event criteria.

Event registration is now open. It will close on July 1,  Events registered after July 1 cannot be included in our program.

Click here for our Event Registration Form.

Scheduling considerations:
  • Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, begins before sunset on September 18th and ends after nightfall on the 19th.
  • We are tentatively planning a gala Peace Week opening event on Saturday, September 15 from 7:00-10:00.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

Event Development Workshop: May 8


The Steering Committee is excited about how the plans for Peace Week Delaware 2018 are coming together. It’s time to meet again, to expand the individuals and groups involved, and to develop plans for specific events.Remember that event submissions will close on July 1.

Please join us for the Peace Week Delaware
Event Development Workshop

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30-8:00
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
1301 N Broom St, Wilmington, DE 19806

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
•Hear other event sponsors recount their experiences
•Learn how to meet event criteria
•Have a chance to tell us, the Steering Committee, how we can help
•Break bread together. Free homemade buffet: quiches, salads, fruit, cake, wine
Parking is available on the street or use the office lot across the street.

Register

by sending an email to info@peaceweekdelaware.org

Remember that we depend on people from the community to design and sponsor events. We can help you find a venue, locate a speaker, publicize your event and enlist support.

Join us. Let us work together to make a difference in our community.

 

Event Registration Is Now Open; Closes July 1

EVENT PLANNING & REGISTRATION
Is your organization thinking about repeating a successful Peace Week event or planning something new? The Peace Week Steering Committee has developed guidelines for events and stands ready to help you.

We can also connect you to other like-minded organizations. If you pool your resources, you’ll reach a larger audience and have a greater impact. If you’re new to Peace Week Delaware, be sure to check out our event criteria.

Event registration is now open. It will close on July 1,  Events registered after July 1 cannot be included in our program.

Click here for our Event Registration Form.

Peace Week Sets 2018 Dates

Peace Week Delaware will be expanded to nine days: September 15–23

The third annual Peace Week Delaware will be held from Sept. 15 – 23, 2018. The event has been expanded to nine days — including two full weekends — because of the large number of events expected. In 2017, sixty events were held across the state. Peace Week will again be held in conjunction with International Peace Day, which is Friday, Sept. 21.

VOLUNTEER!
The Steering Committee for Peace Week has already begun meeting. It’s looking for new volunteers to manage a variety of tasks. If you’re interested in helping to organize the overall Peace Week Delaware effort, email volunteer@peaceweekdelaware.org.

Meetings in Wilmington are held bi-weekly at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church on Broom St. Additional committees will be forming in Kent and Sussex counties this spring.

EVENT PLANNING
Is your organization thinking about repeating a successful Peace Week event or planning something new? The Peace Week Steering Committee has developed guidelines for events and stands ready to help you. We can also connect you to other like-minded organizations. If you pool your resources, you’ll reach a larger audience and have a greater impact. If you’re new to Peace Week Delaware, be sure to check out our event criteria.

Event registration will open in the spring and will close a little earlier this year so we can produce our popular program guide. Dates will be forthcoming soon, so follow Peace Week news by entering your email address in the left-hand column of the home page and clicking SUBSCRIBE. You’ll receive a notification when we post new information here.

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.