Sept. 20, 2017



Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

The following events are currently scheduled for Peace Week Delaware.
All events are subject to change.


YWCA Open House and Community Conversation on Promoting Peace in West Center City

YWCA Delaware’s Racial & Social Justice Director will facilitate a conversation on “promoting peace in West Center City.” The event is free and open to everyone. We hope this will be an opportunity for West Center City stakeholders, in particular, to connect and brainstorm healthy ways to develop the community and promote peace. Join us; we will have snacks available, and children are welcome. Visitors will also be able to learn more about the Home Life facility and all the programs of YWCA Delaware.

 Where:  YWCA Home Life Management Center, 709 N. Madison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
When: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Sponsored by: YWCA Delaware,
Advance Registration Suggested: Lynda Pusey,
Questions?: Lynda Pusey,, 302-655-0039 x223

Rumi: Poems of Peace, Love, and Harmony

In these troubled times, many are looking for avenues for greater inner peace. Participants will listen to Rumi’s poetry, learn about the poet and his times and messages, and have an opportunity to express themselves through art and the written word. Social hour with refreshments to follow.

Where:  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, 420 Willa Road, Newark, DE, 19711
When: 6:30-9:00 pm
Sponsored by: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark,, and American Turkish Friendship Association
Advance Registration Suggested: Donna Shand, donnash,, 302-388-7009
Questions?:   Donna Shand,, 302-388-7009

Meditation 101

Learn the power and practice of meditation.  Participants will be invited to join in  a guided meditation. Peace Week Delaware believes that peace begins with each of us and meditation is a great first step in bringing peace into our lives.

Where:  Woodlawn Library, 2020 West 9th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805
When: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Sponsored by: Woodlawn Library,
Advance Registration Required: Kim Tull,, (302) 571-7425
Questions?: Kim Tull,, (302) 571-7425


Community Walkabout and BBQ

Grow the numbers and increase the impact of this weekly community walkabout with police, city officials, and residents. Join us for a BBQ in the Sun Park to celebrate the SUN anniversary following the walkabout.

Where: 22nd and Lamotte St, Wimington, DE 19802
When: 5:30-6:30 pm
Sponsored by: S.U.N., Safe United Neighborhoods/ Praying Ground Community Church – Wilmington, Delaware
Questions?:   Saundra Ben ,, 302-530-6881

“I Am Not a Racist”—
Confronting Race, Racism, and White Supremacy!

In this 2-hour facilitated workshop, participants will explore white privilege and structural racism in society through their personal experiences of race. Questions include: How does white supremacy affect all of us—and not just black and brown people? What can we do to combat racism in our personal lives, workplaces, and government structures?

Where: First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead St, Wilmington, DE, 19803
When: 6:00-8:00 pm
Sponsored by: Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow & First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Questions?: Darlene Scott,

Providing Emergency Assistance for Syrian Refugees

Presentation by Mr. Nizar Alkurdi, founder of Narenj Tree Foundation, which sends a full container each month of essential supplies to Syrian refugee camps. The foundation is headquartered in Pennsylvania but reaches out to Delaware and surrounding states for volunteers to help fill the containers. This is one way for those of us who seek worldwide peace to help displaced communities caught in the horrors of war. It is suggested that items for the containers be brought to this event. The items we are accepting areschool supplies, personal hygiene items, children’s underwear and children’s galoshes/rain boots. Delawareans are invited to donate items at the various drop-off points in all three counties during PWD.  They are listed at

Where:  Silverside Church, 2800 Silverside Road, Wilmington DE 19810
When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm for dinner(RSVP); 7:00 – 8:00 pm for program only
Sponsored by: Silverside Church,
Advance registration suggested: Mary Lew Bergman,, 302-529-1097
Questions?: Mary Lew Bergman,, 302-529-1097


Prayer Walk 

A small group of individuals will come together to construct a prayer labyrinth on the front lawn of the church.  The labyrinth is a tool that has been used for centuries by many cultures and religious traditions. By focusing on inner calm, individuals leave the labyrinth ready to take on the work of being peace in the larger community. Continued practice builds a peaceful person who role-models compassionThe wider community will be invited to use the labyrinth for personal walking meditation for the rest of the week and as long as weather permits, so that the practice and benefits extend beyond September.

Where: Zion Lutheran Church lawn, 2101 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19805
When: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Sponsored by: Zion Lutheran Church,
Questions?: Melissa P. Lemons, 646-229-9727  or 302-803-8866

Understanding Immigration in Kent County

Although diversity in our communities has increasingly caught society’s attention during the last four decades, historically -even before its inception- the U.S. soil has fostered a variety of demographic movements that make us question today’s definition of immigration. To fully understand the immigration experience, we ought to review personal, sociological, and historical components that redefine the term; who do we label as “immigrants”? With this background, we will, with fresher eyes, see our relationships as neighbors in Kent County, in the U.S. and in the global village. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko will provide the Hispanic-Latino perspective. She is a restorative justice practitioner and a passionate promoter of racial justice and the Latino culture. English-Spanish translations will be provided.

Wells Theater is located in Slaybaugh Hall off Cecil Street and the North Plaza of the Wesley College Campus. (Blue and white balloons will be displayed at the door). You can also park earlier at Wesley United Methodist Church (209 S. State St., Dover, DE) to share a quick meal at 6:00 pm. By 6:20 pm, you can walk to the theater or take a free shuttle.

Where:  Wells Theater at Wesley College, 120 North State Street Dover Dover, DE 19901.
When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Sponsored by: La Caminante,
Questions?: Carlos S. Reyes-Rodríguez,, 443-846-3365

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