Dayton Peace Month




“With an open heart, we can worry less about which side has been wronged,
and worry more about joining sides to do right.” 

— President Obama, Dallas, 2016



This year’s Peace Day theme from Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon — “Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace” — is a huge challenge. We say, “Dayton is ready!”
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Our secret weapon… Unity. The unity we enjoy as a community has been won through the hard work of previous generations committed to making things better for their children. Now it is time for OUR generation to build on that unity and use its power to show the world another way… consistent peace-building in every aspect and for every person in our Region.

Just one example of how UNITY works: See the two photos below. Number one is of the riot police facing off a “Black Lives Matter” protester in Baton Rouge. The second was taken in Dayton last week showing the “conversational engagement” between police and protesters. Dayton has violence, yes, and many problems, but we also have the basis for progress based on unity of purpose.

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals of 17 major challenges is do-able in Dayton. As an organization, we’re committed to make that happen — Over 85 organizations so far!

We need you at the Next Meeting — Thursday, August 11, 6:30 at the Northwest Branch Library, Rm. B, at 2410 Philadelphia Dr. near Good Sam Hospital at the corner of Salem Avenue.


The Collaboration Expands: Some amazing Regional Events are happening:

URBANA: Keynote Marianne Williamson and the World House Choir, Sept. 11 in Urbana at the “Community Day of Remembrance”.

SPRINGFIELD: Now an official City of Peace, Springfield’s Peace Committee will host author Capt. Paul Chappell at Wittenberg on Sept. 12.

The following are planned Peace Dayton and Regional events for September, 2016. Details to be finalized before they will be placed on the calendar.

OFFICIAL KICKOFF: – “Peace Heroes Walk”, Sept. 11, sponsored by the Dayton International Peace Museum, WYSO, and NCCJ

The Alicia Titus Memorial Run for Peace, Urbana, Sept. 10, by Sept. 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

Miami Valley Problem Oriented Policing Community Conference, Sept. 10, Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association

Keynote Marianne Williamson and the World House Choir, Sept. 11 in Urbana at the “Community Day of Remembrance”

In Springfield, author Capt. Paul Chappell at Wittenberg on Sept. 12

In Yellow Springs: AACW Jazz Fest to collaborate with Peace Day celebrations

Honoring our Veterans event hosted by the Montgomery County Commission

MVOTSE Panel on Death Penalty including Bob Taft, Crystal Walker, Melinda Elkins-Dawson, and Jon Paul Rion

Peace Tree Planting by the Sisters of Precious Blood and Five Rivers Chautauqua

Feast for Peace in the Garden on Salem by the Salem Avenue Peace Corridor

Interfaith Prayer Breakfast by the Greater Dayton Christian Connection

Dayton Peace Trail geo in planning by the Dayton International Peace Museum

Non-Violent Covenant initiative by the Greater Dayton Christian Connection

Family Day for Peace Week by the Dayton Art Institute

Labyrinth Walk for Peace by the Marianist Environmental Education Center

Panel Presentation by the Marianist Environmental Education Center

Feast for Peace and Panel event by the Miami Valley Ohioans to Stop Executions

Preach Peace Initiative by the Greater Dayton Christian Connection

United Against Violence of Greater Dayton is planning co-sponsored events

Joint Montgomery County Baha’i Community event for peace day

Mt. Vernon neighborhood Global Feast for Peace

White Pine Peace Tree planting at Sisters of the Precious Blood

Lighting of the Miamisburg Mound and Fiver Rivers Chautauqua Global Feast for Peace

Screening of movie “Free Land”

Global Feast for Peace at Roaring Brook Farm in Bellbrook

Humanitarian Mission exhibit at the Northwest Library Branch

Sunwatch Feast for Peace on Saturday, Sept. 17

OFFICIAL CLOSING of September Peace Day/Week/Month Events: TBD

Video Live Link: On 16 September 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the Secretary-General will celebrate the Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Japanese Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. Women Nobel Peace Prize laureates and the United Nations Messengers of Peace will be invited to participate in the ceremony. The United Nations Education Outreach Section will hold a global student videoconference on the same day, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., also at United Nations Headquarters.

 — Five Rivers Chautauqua: The second annual Five Rivers Chautauqua, an alliance of Peace Dayton, mounted a week long series of events for the Equinox in June.

 — Support the Peace Heroes Walk, 2016! This This year, the Kickoff Event for Peace Dayton will be the Peace Heroes Walk at Riverscape. You can walk for peace and show your support for increased peace literacy in the Dayton Region. We encourage all of our members and organizations to be a part through participation and sponsorship. Here are details:


The following organizations are current or past participants in the Peace Dayton Collaborative Group. Apologies for the incomplete list of organizations. If your organization would like to be listed, please let us know by email: arment[at]

Abolition Ohio

Ahimsa’s Army (WSU)

Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund

Anchored in Peace Churches

Andy Snow Photography

Carillon Historic Park

Church Women United in Greater Dayton

Dayton Baha’i Center

Dayton History

Dayton Human Relations Council

Dayton International Peace Museum

Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Dayton Mediation Center

Dayton Metro Library

Dayton Peace Ambassadors

Dayton Peace Bridge

Dayton Peace Trail

Dayton: City of Peace

Dayton VA Medical Center

Grace United Methodist Church

Greater Dayton Christian Connections

Interfaith Forum of Greater Dayton

International Cities of Peace

Miami Valley Council for Native Americans

Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association

Miami Valley Ohioans to Stop Executions

Missing Peace Art Space

Montgomery County Commission

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department

NCCJ of Greater Dayton

Peace on Fifth

Promoting World Peace

Salem Avenue Peace Corridor

Samaritan Behavioral Health

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

Sikh Society of Dayton

Sinclair Community College

Spire Arts

Suicide Prevention Center


The Adam Project

The City of Dayton

The Collaboratory

The Community of Peace (COP)™ Garden

The Compassionary

The Dayton Art Institute

The Dayton Police Department

Five Rivers Chautauqua

The Gathering Space

The Golden Rule Institute

Pax Christi at University of Dayton

United Against Violence of Greater Dayton

University of Dayton

Veterans of Foreign Wars: Elliott-Mote Post

Welcome Dayton

World House Choir

Have a Feast for Peace! Started in Dayton, but now held in 150 locations worldwide, the Global Feast for Peace is a way you, your family and friends, or your group can “break bread together” for peace during September. Designate a meal for peace and let us know. We’ll put you on the global map.

Time’s a wastin’ and WE NEED DETAILS!  Whether it’s a Feast for Peace, a community conversation, a music or arts venue, it’s all a part of the community-wide celebration! We will help promote your event. Send details to the Facilitator for Peace Dayton: arment[at]


Your Support is Appreciated


See you at the Next Meeting — Thursday, August 11, 6:30 at the Northwest Branch Library, Rm. B, at 2410 Philadelphia Dr. near Good Sam Hospital at the corner of Salem Avenue. Last chance for planning, collaboration and/or promoting your event!

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