Five Rivers Chautauqua

The Five Rivers Chautauqua was inspired by the Peace Dayton Collaborative Group and has become an organization dedicated to dialogue and events each summer and fall. The group has been integral in planting Peace Trees, the pine tree ceremonies that are a Native American tradition.

During the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow, the serene setting at SunWatch transformed with the beat of drums and the sounds and rhythm of American Indian music. For American Indians, Pow Wow is a special time to reflect upon a rich heritage and come into the Pow Wow circle with honor and respect for one another and the drum.

This Pow Wow is the culminating event of this year’s inaugural Five Rivers Chautauqua with storysharing and storylistening as we gather in right relationship to celebrate our unity.

Website: facebook.com/fiveriverschautauqua/

SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

SunWatch, originally named the Incinerator Site, was first excavated and reported on in the 1960s by amateur archaeologists John Allman and Charles Smith. When news came in the early 1970s that the City of Dayton planned to expand a nearby sewage treatment plant onto the property and impact the site, Allman and Smith contacted James Heilman, the Curator of Anthropology at the Dayton Museum of Natural History, in hopes of recovering as much valuable information from the site as possible. In 1971 the Dayton Museum of Natural History (now the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery) began “salvage” excavations at the site with just this goal in mind.

Website: SunWatch.org/

Miami Valley OTSE

The Miami Valley chapter of Ohioans to Stop Executions is a grassroots organization that works to educate the public about the flaws and injustices in the Ohio death penalty system. We promote humane alternatives to capital punishment and reform of the criminal justice system.

The Miami Valley OTSE is a the local branch of the Ohio coalition of organizations and like-minded individuals working to reduce and end the use of capital punishment in Ohio. In 2016, the group hosted at Summit Church a group of speakers that included former Ohio Governor Taft as well as others with insight into the death penalty.

We are faith leaders, community leaders, activists, attorneys, death row exonerees and those who have lost loved ones to violence. OTSE is the state affiliate of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Website: otse.org

Interfaith Forum of Greater Dayton

Each year the Interfaith Forum of Dayton takes on the large issues of race, gender, and poverty. Here is an example of their One Human Family workshops:

One Human Family Workshop (OHF) weekend which will take place in Dayton, OH – March 27 – 29, 2015 at
Christ Episcopal Church, 20 W. First St ., in downtown Dayton. The theme is “Unity in Diversity.”

Friday, March 27 (6:00 – 8:30pm) “Voices of Immigrant Experiences” These “Voices” gatherings are to serve as a bridge between the people of other cultures now residing here and the “local folk” and are meant to foster greater appreciation for each other. This one is different in that we will be focusing on the musical traditions (cultural and/or spiritual). Participants will break bread together with an International Dinner. H osted by the Dayton Human Relations Council Welcome Dayton initiative, the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and the Cultural Diversity Caucus which came out of the UD Community Summits on Eliminating Racism and is now part of NCCJ’s community initiatives.

Saturday, March 28 (9:00–4:30pm) One Human Family Workshop /Choir* the lyrics, songs of praise, protest, and purpose developed out of the African-American experiences from the days of the “sorrow songs”. will open the door for frank and honest dialogue to take place. We encourage everyone (teens and up), singers and non-singers alike to participate. We invite all attendees to participate in the concert on Sunday.

Sunday morning, March 29, some workshop choir participants will attend local venues to sing a song as a way to introduce the afternoon concert/dialogue program.

Sunday, March 29 (3:00-5:00) Concert/Dialogue hosted and sponsored by the Interfaith Forum of Dayton. The format is to use music/song lyrics instead of a speaker to foster meaningful dialogue to take place over refreshments midway through the program.

*If your worship service prevents you from participating in the Saturday workshop but you would like to be in the choir on Sunday please contact Colette at 937- 274-7009 or UnityinDiversity_2015_Dayton@yahoo.com to make other arrangements.

Wesbite: facebook.com/Interfaith-Forum-of-Greater-Dayton-143552765671563/

Dayton VA Medical Center

The Dayton VA has participated in Peace Day for several years, especially in the Honoring Veterans event.

The 150th Anniversary of the Dayton VA Medical Center is a year-long celebration to: recognize and pay tribute to the Soldiers Home and all the Veterans and families who have served and sacrificed over the past 150 years; to strengthen relationships with community partners, Veterans Service Organizations and the general public; to publicize the many services and capabilities of the Dayton VA Medical Center; and to increase Veteran enrollment.

Website: dayton.va.gov

Dayton Metro Library

Dayton Metro Library is a multi-branch library system serving 476,000 residents of the Dayton Metropolitan Area. It has 21 locations across the area. Over 7.6 million items were checked out in 2008. (Wikipedia)
Since the founding of the Library in 1888, we’ve consistently met the changing needs of our diverse and growing community. Our materials, programs, and initiatives cover countless topics for all ages. We are unwavering in our focus on excellence, and we are passionate about providing consistent, quality service in our six outcomes. Explore the Annual Report to see our impact.

Dayton Mediation Center

The Dayton Mediation Center has a rich history of providing free and low-cost conflict management services to the community as part of our vision to provide a peaceful and non-violent process for responding to conflicts.

We help people have difficult conversations – so they can say what they need to say and be heard, and hear the other person as well. Our services include mediation, facilitation, conflict resolution training/education, workplace team building, conflict coaching and restorative justice.  Neighbors, families, parents, youth, community groups and co-workers use our services to address a wide range of issues.

We are an agency of the City of Dayton and we provide services to community members through our connections with Dayton Municipal Court, the Dayton Police Department, Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Montgomery County Sheriff and other collaborations.

Website: DaytonMediationCenter.org

Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The leaders of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize are part of the Dayton Speakers Bureau.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize invites nominations in adult fiction and nonfiction books published within the past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. Both awards carry a $10,000 cash prize.

Website: DaytonLiteraryPeacePrize.org

Dayton International Peace Museum

Founded in 2004, the Dayton International Peace Museum raises awareness of nonviolent strategies for achieving peace now and in the future. The Dayton International Peace Museum was founded by J. Frederick Arment, Ralph and Christine Dull, Steve Fryburg and Lisa Wolters.  It honors the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended war in Bosnia. Its mission is to inspire a local, national, and international culture of peace.

People cannot be expected to end disputes peacefully if they have never learned nonviolent alternatives. Yet, few places exist for the sole purpose of teaching people—especially children—nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution. A peace museum fills this void.

Located in downtown Dayton, the Museum is housed in the Isaac Pollack House, a three-story structure built in 1876 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Incorporated in Ohio in 2004, the Museum is a 501(3)C organization and relies on volunteers and private donors for its support. The Museum is a member of the International Network of Museums for Peace, which has members in 27 countries, including Germany, Iran, Japan, Kenya, and South Africa.

Website: DaytonPeaceMuseum.org