Greater Dayton Christian Connections

The Greater Dayton Christian Connections exists to connect Christians, churches, and organizations to transform lives and to build loving, reconciling communities.

We value faith in Jesus Christ through respecting God’s creation – all persons and the natural order; through promoting Christian unity in worship, prayer, learning, mission and service; through contributing to the well-being of our community by being bridge builders, agents of reconciliation and advocates for justice; and through responsible stewardship of our financial resources.

Website: ChristianConnections.org

Grace United Methodist Church

Many Peace Day events are held at the wonderful facility at Grace United Methodist on Salem Avenue.

Grace Church is a faith community in the heart of Dayton seeking to follow Christ’s examples of love, peace and justice. We are a diverse urban community of persons who value connecting to God and to one another. We believe that God is love and that all persons are valued in the family of God. We believe in Jesus Christ and we work to follow his example of radical, justice, and peace. We believe in the Holy Spirit as God’s constant presence and power in our lives. We believe that it is good to question and to seek. We may not always believe the same as one another, but the people of Grace Church believe in God’s love and in one another. Grace is for everyone!

Website: GraceUMC.com

Dayton Peace Bridge

In 2017, the 27th Annual Peace Bridge Day provides a time and space for people to come together to feel a sense of enhanced joy, peace and unity by meeting for a day of events on Dayton’s historic Third Street Bridge, designated the Peace Bridge since 1966. The Day provides a venue for the local interfaith celebration of the National Day of Prayer, May 7. The Peace Bridge event calls all people of Dayton, regardless of race, creed, or religion, to come together as one spirit. Peace Bridge Day events will strengthen Dayton through the unity expressed in walking together, listening to each other, expressing ideas, and committing to actions that will bring positive progress to the Dayton Region. Adults and youth are encouraged to attend.

Website: facebook.com/DaytonMlkPeaceBridge/

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 Human Relations Council

Established in 1962 by the Dayton City Commission, the Dayton Human Relations Council enforces civil rights; provides business and technical assistance to minority-owned, woman-owned and small disadvantaged businesses; and administers community relations initiatives that promote and maintain peace, goodwill and harmony; assists in reducing inter-group tensions, and ensures equality of treatment and opportunity to all who live, work, play, and gather in the City of Dayton.

Website: DaytonHRC.org

Dayton Baha’i Center

The Dayton Baha’i Center puts on peace and justice workshops and musical events all year long and participates in Peace Day activities in September. As their philosophy illuminates: Humanity is one, and prejudices and patterns of life that block the expression of this fundamental truth are gradually falling away.

We see evidence of this transformation all around us – the breaking down of the old, and the building up of new ways of being and social structures that contribute to the advancement of all people. Working towards this vision will require profound personal and social transformation over many generations. Humanity is leaving behind its childhood and entering a period of collective maturity.

Website: find.bahai.us/community/ohio/dayton-bahai-center

Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund

On Sept. 11, 2001, Alicia lost her life along with so many other Americans in the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks. She was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund was established in August 2002, by the Titus family and their church friends, all of whom have ties to Urbana University. It was created to carry out the legacy and spirit of Alicia’s life by sponsoring programs that promote and support a culture of peace at the University and within the community.

After losing their beloved daughter, John (Class of ’77) and Beverly (Class of ’90) have advocated for peace education in the community and at Urbana, along with the UU Student Peace Alliance. It’s John and Bev’s mission to mend that concern and create a culture of peace.

Website: urbana.edu/about-us/community/alicia-titus-memorial-peace-fund

Abolition Ohio

The Abolition Ohio group at the University of Dayton hosted an exhibit on Human Trafficking at the Dayton Metro Library as part of Urban Nights and International Day of Peace.

Our Vision. To lead the global human rights community in the search for transformative solutions to systemic patterns of injustice that will affect real change in the lives of the poor and the persecuted.

Our Mission. Building on the legacy of the university’s innovative Human Rights Studies program, the Human Rights Center advances the University of Dayton’s mission to promote respect for the inherent dignity of all persons through dialogue, research and education.

Website: udayton.edu/artssciences/ctr/hrc/abolition_ohio/index.php