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

International Cities of Peace

International Cities of Peace is the registered trademark of Cities of Peace, Inc., which is a Dayton based organization serving as the fiscal sponsor for Peace Dayton. International Cities of Peace is an associated network of independent cities of peace focused on self-defining their community as valuing and working toward a culture of peace. There are over 160 cities of peace in 43 countries on six continents.

Website: InternationalCitiesofPeace.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/

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 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 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