SB150 Stories of Peace

150 Stories of Peace is an initiative led by CPNV to collect 150 stories of peacemaking as part of the city-wide “SB150” celebrations. 

We’re collecting everyday stories of peacemaking by people from South Bend:
-finding a creative way to resolve a conflict, dispute, or argument
-offering forgiveness
-building community across traditional dividing barriers
-reconciling with someone
-choosing peace over violence

Stories can be submitted in a variety of ways:
-written story submission (maximum 500 words)
-interviews (which can be conducted by request and recorded as: written, audio, or video)
-audio submission
-video submission
-photograph with caption

Collected stories will be published on a website in the fall, with anticipation of a book publication afterwards.  All submissions and questions can be emailed to:

How do you get involved?
1) Submit a story!! We all have a story of peace. We may have helped our children resolve a disagreement, chose to listen to someone with a different perspective from us, decided to use words instead of violence to end a conflict, brought people together across dividing lines, or even did something large and courageous among large groups of people. We want to hear your story! Send us your story, or your questions – to
2) Volunteer! We need story-collectors/encouragers, editors, outreach coordinators, interviewers, and sponsors. Send an email to to volunteer!
3) Spread the word across the community, and find and encourage stories to be shared (tell on your neighbor!)!
4) Stay up to date on efforts by joining CPNV’s email list (by sending a request to, and joining the CPNV facebook page, and the peace stories project page.
Happy writing and sharing!
Again, all submissions can be emailed to: All submissions will need to complete a Peace Stories Release Form for inclusion in the project. For those who are conducting or participating in an interview, or submitting a video or audio recording, the Peace Stories Interview Data Form is additionally needed.  Completed forms can be sent to CPNV, P.O. Box 1584, South Bend, IN 46634.

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