Past Events

Annual Community Event Collaborations

  • Support the annual “Little Taste of Peace” event in January which launches the Study Circles on Race in South Bend, hosted by the South Bend Human Rights Commission.
  • Participate and co-sponsor Martin Luther King, Jr Day activities in January. Every year CPNV staffs an information table, and additionally has sponsored or hosted related events and workshops:
    • 2016: Workshop highlighting local stories of peace
    • 2006: Presented excerpts from MLK Jr’s speech against the war in Vietnam during the youth activities.
    • 2005: Events with Civil Rights veteran Diane Nash
    • 2003: Organized children’s peace activities and a panel discussion on “King and War”
  • Recognize the International Day of Peace on September 21.
    • 2015: Collaboration with Michiana Peace and Justice Coalition and Mamas Against Violence. Combined recognition with National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Reflection space at County-City Building and community vigil at Jon Hunt Plaza.
    • 2014: Collaboration with the United Religious Community. Community gathering of prayers and comments from different faith leaders on their traditions’ approach to peace.
  • Co-host annual St. Marcellus Day (October 30) events with Catholic Peace Fellowship and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. (More information on the St. Marcellus Day page)
  • Interfaith participation in the national Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath ( in December. Collaboration with Everytown for Gun Safety and Mamas Against Violence.
    • December 13, 2015: Community forum at Sinai Synagogue
    • December 14, 2014: Community forum at St Paul Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

Educational Explorations

  • Began a bi-monthly dialogue group in August 2015 for area white pastors exploring white privilege and racial dynamics, including responses and responsibilities to end racism in congregations and the South Bend community.
  • Promoted community conversations on Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” including her talk in February 2015 and community responses and conversations in February and March 2015.
  • Sponsored War Resisters and Conscientious Objectors in the U.S. Military with Michael Sharp of the Military Counselors Network on June 23, 2006.
  • The Basis for Biblical Pacifism, a five-week ecumenical discussion course on the biblical passages supporting nonviolent practice.
  • “Just Peacemaking as Terrorism Prevention,” with Glen Stassen, Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, Sunday April 25, 2004 at First United Methodist Church,  South Bend.
  • Sponsored “The Heartache of War:  An Interfaith Prayer Service of Reflection and Solace,” March 19, 2004 on the anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, at Little Flower Catholic Church.
  • Small group studies of From Violence to Wholeness, a ten-part study and action course that explores active non-violence as a creative, powerful and effective process for addressing and resolving the conflicts in our lives and in the life of the world.  Organized facilitator training for “From Violence to Wholeness,” Feb. 6-9, 2004.
  • Sponsored Sheila Provencher on a Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegation to Hebron, West Bank and organized a community speaking event for her upon her return.

Local Campaigns and Organizing

  • Joined community collaboration in planning a day-long forum in September 2015 on “Breaking the School-to-Prison-Pipeline.”
  • Initiated “150 Stories of Peace” project as part of SB150 celebrations in 2015, to highlight local stories of peacemaking in the South Bend region. Stories can be viewed here:
  • Community Peace March and Rally,  co-organized with St Paul Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and H.O.T.-Hear Our Tears, brought together community members and area peace groups to stand together against violence, on October 11, 2014.
  • Initiated and organized the “Let Me Decide” Campaign with high school students who have become informed about military recruitment practices and their rights to “opt out” of having schools give their contact information to recruiters.  Events included two coffee houses with more than seventy participants each time.  In seven area high schools, hundreds of students have “opted-out.”
  • Organized efforts to limit utility deposits
    • Co-sponsored press conference announcing legislative effort to limit gas utility deposits to one month, Jan. 7, 2006.
    • IURC Utility Deposit Hearing, Dec. 1, 2004.  Through education and organizing, CPNV churches turned out half of the crowd of  800 participants seeking lower utility deposits.
  • Sponsored monthly Friday night “Prayer and Peace Walks from 10 p.m. to midnight. Teams of black and white church members walked the streets of the near northwest neighborhood to talk with youth and others, to pray and to be a presence in places that have known violence.
  • Monitored and protested gun shows at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair Ground.
  • Built relationships between church leaders that have led to joint projects and efforts such as witness against the death penalty.
  • Co-sponsored “Music for Peace” on January 18, 2003, which brought together more than 500 people in South Bend to speak out against war with Iraq.
  • Organized a march for peace with the theme “Invest in People, Not War” on Feb. 15 in conjunction with marches and demonstrations across the globe. More than 450 people participated in the South Bend march.

Nonviolence and Alternatives to Violence Training Events

  • Agape-Satyagraha brought together mentors with youth to give them alternatives to violence, from 2010-2011. The martial arts-inspired program is a curriculum supported by the Church of the Brethren. 
  • Peacemakers training to Saint Joseph County women with Peacemakers, an innovative program developed by a Mennonite pastor teaching assertiveness and basic self defense skills.
  • Nonviolence Trainings on May 6 and June 3, 2006, with the Michigan Peace Teams.
  • Sponsored training for fifty people from CPNV member churches with Diane Nash on the six steps of a conducting a nonviolent campaign, May 21, 2005.
  • Sponsored a day-long workshop on active nonviolence with civil rights veteran C.T. Vivian, Feb. 15, 2003.
  • Organized day-long January 2002 training in “Kingian Nonviolence” with David Jehnsen attended by more than 80 people.

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