Second Saturdays

Second Saturdays take place every two months on the second Saturday of the month to gather area peacemakers and interested persons together for reflection and inspiration on the way of nonviolence and peace.

NEXT Second Saturday: March 12, 2016:
Justice Restored: Repairing Harm and Building Community
10:00am-12:00noon, Kern Road Mennonite Church (18211 Kern Rd, South Bend)
Bring snacks to share

March 12 continues our Second Saturday series on Restorative Justice. Join local circle keepers Debra Stanley, Kathe Streeter, and Anne Coglianese and others in learning and experiencing what all the hype is about with these Circles in South Bend! Restorative justice circles are also touted across the country as an important contributor to breaking the “school to prison pipeline.” Come to learn more! And as always, bring your friends!


Past Second Saturdays:

January 2016: “The Native Roots of Restorative Justice”  CPNV launched its 2016 Restorative Justice theme for Second Saturdays (to support South Bend’s movement to break the “school to prison pipeline”) with Chief Judge Petoskey of the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi in a conversation about the foundations of restorative justice in native and indigenous traditions and values. Hosted by South Bend Friends at the Colfax Cultural Center.

November 2015: “Breaking the School-to-Prison-Pipeline: What Faith-Based Organizations and People Can Do”  With our host congregation, St. Augustine Catholic Church, we heard from youth about the “school to prison pipeline” and discussed what we can do to bring about change. Flyer from the event can be seen here.

September 2015: We partnered with the Community Forum for Economic Justice in supporting the community forum “Education, not Incarceration: Break the School to Prison Pipeline”  at IUSB. The day-long forum hosted many speakers, panelists, and workshops providing insight, information, and opportunity for movement-building coalitions to learn about the “School to Prison Pipeline” and how we might disrupt it through different policies, practices, and orientations in our schools.

May 2015: SB150 Stories of Peace “launch.” We met at New Birth Christian Ministries and discussed in small groups what a “peace story” might look like, where we might find them in South Bend, and about the new project to collect 150 stories about people building peace in South Bend.

March 2015: “Employment Challenges after Incarceration” – Panel members: Carolina Arroyo (University of Notre Dame professor and community leader working on “ban the box” initiatives), MariClare Osborn (Director of Human Resources, Nyloncraft Inc), Maria Stancati (Program Director, Dismas House), Kate Williams (Executive Administrator, Community Corrections Advisory Board), and information from Irene Britt and the Second Chance program at Ivy Tech Community College. We met at Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren and learned from the panelists about the challenges facing people with felony convictions in trying to find jobs and local initiatives to address those challenges.

January 2015: Area peace groups gathered at First Unitarian Church, to share about their efforts for peace in the community.  Participating groups included: Michiana Peace and Justice Coalition, Mamas Against Violence, Catholic Peace Fellowship, Group Violence Intervention, restorative justice initiatives, everytown.org local chapter, Take Ten, and local chapter of Buffalo Soldiers motorcycle club.

November 2014: Chief Bill Thompson from the St Joseph County Police Department led a discussion on the local impact of the 1033 program which allows law enforcement agencies to acquire military equipment.  We met at St Paul Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, shared in their community hot meal, and Rev. Washington began our discussion with a reflection on peace.

September 2014: Peter & Liz Anderson from InnerCHANGE in East London in the UK.  We met at Kern Road Mennonite Church and Peter & Liz led us in participatory worship and shared about “community building, peacemaking, and creativity as ways to explore both identity and following the teachings of Jesus.”  Peter shared about his story of growing up in Bremen, Indiana with an expected military career, before becoming a youth pastor with Liz in a multi-ethnic Mennonite church in Chicago and now working in East London.

May 2014: Brad Laird shared about the Quaker peace tradition and style of prayer at the Friends meeting place at Charles Martin Youth Center

March 2014: Work groups met at St Augustine Catholic Church for discussion

January 2014: Bob Gross, from On Earth Peace, shared at Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren

November 2013: Work groups met at Little Flower Catholic Church for discussion

September 2013: At Zion United Church of Christ, Danile Martens and Judy Godshalk shared a book review on The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, by Steven Pinker.

May 2013: Work groups met at Crest Manor Church of the Brethren, discussing youth mentoring and websites.

March 2013: Joe Bock shared about “The Use of Social Media in Nonviolent Movements in Egypt,” and Sue Lyke shared in a time of prayer at Kern Road Mennonite Church.

January 2013: Work groups planned the Conscientious Projector Series at St Augustine Catholic Church

November 2012: Thomas Pfenson discussed The Olive Branch and led a time of getting better acquainted with each other at Little Flower Catholic Church.

May 2012: Duane Grady shared at Kern Road Mennonite Church about his time with Christian Peacemaker Teams in the West Bank.

March 2012: Group discussion on the Agape Satyagraha project in South Bend.

January 2012: CPNV coordinator Matthew Insley led in a time of vision and prayer for CPNV at Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren.

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