Sedona International City of Peace Projects

2016

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SPEAKING PEACE LECTURE & DIALOGUE SERIES PRESENTS
The Spirituality of Water
 
Vincent Randall •  Director, Apache Cultural Center
Thursday, November10, 2016  •  7 pm  •  Sedona Public Library
3250 White Bear Road in Sedona
 
The Sedona International City of Peace and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), are honored to present Mr. Vincent Randall, currently Director of the Apache Cultural Center, and formerly Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, as the first Speaking Peace Leacture & Dialogue Series presenter. Mr. Randall will discuss the spirituality of water from Yavapai-Apache perspectives and how these ideas, when recognized and utilized, can provide substantial support for the waters and land we all value in Sedona and the Verde Valley.  The deep wisdom and knowledge Mr. Randall will share is sure to inspire and engage the audience in participatory dialogue for action.
The evening’s presentation will be followed by an OLLI Workshop the following week on “Engagement in Social
Justice” focusing on how to collectively move forward on the water-cherishing ideas and perspectives
presented by Mr. Randall. This workshop will take place on Friday, November 18, at OLLI, Yavapai
Community College in Sedona, from 1 to 4 pm. It is free and open to all. 
 
The purpose of the “Speaking Peace Lecture & Dialogue Series” is to provide a forum where outstanding speakers share their expertise and engage the audience in participatory dialogue for action. Using a “lens of peace,” speakers provide insights on how to solve our most difficult mutual problems within our local, national and international communities. Audience involvement is encouraged, and opportunities to join together to further mutual dialogue and plan actions which foster problem-solving through expansion of cultures of peace,  round out the presentations. 

Peace Week  (Reach Out and Touch Someone) 2016 

September 17 – 24th

What an amazing week of special events fostering a culture of peace. Check out a few of them here.

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

Some 35 people attended the International Peace Day celebration at the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park.
A brief talk on the purpose of the stupa, how best to use the stupa to generate peace was given, followed by a sending and receiving meditation (tonglen)

led by Buddhist nun Miranda Coates, one of the Amitabha Stupa caretakers. The morning concluded with a dramatic fire puja (smoke offering), a traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice to purify negative karma and the causes of suffering.

Goldenstein Gallery presents “Everyday Peace”

A dedication of the “Wheel of Compassion”

“The Wheel of Compassion” is a limited addition Bronze Sculpture by Sherab “Shey” Khandrowith. This ceremony was so touching and heart warming. We wrote our intentions, placed them in a bowl and then spun the wheel, activating our intentions for Peace. Music was performed by Suzie Schomaker, singing John Lennon’s song “Imagine.”

Linda Goldenstein has been an active Peace partner with her gallery and throughout her life.Thank you for creating such an inspiring moment on The International Day of Peace!

Mandela Fellows, Young African Leaders visit Sedona

In partnership with Arizona State University, the Sedona City of Peace was host to 25 Mandela Washington Fellows during their recent two-day visit to Sedona, June 28-29. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, civic leadership training, social entrepreneurism, and networking.

Founding Partner of SICOP Michael Itskowitz’s direct involvement in creating the Mandela Washington Fellowship after decades of service envisioning and shaping initiatives for the U.S. Government and the United Nations has made the world a better, fairer and more peaceful place for the most vulnerable among us. As part of this work, he has spent time in more than 15 Sub-Saharan African countries, always awed by the spirit, creativity and commitment of the African people. In addition, he worked with Nelson Mandela when he was President of South Africa, and when Mandela agreed to co-chair the International AIDS Trust with President Clinton, an organization founded by Iskowitz and his friend and colleague Sandy Thurman.

Make no mistake about it, this was a collaborative adventure, from workshops taught by SICOP members Jane Perini, Paula Donnelly Roark and Dawn Shattuck, to music by Three Trees and Tara Adalia, to a beautiful meal donated by Lisa Dahl and Cucina Rustica and space donated by The Collaborative and Thomas McPherson.

2015

Sex-Trafficking in Yavapai County

PeaceWeek 017Presentation about minors involved in sexual exploitation in Arizona by SHI Ambassador and Peace Group Member Lori Rubenstein and Yavapai Sheriff Detective Chad Shilling. The short Shared Hope International documentary film Chosen, a film that tells the shocking true story of two ‘All-American’ teenage girls tricked into trafficking, was shown. $80 was raised for Shared Hope International and public awareness of the problem was raised. We learned that sex trafficking is in fact a problem in our community. We handed out action cards and within 6 months, the Verde Valley Coalition Against Human Trafficking was formed.

2014

Being a Bridge and Healing Cultural Wounds with Father Michael Lapsley of the Healing of Memories Institute

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father michae & the archFather Michael Lapsley spoke at Unity Church in a Community Forum encouraging reconciliation, forgiveness, honoring diversity and respect for all traditions. He was the inspiration behind the concept of the group having on-going Courageous Conversations. During the 1980’s Father Michael was a member of the African National Congress, fighting for equality against a harsh, tortuous apartheid regime. After being exiled from South Africa, he was sent a letter bomb, resulting in the loss of both his hands and partial loss in one eye.

This did not stop him. After healing and after Mandela became president, he worked closely with his friend Archbishop group.shotDesmond Tutu to bring people before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, advocating for restorative justice, forgiveness, and the opportunity for those who have wronged and been wronged to come forward and tell their stories.

Today, he continues this healing process with his Healing of Memories Institute and comes to Arizona, Minnesota and Hawaii to work with Veterans and Spouses of Veterans to heal their PTSD wounds.

International Day of Peace

SCOP-PeacebyPeaceFlyerPartnering with Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village, Andrea Smith, a local artist, SCOP coordinated all-day entertainment from over fifty area artists offering lively performances in the spirit of peace; a Global Feast for Peace with food donated by local restaurants (list) and proceeds going to the Yavapai Food Council; an the presentation of Andrea’s Peace Art Quilt made by over a thousand community children and adults on What Peace means to me. Over 2,000 people attended and $1200 raised for Yavapai Food Council.

 

dawnandpicsAs you can see, there were many events during the entire week. Speakers, dancers, slam poetry, musicians. Peace week 2014 was well received in Sedona, with hundreds of people and restaurants participating and giving back to the community.

2013

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2012

 

Event/Activity Category Description Date
Establish Sedona as an International City of Peace (ICOP) Organizational Sedona is the 35th city to become an International City of Peace 6/6/2012
Introduce Sedona as an International City of Peace Organizational Connected with Civic, Interfaith, Environment, Education, Hospitality, Arts, Business, Media, Wellness/Health, Historical, Human Rights/Dignity, Indigenous and Youth Teams to introduce Sedona ICOP 7/2012-9/2012
Community Meetings Organizational Introduction to Sedona ICOP and gather over 350 signatures 9/2012 – 12/2012
Member of Chamber of Commerce Organizational Discount: 2014
World Peace Day International Day of Peace Mayor proclaims International Peace Day as first annual. A Human Peace Symbol is made by 400+ Red Rock High School students on the athletic field – photo taken from helicopter 9/21/2012
Sedona Interfaith Forum  International Day of Peace  Partnered with Return to Honor – gather faith leaders and musicians for a Forum addressing what it will take to establish Sedona as a culture of peace. 100+ people attended.  9/16/2012
Worldwide Stupa Peace Walk  International Day of Peace  150+ people gathered at the Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park throughout the day to walk for peace, meditate, write on prayer flags, and donate to the local food bank and participate in the first Global Feast for Peace.  9/21/2013
Peace by Piece Festival  International Day of Peace  Partnering with Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village, Andrea Smith, a local artist, SCOP coordinated all-day entertainment from over fifty area artists offering lively performances in the spirit of peace; a Global Feast for Peace with food donated by local restaurants (list) and proceeds going to the Yavapai Food Council; an the presentation of Andrea’s Peace Art Quilt made by over a thousand community children and adults on What Peace means to me. Over 2,000 people attended and $1200 raised for Yavapai Food Council  9/21/2013
Courageous Conversations:

Films, Speakers, Panels That Promote Dialogue and

Suggest Actions Toward Fostering Peace Series

Engaging Community

Through

Courageous Conversations

 SCOP selects films and speakers that are relevant to our personal, local, national and international concerns for peace where we in Sedona might act as a catalyst. We design an event that includes a film or presenter and relevant facilitators leading courageous conversations to expand engagement, and offer relevant actions that offer participants ways to pursue their interests
 “Leave No Soldier” and “The Underworld Journey of a Soldier’s Soul”  Courageous Conversations: Film  This film addressed how we individually and as a community can provide restoration and a sense of peace during and in the aftermath of ongoing conflicts and challenges around the world, as well as traumatic experiences we face in our own community. The action we proposed was to listen deeply to the stories of those traumatized. (75 attendees)  9/11/2013
“Place at the Table”  Courageous Conversations: Film  This film addressed the local and national crisis of hunger. Arizona is deal last when it comes to childhood hunger and 1 of 3 children and 1 in 5 adults in Arizona are hungry. Partnering with the Yavapai Food Council, we collected food, initiated the Neighborhood Food Collection Project, and raised $1,000. (200 attendees  11/25/2015
“Being a Bridge: Healing our Cultural Wounds with Father Michael Lapsley  Courageous Conversations: Speaker  A Community Forum encouraging reconciliation, forgiveness, honoring diversity and respect for all traditions.  5/24/2014
Jean Houston brainstorming Engaging Community

Through Courageous Conversations: Speaker

 Exploring the possibility with Jean Houston of creating a Community Social Artistry program/curriculum that creates a new world mythology for peace and non-violence; a mythology that can be immediately shared with other communities between the International Cities of Peace network and other Community-based Peace-building efforts  6/1/2014
Child Sex Trafficking in Our Community: Awareness and Prevention  Courageous Conversations: Film and presentation  Presentation about minors involved in sexual exploitation in Arizona by SHI Ambassador and Yavapai Sheriff Detective. The short Shared Hope International documentary film Chosen, a film that tells the shocking true story of two ‘All-American’ teenage girls tricked into trafficking, was shown. $80 was raised for Shared Hope International and public awareness of the problem was raised.  1/27/15
Thirst Magazine in Uganda
Imagine Magazine
Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day Sedona  Community Building through Participation  As SCOP, we participate along with 350 volunteers in an interfaith, intergenerational spirit-led day. We planted a Peace Garden at the St. John Vianney Peace Shrine. A Handmade Bell by a local artist Cheston Trammel that will send a prayer for peace out into the world each time it is struck.  11/17/2013
Sedona World Peace Week  Community Building through Participation  Members of the Sedona International City of Peace Team lead workshops and events for the Sedona World Peace Week. All events were free to the public.  2/2/2014-2/7/2014
 Ordinance recognizing Civil Unions  Community Building through Participation  Members of the Sedona International City of Peace Team spoke at City Council Meetings to pass an ordinance that would recognize Civil Unions.  9/11/2013
 Co-hosting
“24 Peaces” Invitational film Opening first Illuminate Film Festival as part of Sedona’s First Sedona Arts Week
 Community Building through Participation  GENE, an artist and filmmaker presented his work in process for “24 Peaces” a film that illuminates 24 of the world’s greatest living peacemakers, the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Marianne Williamson, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Dr. Deepak Chopra. Local Artists/Peacemakers will create the voice of Sedona’s commitment as an International City of Peace.  5/28/2014
 Co-hosts for Living Room Conversations  Groups of six people held open, thoughtful conversations, in which people discussed the quality of life in our community. Bringing together people of differing political and social views, the intent is to create respectful sharing of ideas in the face of differing views.  10/2014
 Sedona Peace Tour Brochure  Elevating consciousness for Sedona as a culture of peace catalyzing other cities A Peace Tour that honors the specific places in Sedona and the Surrounding Verde Valley that foster and support a culture of peace. Honoring both the indigenous first peoples who walked this land for generations and the millions who have pilgrimaged here for healing and peace.  2014
 Sedona Peace Trail
 Peace Maker Awards  Elevating consciousness for Sedona as a culture of peace catalyzing other cities  Developing community awards recognizing those individuals and organizations that are actively engaged with activities that foster a culture of peace  2014
 Education Conference