About Us

In 2012, the Sedona International City of Peace proudly became the 35th of now more than 300 International Cities of Peace worldwide.  We strive to foster a culture of peace by engaging our community, expanding connections with others, and elevating consciousness. 

 

We host events that are designed to raise awareness about issues in our community.  We have focused on several issues that impact our community and its culture of peace such as stereotyping, hunger, mental health, bullying, sex trafficking, and other deep cultural wounds experienced from war, racism, and indigenous segregation.  All of our events and activities conclude with suggested actions for individuals and groups to take in effort to help cultivate a greater culture of peace.

 

We have partnered with many organizations including, but not limited to, the Sedona International Film Festival, Rotary Club of Sedona, Yavapai/Apache Cultural Center, Verde Valley Mental Health Coalition, Human Trafficking Coalition, Healing Memories for Veterans and their families, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Yavapai Food Council, Sedona Area Homeless Alliance, Verde Valley School, Red Rock High School, West Sedona Middle School and the Charter Schools, the Mandela Fellows Civic Leadership Program, various art galleries, and many local businesses to fulfill our goals.

Our Mission

 

To nurture, inspire and empower the community of Sedona to thrive and flourish while fostering a culture of peace through uplifting, engaging, and transformative community programs.

 

Our Vision

 

We envision a culture of peace as one that respects our shared humanity.  It ignites a social connection that forms new and inspired traditions and ideas that uphold the highest values of the human heart.

 

Our Values

 

We celebrate the highest values of the human heart:  courage, respect, compassion, connection, empathy, harmony, inner peace, and love.

 

Our Goals

 

  1. Develop signature programs with full and inspired teams/peace partners

  2. Communicate and engage with our community

  3. Acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of our community

  4. Recognize and promote peace efforts of others

  5. Fund self-sustained programs and operations through aligned sources

  6. Build and nurture a strong, sustainable, and diversified Board

Our Board

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Margaret Joy Weaver

 

Chair 

A 25-year resident of Sedona Arizona, Margaret has founded and served on many Sedona Boards: Sedona International Film Festival (10 years), Sedona Culture Collaborative, Mental Health Coalition and Founder - now Board Chair of Sedona International City of Peace. Her commitment to the transformation and awakening of humanity has led her being a life-longer seeker - participating and leading to tens of thousands of people. She is a mother to a young woman from India who came to Sedona during her junior year and graduated with honors from Verde Valley School and is now at NAU.

Myra Shutt

Vice Chair

Myra is an Artist, Musician-Vocalist/Trumpet Player, and Actor with a Master's Degree of Music.  She is the former 20-year owner and manager of Blue Heron Entertainment, entertaining throughout the New York Metro area.  Promoting Peace has been a longtime passion for Myra, which led to the creation of her trademark “Peace – People Embracing All Cultures Equally” – “Wear the Message – Live the Message.”  Presently, Myra is creating Artwork inspired by Angels and living in a Peaceful Heart.  

Suzanne Miller

Co-Secretary

Suzanne is a retired marketing executive who has done extensive work in peacebuilding through organizations such as Rotary International, Peace Village Global education programs for children, and the Portland, Oregon Center for Spiritual Living.

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MarJamie Zimmerman

 

Co Secretary

Jamie is an attorney with the H1 Law Group and is a passionate advocate in both her professional and personal life.  In the fostering of a culture of inner and outer peace, she is committed to truth, integrity, and equity.

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Susan Hagen 

Treasurer

Susan is the owner of Your Business Accountant LLC, an accounting and business advisory service company. She has been involved in many outreach programs in the past. She is a member of a multigenerational household and supports her mother through her aging process.  She is honored to serve as the organization's treasurer.

Debra Gallaway

Debra moved to Sedona in 2012 and became involved with SICOP in 2014 when she helped facilitate the first “Feast for Peace” as well as Andrea Smith's “Peace by Piece” project. She was a founding board member of The Scully Learning Center in Cave Creek AZ, prior to moving to Sedona. She is a new sponsor for Emerson Theater Collaborative and has also been a member of The Sedona Women since 2017.  Debra ​is a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Realty in the Village of Oak Creek.

Our Accomplishments

International Day of Peace

Sedona Human Library

Meditation Mondays

Dissolve the Divide

Courageous Conversations

Peace Conscious Films

Panel Discussions

Peace by Piece

Human Rights Ordinance

Teaching Symposium for Mandela Fellows Young International

Peace Week Seminars

World Peace Dance

Peace Circles

Peace Trail

Stand For Peace

Imagine Magazine

Mitzvah Day

John McCain Cherry Pie

Feast for Peace

City Council participation

“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh