Are you interested in volunteering? Click here to fill out our volunteer form!
Creating spaces of Peace: Here in the Bay it can feel like there are no real spaces of peace. But every one of us has the ability to create peace in our communities and in our everyday lives. Whether it be through silent meditation or by attending a rally to stand with marginalized peoples. And when you do a little something to create a space of peace, it can start a chain reaction!
OPC’s Creating Spaces of Peace is a project that highlights our collective stories of peace and allows us to acknowledge the actions we make toward creating peace everyday.
During winter 2018 people will have the opportunity to share their stories of peacemaking and reflect on how that action affected themselves and the broader community. Thanks to generous donors, for every person who reports how they made a space of peace, we get $1…all the way to $1,000 if 1,000 people participate! This is a way you can help the community with your actions and the OPC also benefits financially!
So we are asking you to go to the OPC’s Action Network site between now and the end of the year and report something you did to create a space of peace! For every 100 submissions we get, we’ll share them (anonymously) with the community through social media to get people inspired! We hope this will make for a more peaceful Oakland this year.
Since the term peace is so broad, it can be confusing to know whether we’re actually doing stuff that results in peace. It turns out, though, that creating peace is a lot more than meditating silently in the Himalayas. It can be pretty everyday stuff! Also, doing social justice stuff creates peace. (Check out this list of nontraditional ways to make peace thanks to our friends at American Friends Service Committee!)
We have constructed 10 Creating Spaces of Peace Categories and examples to help get you thinking. Each category is based on a section of the Satyagrahga Foundation’s Wheel of Integral Nonviolence (to learn more about “integral nonviolence” from someone who works with OPC partner East Point Peace Academy, click here!):
Creating Spaces of Peace Categories –
- Forging connections: Connecting with people across all lines of difference
- Fruits of Our Labor: Being less reliant on things found in stores
- Spiritual Practice & Fellowship: Engaging in spiritual practices and community
- Action, Engagement, Resistance: Taking matters of resistance into our own hands (??)
- Accompaniment: Walking with the oppressed in mutual empowerment and service
- Building Community: Creating interdependence (hosting a meal of spaghetti or beans and rice when you were just going to eat by yourself)
- Honoring Creation: Being present to the earth (planting or caring for a tree where there isn’t enough green, volunteering at a community garden or advocating to create a community garden, getting into nature instead of absorbing a violent tv show or movie)
- Self-care and Wholeness: Being present to the needs of yourself and your body (turning to meditation and mindfulness practices instead of anger or violence)
- Power to the People: Taking our money away from institutions that create injustice and lead to war (moving your credit card balance from a big bank that took away people’s homes during the foreclosure crisis and putting it with a credit union)
- Passing the Torch: Using your knowledge and sharing the lessons (sharing stories of peace and justice with a child, mentoring a youth so they can get better opportunities down the road)