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By @ 07/25/17 in News

peace dayThe International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

2017 Worldwide Theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All

The Oakland Peace Center, with St. Mary’s Center, will host a community gathering on September 21, details to follow.

In solidarity with those celebrating Peace Day all over the world, the Oakland Peace Center invites houses of worship to participate in Peace Sunday on September 17, 2017. Click HERE to sign up!

WHO IS THE OAKLAND PEACE CENTER?

opcThe vision of First Christian Church of Oakland, the Oakland Peace Center (OPC) is a hub for peacemakers in the East Bay to work, collaborate, grow, and create together.  The OPC has forty-two nonprofit partner organizers, twelve of whom office in the 40,000  sq. ft. converted church space, each working toward a more just and peaceful Oakland in their own way. From teaching nonviolence in prisons, to offering food and clothes to families in need, to teaching anti-bullying and emotional intelligence in local schools, and much more, our partners share a commitment to equity, access and dignity as the means to creating peace.

The OPC offers affordable office space to nonprofits as well as community space for trainings and workshops as prices continue to rise in the East Bay. The OPC also strengthens our partner’s work through capacity building and shared resources. Ultimately, we support transformative relationships that strengthen us all to work toward a more just and peaceful community.

Your contribution to the OPC through the Day of Peace will benefit not only the thousands of people who come to the OPC annually for workshops, trainings, community events, and social services, but the thousands more who are served through our partners throughout the East Bay. It will be a testament to the truth that we can do more together than we can alone.

Again, we would be thrilled if you supported us and the work of peace in one of several ways…click here to sign up!



By @ 07/05/17 in News

The Oakland Peace Center is really proud of who supports our work. The Gay Chemists’ Fund, National Benevolent Association, the Akonadi Foundation…all organizations deeply committed to equity and justice. And most of our funding comes from generous individuals, many of whom do not have tons of extra cash to throw around but who believe in investing in what Dr. King called the Beloved Community, especially at such a time as this, when efforts to dismantle it run rampant in the corridors of power.

This week we received a donation from the Faith at Work endowment fund of University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley, CA.

The Oakland Peace Center is a non-religious organization. So let me tell you why I’m proud we got this grant.

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By @ 05/24/17 in News

heroWe are so grateful to OPC supporter and gifted performer Houston Robertson for performing her show “Victory for the Recycled Virgin” on Friday June 16 at the Oakland Peace Center to help support our work!

You can get tickets HERE (discounts for two or more). You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll support peace!

“Sassy, sexy, captivating and wickedly funny. A must see for younger women.”       

Winnipeg Free Press 4 star review.

 

In Victory for the Recycled Virgin, a virgin bride of the 1950’s exposes the cultural lies she and her husband have been living. When a revelation launches the painful collapse of the marriage, she catapults into the hilarious, occasionally scandalous, and sometimes painful episodes of her midlife madness. This boldly honest show generates gasps, laughter, and cheers as you witness a recycled virgin’s bold quests for sexual liberation and personal power.

NOTE: Adult content.

 

“This show is sad, sweet, silly, outrageous, and very compelling. It’s a testament to exactly what’s meant by ‘You’ve come a long way baby.’”

—Wendy Carson, Indy Fringevictory

 



By @ 02/20/17 in News

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In these challenging times, we need to deepen our faith and sharpen our organizing skills!
We invite you to our upcoming Faith Rooted Organizing training on Sunday March 12, 2:00-5:30 and Monday March 13, 9:00 am-4:00 p.m. in Oakland.

This training is for clergy, lay leaders, and spiritually-motivated social change agents. This two-part training will deepen your understanding of the theory and skills of how to be an effective organizer in the world. It will help you to tap into your own deep values, motivations and visions. It will help you more fully integrate the gifts of your own faith and religious practices into your social justice work. It will connect you to a rich organizing model and ethos that grows out of the civil rights movement, liberation struggles in other countries and worker justice struggles in the U.S.

This training has proven transformative to the veteran and novice social justice advocate alike. It is an effective way to energize yourself and others in your congregation or network and help build a common framework and ethos among colleagues. Faith Rooted Organizing invites us to move beyond winning campaigns and calls us closer to our goal of building the beloved community—which we urgently need to live into.

Sponsored by: Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy, The Oakland Peace Center & Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. The training is $25 – $75 (sliding scale). To register email Kristi@workingeastbay.org.