... is people standing up to say that violence will not have the last word.
... is in honor of Paul Ziegler, a young man who planned to ride his bicycle across the country for peace, but never got the chance.
... says that we can make a difference – that we don’t need to accept how things are, and we really can build a more peaceful world.
This spring, people all over the country will be riding and walking and reaching out to raise funds for the violence-prevention programs of On Earth Peace. Here are a few examples of what this means:
• Inner-city youth have the chance to develop awareness and skills to face the violence around them with creative nonviolence;
• Children can learn at an early age what it takes to make peace, and can share their vision of a better world through public art projects;
• Community leaders have the support and training to develop effective violence-prevention projects in their neighborhoods.
These are proven, on-the-ground projects that make a difference in people’s lives.
The 3000 Miles for Peace campaign will raise $300,000 to undergird and expand this work. All funds raised will be placed in the Paul Ziegler Young Peacemakers Fund, and will underwrite these peace-building efforts which were so important to Paul.
From two youth in the Agape-Satyagraha Leadership Training Program:
“I used to get in a lot of fights, through fifth and sixth grade. Now I avoid it by walking away, or by trying to make peace with my enemy.”
“It will make you a better person, to come to this program. It will change you.”
From a school social worker and parent in Pennsylvania:
“I love reading about the growth and exciting things going on at On Earth Peace. It just really feels like you are doing such relevant work in the church and in our world."
From a youth advisor in Virginia after a workshop led by On Earth Peace:
“You did a great job and I am so thankful you were able to visit with us for awhile.”
From the pastor of a church in California:
“As a congregation, we are so grateful for the ways On Earth Peace is walking with us.”
Here are three ways you can join in this exciting campaign:
Walk or ride -- Join a 3000 Miles for Peace walk or ride in your area, or organize one. You’ll find helpful guidance and easy online tools here for organizing a ride or walk and inviting people to join you.
Launch a fundraiser -- You don’t need to lace up your sneakers or hop on a bike to raise funds. With our help page, you can easily set up an online fundraising page and invite people to join you as partners in peacemaking.
Contribute -- Just donate on this campaign page, or send a check to On Earth Peace, PO Box 188, New Windsor MD 21776, and mark it “3000 Miles for Peace.”
On Earth Peace helps individuals, congregations, communities, and other groups grow in peace through powerful programs of training and accompaniment. Our professional staff and network of experienced volunteers provide skills, support, and spiritual foundations for overcoming violence with the power of love. While grounded in our faith tradition, we work with all kinds of groups -- like schools, churches, community organizations, businesses, government agencies, and others.