Peace Sites

RededicationIt isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.— Eleanor Roosevelt

What is a Peace Site?

Peace Sites began as buildings—where groups congregate, socialize, study. They can be religious institutions, peace centers, community centers, schools, colleges, offices, businesses. At least one municipality became a Peace Site.

Now web sites can also be Peace Sites, linked to other web sites and carrying the ideals of the physical peace sites.

Each site determines its own way to work for peace. Some hold Peace Fair Days sharing ethnic food, song and dance to bring a community together for a day of celebration. Others hold religious holiday feasts shared with community members and still others honor a local outstanding worker for peace.

Others provide film showings and speakers at community meetings; join peace groups like NJ Peace Action in their actions; share space for other peace groups to meet.

A Peace Site can be located anywhere. The most obvious places are, of course, in existing institutions in every town and city. In brief, where you pray, where you play, where you study, where you work and where you live—those places where people congregate in peaceful pursuits.

There have been storefront peace sites, churches, synagogues and Humanist Society Peace Sites. They have been located in colleges, high schools, middle schools, and children’s day schools. YWCAs both in the U.S. and abroad have housed Peace Sites.