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CNV Actions: Arkansas Peace Week

09.19.15 - 09.29.15 // Little Rock, AR
Date: 9.19.2015 - 9.29.2015 09.19.15 - 09.29.15
Time: All Day
Organizer: Caroline Stevenson
Venue: Various Little Rock Locations
City: Little Rock, AR


The most current and full details can be found on their website here. You can also download a PDF list of the Arkansas Peace Week Schedule 2015 here.

Saturday, 9/19 – 9am: Equality Summit Arkansas. Donaghey Student Center. Although we have seen some incredible victories over the past few months, there is still a lot of work to be done! In order to ensure that all LGBT Arkansans are treated fairly, it’s vital we all work together towards electing pro-LGBT candidates, creating communities that are safe for everyone, and ensuring institutions such as hospitals, schools and places of worship are fully-inclusive. At HRC Arkansas, we know that to make positive long-term change we must work locally, with dedicated community members and leaders like you who care about equality. That is why we are inviting you to attend HRC Arkansas’ first statewide Equality Summit, a one-day community-building and advocacy training for HRC Arkansas members and supporters, and other LGBTQ and allied advocates. At this summit we will continue building our base and empowering volunteer leadership across the state through strong relationships and training. Please RSVP here to attend this day-long event. The summit will be followed by an evening reception where volunteers will have the opportunity to continue to network and share their ideas for creating a fair and equal Arkansas.  For more information, please email hrcarkansas@hrc.org

All day Random Acts of Kindness during Arkansas Peace Week, Sept 20-27. Post Comments here when you witness, receive or commit Random Acts of Kindness. During ARKANSAS PEACE WEEK (Sept 20-27) let’s make a concerted community effort to perform random acts of kindness (RAK). Let’s track every act of kindness by reporting back to this page. Can we reach 100? Can we reach 1000? Let’s start NOW by posting ideas that we can all share. For instance, speak to homeless person, call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a long time, visit a nursing home, secretly pay $5 towards the purchase of groceries for the person behind you in line, smile at EVERY person you pass on the street, leave a close parking spot available to someone who might really need it….there are so many ways to spread happiness and good will. Every time you or your organization is a recipient or the giver of a RAK, please share it here. Share, Share, Share!! Start sharing your IDEAS NOW. Beginning Sept 20, let’s see those RAKs come flooding in each day!

All day through Sept. 28th Online Class: A Christian Response to Gun Violence Where:  The Big Class: A Christian Response to Gun Violence Starts Mon, Sep 14th, 2015.  Take this class for free with ChurchNext students from around the world. You may register now, then come back anytime between September 14 – 28 to take the course (yes, we’ll send you an email reminder). 24/7 access from September 14-28 to all video lectures, downloads, and course content. Video lectures with Eugene Sutton and Ian Douglas Downloadable Discussion Questions for groups and The Takeaway, for personal study. Interaction with other students through discussion questions and sharing notes.

All day through Sept. 26th.  Peace Cookies at Community Bakery.  This Event presented in coordination with Arkansas Peace Week, September 20-27. As part of globalrecognition of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace onSeptember 21, Arkansas Peace Week promotes peacemaking and non-violenceas means to alleviate poverty, instill justice, protect planet earthand eliminate the scourge of violence that we confront daily in ourlives. For more information see

Sunday,9/20: 8am Read a Peace Book! Whether it’s inner peace or world peace, we could all use someenlightenment on how to achieve it. Arkansas WAND has a few outstandingbooks by authors who have struggled with the subject and may offer ussome new insights. Learn more here.

Sunday, 9/20 – 9am: Beautify Dunbar Gardens for Arkansas Peace Week. Join us as we work to beautify Dunbar Gardens. This Event is presentedin coordination with Arkansas Peace Week, September 20-27. As part ofglobal recognition of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace onSeptember 21, Arkansas Peace Week promotes peacemaking and non-violenceas means to alleviate poverty, instill justice, protect planet earth and eliminate the scourge of violence that we confront daily in ourlives. For more information see:

Sunday, 9/20 – 9am: Global Mala (108 Body Prayer). Come join us for Global Mala 2015! It is our sixth year doing thisevent. ALL are welcome! Please join us and bring a loved one. CassandraBenning is once again sponsoring the Global Mala Project in LittleRock, to join with over 100 cities around the world. All the yoga studios in the area are invited to participate, along with anyone inthe community who has an interest in this amazing event. Shiva Rea,Cassandra’s teacher, started the World Global Mala Project as a visionfor the yogis and yoginis around the world to come together to form a symbolic mala around the earth to have an impact on conditions we cando something about such as global warming, AIDS, and refugees of war.The Global Mala is September 20th, the Sunday closest to the FallEquinox. This is significant because we are moving into the time of shorter days and less light. It is your time to self reflect and beginto plant seeds in your life to cultivate through these future days ofdarkness. It will be a great time to think on these things while in awell intentioned practice. How can you participate? Come with a spiritof bringing about World Peace, which begins within yourself. Where andwhen: Rain or shine Sunday, September 20th at 9am in Murray Park inLittle Rock. What you’ll need: Bring your yoga mat if you have one andwear comfortable, stretchable clothes that you can move easily in. Whatto expect: Anybody can come. We will join in circles of people with theinner circle doing 108 sun salutes. As you move further from thecenter, the number of sun salutes can be 54, 27, or 9….. allmultiplies of 108. The yoga practice will end with 108 chants of OM.This is about world peace so if people don’t want to do the yogapractice and just want to come chant they are welcome.

Sunday,9/20 – 2:00pm: Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) – everything you wanted to know about AVP. This program was introduced in the 1980’s by Quakers in New York State, aimed at bringing prison populations an understanding of non-violent alternative behaviors that would be meaningful to inmates while incarcerated, as well as helpful to them when they were released. One of its key goals is to empower people to lead nonviolent lives. The program has since been adopted by other churches and agencies; the local Quaker Meeting has just introduced the program into an Arkansas prison unit this past spring. Built around an intensive weekend-experience, our short evening workshop will offer just a sampling of its offerings. Also, lots of Q & A.

Sun, 9/20, 2pm – 3pm – PEACE HIKE! Bell Slough State Wildlife Management Area, Mayflower, AR 72106. We will meet in the Bell Slough parking lot just south of Mayflower to start the hike. It’s a 2 mile easy trek but participants should be in good shape, wear sturdy walking shoes, and bring water. Contact Carolyn Shearman at to sign up.

Sun, 9/20, 5pm: Jacob George Memorial Music Making. We will gather to remember Jacob through music and spoken word. Come ready to sing or share or simply listen, we’d just ask you keep it to about 5 minutes or less.

Sun, 9/20, 6:30-8:30pm – Arkansas Peace Week Presents “The War” at Vino’s Pizza-Pub-Brewery.  A newly returned Vietnam War vet (Costner) must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and employment problems that have resulted from his Vietnam experiences. Starring Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner.

Mon. 9/21 through 9/27. All day. El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center Virtual Event.  A series of publications, media and resources on how unrest, violence and war impact the immigrant experience and how peace is part of the work of promoting a dignified life for immigrants in our community and around the world. Like El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center on Facebook and check our page during Peace Week to participate. https://www.

9/21 through 9/26 All Day – Peace Week Book DisplayThompson Library,  Fletcher Library.

9/21 All Day through 9/26- Peace Week Photo Display. Terry Library.

9/21, 11:30 am: Peace Lesson. River City Ministry, 1021 E Washington Ave, North Little Rock, AR 72114.  For AR peace week River City Ministry will have a peace-centered lesson (11:30- noon) each day of the week to facilitate discussion on how to create a spirit of peace in our troubled community. On the 21st we will have a time of peace-focused prayer and meditation (12:30-1:30). We are proud and privileged to participate in this effort. Steven Morris RCM Evangelist 706-669-2773

Mon. 9/21 12:30pm: Prayer and Meditation. River City Ministry, 1021 E Washington Ave, North Little Rock, AR 72114. Contact Info: Steven Morris RCM Evangelist 706-669-2773

Mon, 9/21 – 6pm – 9pm: Quaker Meeting Peace Vigil. This will be a vigil in recognition of PeaceWeek and the International Day of Peace. The Meeting’s expression of peace and goodwill towards all in accord with God’s wish for all peoples, and that “making peace happen” in our world today – given the huge challenges we face -requires everyone’s commitment. And everyone’s help. No one’s effort is too small to be valued.

Mon, 9/21 – 6pm – 8pm:  Peace Across Faiths.  Islamic Center of Little Rock. Kickoff Peace Week at Islamic Center of Little Rock Event 6-7 pm Food and fellowship 7-8 pm Presented in coordination with Arkansas Peace Week, September 20-27.

Mon, 9/21: 6:30pm Screening of Woodruff: A Lesson in Non Violence.  Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) – Fletcher: The film tells the story of a remarkable 20 year old nonviolenceprogram at Woodruff Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Itdocuments the experience of implementing conflict resolution within theschool setting. From day one students learn to “attack the problem, notthe person.” During its final days in 2009, Woodruff finished a run of more than 300 days without a fight and was Little Rock’s only “schoolof excellence.” Produced by WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions).This Event presented in coordination with Arkansas Peace Week,September 20-27. As part of global recognition of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace on September 21, Arkansas Peace Weekpromotes peacemaking and non-violence as means to alleviate poverty,instill justice, protect planet earth and eliminate the scourge ofviolence that we confront daily in our lives. For more information see

Mon. 9/21 6:30pm Stone County Peace Pole Dedication. 1112 W Main St, Mountain View, AR 72560, USA. On September 21, the UN recognized International Day of Peace, the Stone County Arkansas Peace Pole will be Dedicated. The Ceremony will be held at 6:30 PM at AmVets Post #7, 1112 West Main Street in Mountain View, Arkansas. All beings of good will are invited to attend, to bring musical instruments and all good things. Attached is a picture of the Peace Pole, as well as one of the plaque that explains it’s purpose. May Peace Prevail On Earth

Tues., 9/22: All day Voter Registration at UALR :University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72204. The League of Women Voters National Day of Voter Registration is September 22. The Pulaski County chapter will be registering voters on the UALR campus this day.

Tues. 9/22: 9am Veterans for Peace Discussion on KABF Description: Mike Vaughn will talk about starting a Veterans for Peace chapter in Arkansas on KABF.

Tues, 9/22 – 4pm – 7pm: MURAL FOR PEACE! 7th street underpass near Thayer.  Join us as we beautify the city and paint a mural celebrating Peace. For more information email Derek Brooks

Tues, 9/22 – 4pm – 7 pm:  Beautify Dunbar Gardens for Arkansas Peace Week. Dunbar Community Garden Project. Join us as we work to beautify Dunbar Gardens. This Event is presented in coordination with Arkansas Peace Week, September 20-27.

Tues, 9/22 – 7pm – 10pm: The Hunging Ground (2015). Ron Robinson Theater. “From the makers of The Invisible War (2012) comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue – despite incredible push back, harassment, and traumatic aftermath – both their education and justice.” PG-13. 103 min. FREE! Sponsored in part by The Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Join us for this important film and a panel discussion after the screening.

7pm Bullies or Bust? Social Behavior Today. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72205. Panelists will discuss the physical, emotional, and cyber impacts of negative social behavior and bullying. This month Science café welcomes: –Paul Nail, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Psychology & Counseling, UCA, Conway, Arkansas –Sean Smith, 7th Degree Black Belt, Sr. Master Instructor, Arkansas ATA Martial Arts, Little Rock, AR –Laura Garrett, Special Agent, CISP, FBI, Little Rock, AR Go science!

Tues, 9/22 – 7pm – 8:30pm: Public Dialogue on Care for our Common Home. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Community-wide, interfaith dialogue on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home”, meeting weekly for four Tuesdays.

Tues, 9/22 – 11pm:  Tacos and Taps! Stone’s Throw Brewing. Beast Food Truck & Loblolly Creamery are taking over the taproom to help raise funds for Dunbar Community Garden Project! Tacos & Chocotacos with music by Kevin Kerby.

Wed, 9/23 – 7 pm: Prayer Vigil for Peace on the Planet. Arkansas House of Prayer. Interfaith sunset prayer vigil for peace ahead of Pope Francis’ addresses to U.S. Congress and the U.N. General Assembly hosted by Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light on the grounds of Arkansas House of Prayer. This event is part of Arkansas Peace Week.

Wed. 9/23 7:30pm Study Group: Food Justice. The readings chosen for the next discussion focus on issues concerningfood justice. Intersectional elements regarding access, race, location,and production provide a common thematic fodder for the different modesof analysis used in these articles. What does an anti-racist foodjustice movement look like? What are the effects of colonialism and industrialization on food access, food diversity, and public health?How do we build a radical food justice movement here in Little Rock? Wewill explore these questions and more!

Thur, 9/24 – 7pm: Oneness Blessing Meditation. 300 Bayles St, Hot Springs, AR 71913. Join us for meditation and wonderful community discussion and connection. This prepares us for the sacred Union of the Oneness Blessing, a calling in of the sacred Presence into the heart. Blended with gratitude, a great movement of kundalini may take place allowing an experience of awakening into Oneness with All that IS, awakening to the great Self of all that dwells within each of us. A wholly Holy experience. Peace and Oneness. Contact information: Maryann Tomko, 713-213-4685.

Fri, 9/25 – 6:50am: Feed the Hungry. The Salvation Army. Feed the Hungry serves breakfast to the hungry at the Salvation Army downtown on Friday mornings. Last year we served over 4,000 meals. Typically breakfast includes: a Hot Dish like Scrambled Eggs that the Salvation Army makes, and food we bring including: Juice, Donated Donuts, Bananas, individually packaged crackers, sausages and Hard boiled eggs that volunteers make at home. We meet there at 6:50am on Fridays. We usually finish by about 7:30am. Park in the back alley off Cross St., and enter through the kitchen door. Contact for more information, we will let you know what to bring.

Fri, 9/25 – 7pm: A Panel Forum Featuring UALR Faculty about the Middle East Today.  Three faculty will speak to the situation in Syria, Iran and the Middle-East, exploring causes, giving up-to-date analyses and testing ideas of what can be done to resolve these complicated, threatening matters as soon as is possible. Lots of time for Q & A from the audience.

Sat. 9/26 7:30am 1st Annual Recovery Fun Walk. Riverfront Park, 202 La Harpe Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72201. “join the Voices for Recover: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!” Arkansas Community Correction (ACC) celebrates national recovery month by hosting the 1st annual recovery fun walk. 7:30 AM: registration (first 100 receive free t-shirt!) 8:45 AM: speaker & proclamation presentation 9:15 AM: balloon release 9:30 a.m. fun walk & after party Register: www.eventbrite. com/ACCRecoveryFunWalk

Sat, 9/26 8am RUNNING OF THE BULLS BENEFITING FAMILY PROMISE OF PULASKI COUNTY. William J Clinton Library, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201. Running of the Bulls is a family-friendly way to support Family Promise of Pulaski County. Don’t forget to wear all white and your registered event runner bandana! Family Promise of Pulaski County is a nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless families and their children. We provide them with shelter, transportation, case management, and job placement assistance. Most important of all, we teach families how to become independent in their own safe, affordable, sustainable housing and leave homelesness behind.

Sat, 9/26 – 10am: Sierra Club Sounding: A Day of Arkansas Environmental Learning and Action.  Butler Center for AR Studies.  SOUNDING (n) 1. the action or process of measuring the depth of the sea or other body of water. 2. information or evidence ascertained as a preliminary step before deciding on a course of action. Come join the members of the Arkansas Sierra Club as we present the first “Sierra Club Sounding”, a day of learning, sharing, and planning with some of our state’s best environmental champions. This is an opportunity to meet with your fellow Sierra Club members from across the state–to network, discuss, and ultimately help plan the actions needed to protect The Natural State. Register TODAY at We are calling this event “The Sounding” for two reasons: (1) we need to measure the depth of Sierra Club member support for environmental issues and (2) we will use that information to help plan our course of action. Our agenda is still being finalized, but expect great interactive workshops on topics such as: *Legislative Action on The Campus Environmental Coalition *Climate Disruption *Arkansas’s Clean Energy Future *Environmental Justice *Arkansas Pipeline Issues And more! We’ll also have a special section aimed at student organizing, plus a “Sierra Club & Beer” happy hour at Vino’s Brewpub immediately following the event. SAVE THE DATE, and plan to join us on Saturday, September 26th. Cost: $10 ($5 for students) Register TODAY at Thanks! See you on the 26th!

Sat, 9/26 – 11am:  Arkansas Peace Fest.  Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market. Arkansas Peace Fest will Feature: • Speeches promoting Peace and Justice in Arkansas. • Music from Local Musicians • Fun activities for children and adults: Face Painting, Art, Dance, and Ecology. • Food Trucks • Reports from Organizations and Peace Week events. • Peace Forum: Booths where Non- Profit Organizations will share information about promoting Peace and Justice in Arkansas. . We invite you and your organization to part of Arkansas Peace Fest 2015. How can you participate? Set up a table or display in the Partners in Peace Forum: • Share how your organization promotes Peace and Justice in Arkansas; provide information about your group and interact with attendees. • Tables/booths are available for non-profit organizations to share information about their group and interact with attendees. • There is a $10 donation to reserve a spot for your booth to help cover our cost. We will assign a ~10’x~10’ space for your organization in the parking lot or gravel area surrounding the pavilion. You will need to provide your own tables, chairs and canopy if desired. Donate online – Be a part of the Program • Say a few words about how your organization promotes Peace and Justice in Arkansas. • Give a report about a Peace Week event you have hosted. • Plan a fun activity for children or adults -face painting, art, dance, or ecology. • Sing a song or read a poem about Peace, Justice or ecology. Neighborhood Business can be part of Arkansas Peace Fest • Plan a special menu or offer discounts for Peace Fest • Have an Open House or Special Event during Peace Fest. • Post a Peace Fest Poster or Sticker in your window. • Tell your customers about Peace Fest. • Come and a part of Peace Fest Please contact Bob Estes at or 501-666-3784 to reserve a spot for your table or to get involved. Tell your friends, neighbors! For more information see:

Sat, 9/26 – 5pm: Drive Away Hunger. Arkansas Foodbank. Get ready for another fun Drive Away Hunger, September 26th 2015! This casual family event will host entertainment for the whole family. From children’s activities, live music to great Southern-style cuisine, we’ve got something for everyone! All proceeds of Drive Away Hunger will help us feed children, families and seniors in Arkansas who are struggling to put food on the table. Come out and join us for a fun filled night! Our honorary event chairs are Dow & Amy Brantley. *Children 10 and under will receive free admission* To grab your seat to Drive Away Hunger by cash or check, contact our Special Events Coordinator, Debra Wood

Sat, 9/26 – 5pm: Balloon Release and Prayer. Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Road, Little Rock, AR 72209. SWLR Peace Seekers Anti-Violence Organization will be doing a balloon release and prayer at 5:00 p.m. at 6401 Baseline Rd.

Sun, 9/27 10am:  MICHAELMAS. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 12415 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72223. In the spirit of Peace Week, St. Michael’s Epsicopal Church ( will celebrate its patronal feast, Michaelmas, along with Rufus K. Young Christian Church. Worship will begin at 10:00a, followed by a potluck meal. In the spirit of St. Michael, we seek to slay the modern day dragons of violence, poverty, disease, and intolerance. For more information contact Rev. Lisa Hlass at 247-7010.

Sun., 9/27 11am Peace Sermon. 1818 Reservoir Rd, Little Rock, AR 72227. Rev. Jan K. Nielson will deliver a sermon about peace at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock. “How can any of us be ‘at home’ either in the world or in our heats unless al of us, on this planet, learn to dwell together in peace? Our congregation is a sponsor of Arkansas Peace Week, September 20 through 27, a time when people around our state will be working to ‘Make Peace our Natural State’ here in our home state, the Natural State, this land of Arkansas. Where does peace begin? What can we do, in our state and in our lives, to ‘make peace our natural state?'”

9/27 – 9/29: Keys to Empowerment Summit. Register for the Keys To Empowerment Summit hosted by Better Community Development, Inc. and Theressa Hoover Memorial United Methodist Church. This summit will bring together clergy, laity and community leaders who are passionate about rebuilding lives and restoring communities. Experience an opportunity to be engaged, equipped and empowered to create ministries in your church and community. The summit is dedicated to addiction and recovery, faith-based community development as well as housing and economic development. Gather for this insightful summit to hear from some of the most dynamic pastors, speakers, practitioners and professionals. Experience comprehensive workshops which provide information on program development, recovery ministries and much more. Key Focus For Summit ● Engaging Your Community ● Asset Based Community Development ● Addiction and Recovering Ministry ● Supportive Services Ministry ● Housing and Economic Development Register Your Team Of (3) Or More!  Visit our website at For more information, contact BCD at 501-663-9181 or

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