2019 Events Schedule

Please keep checking this page to get most up-to date information about the 2019 Schedule.

If you like to reserve an information table about your organization at these events, you can fill out the request form at tinyurl.com/PQ-Table . Requests will be honored based on availability and confirmed via email before the event.

  • SEPTEMBER 1-25, 2019
Event: Peace Pole Pursuit
Location: All over the Greater Lansing area!  (see map/list of addresses)
Who: Anyone, any age, anyone interested in a fun challenge!
About: Walk, drive, or bike in pursuit of as many Greater Lansing peace poles as you are able.  Once you have found and photographed at least 10 peace poles with you in each photo and posted them on your Facebook page,  submit the form by clicking here. (For kids of age 10 and below, 5 poles is the minimum goal). For more details click here.
  • SEPTEMBER 1-7, 2019
Event: PeaceQuest Art Challenge Exhibit
Title: Differences, Justice and Equality
Location:  Unitarian Universalist Church Of Greater Lansing, 5509 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48911
Event: Plant Justice, Grow Peace
New Time: 6-7:00 PM
New Location:  University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison East Lansing, MI (
Description: We are a faith-based study and action group for peace and justice. We meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at GTPC in E. Lansing. FREE PIE to all participants.
Sponsor: Lansing Church of the Brethren
Event: Educate and Advocate, Gun Violence 101
Location: Delta Township District Library, 5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing 48917
Time: 6pm7:30pm
About: Learn about gun violence in our country and how you can make a difference.
Sponsors:MI Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Website: michigancoalitiontopreventgunviolence.org
Event:  Lansing Regional Sister Cities 25th anniversary, An Evening of Global Diversity
Time:  6:00pm – 11:00pm
Location:  Lansing Center
Cost:  $50 per person
  • SEPTEMBER 8-13, 2019
Event: PeaceQuest Art Challenge Exhibit
Title: Differences, Justice and Equality
Time: Sunday-Thursday 9am-3pm
Location:  Okemos Community Church,  4734 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI
  • SEPTEMBER 9-27, 2019
Event: Reframing South Africa: Quilts and Photographs
Time:M-F noon to 3 p.m.
Location: LookOut! Gallery, Second Floor, Snyder Hall, MSU
Description:Photos taken during South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994 and a unique collection of African quilts which together reframe ideas about art and the end of apartheid in South Africa. Free and open to all. For parking and building accessibility information, see https://tinyurl.com/ybplk4oo


Event: Educate and Advocate, Gun Violence 101
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, 5509 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48911  
Time: 6pm7:30pm
About: Learn about gun violence in our country and how you can make a difference.
Sponsors:MI Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Website: michigancoalitiontopreventgunviolence.org
Event: Documentary Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh
Location: Edgewood United Church,  469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing , MI
Time: 7pm
Cost:   Free
About: A documentary, which shines a light on the many forgotten communities and people who have been affected by climate change in our country, as well as solutions for how we can fight back and reduce our carbon footprint.
Sponsors: Edgewood United Church
Event: Voices from Faith and Reason: Immigration’s Quagmire
Speakers: Rev. Dr. Jill Hardt Zundel (Central United Methodist Church in downtown
Detroit) and Rev. Paul Perez (Associate Director for Mission and Ministry for the Michigan Conference)
Time:  7:00-9:30 p.m.
Location:  Lansing Central United Methodist Church, 215 North Capital Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
Cost:   Free
Sponsor: Shalom Center for Justice and Peace
Event: Lansing Harmony Celebration
Time: 12pm-9pm
Location:  Benjamin F. Davis Park, 5500 Pleasant Grove, Lansing MI 48911
Cost:   Free
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
Event: Movie Screening: Entre Nos (not rated)
Location: Studio C in Okemos
Time: 7pm
Cost:   Free
About: Entre Nosis inspired by a true story of an immigrant family in The United States. Mariana left her impoverished hometown in Bogota, Colombia with her two young children, Gabriel and Andrea, and headed to the USA to be reunited with her husband.  The independent film was the winner of 10 international awards including one in Traverse City.  It is a timely story of tragedy, courage, and resiliency.
Sponsors: Presbyterian Church of Okemos
Event: Java Cafe` Global Conversation
Title: Measuring Peace: Reflections from a Peace-building Evaluator
Speaker: Zack Tilton, Rotary Peace Fellow and Global Peace Index Ambassador
Time:  7:00-8:30 p.m.    Arrive early for refreshments and conversation
Location:  East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI
Cost:   Free
Sponsor:  Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA)
Description: Drawing on latest research the field has to offer and his experience, Zach Tilson will share a presentation on the findings and lessons learned as a peace-building evaluator and provide attendees with practical considerations for measuring peacefulness and the impact of our efforts toward realizing Sustainable Development Goal 16 for more peaceful and inclusive societies, especially in our own communities.
Website: www.gluna.org
Event: What Can I Do in Michigan About Immigrant Detentions? Immigrant Human Rights?
New Time: 6-7:30 PM
New Location: Copper Chimney Room, University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison East Lansing, MI 

Speakers: Oscar Castaneda from ACTION of Greater Lansing and Paul Brun Del Re of the Peace Education Center.

About:  Learn more about ICE sweeps, immigrant detention and family separation. Find out what can be done here in Michigan to support the struggles of immigrants. Learn about the immigrant detention center being built in Baldwin, Michigan.

Plant Justice, Grow Peace is a faith-based study and action group for peace and justice. We are a cooperative ministry of the Lansing Church of the Brethren and St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ. We are committed to protect, defend and empower vulnerable people in the name of Jesus.

Sponsor: Lansing Church of the Brethren
Flier: Click here.
Event: The New Ingham County Jail: Serving the Community and the Inmate
Speaker: Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth
Time:  7:00p.m.   
Location: Edgewood United Church of Christ, 469 N. Hagadorn, E. Lansing, MI
Cost:   Free
Sponsors: Edgewood United Church of Christ and Citizens for Prison Reform
Event: LATTICE Book Club discussion of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson
Speaker: Dr. Susan C. Griffith, member of the Jane Addams Book Award Committee and Professor Emerita at Central Michigan University.
Time: 4:30 – 6:00
Location: East Lansing Public Library
Cost: Free
Sponsor: LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education)
Website: www.facebook.com/latticebookclub or www.lattice-world.org
For more information, contact Mary Hennessey at latticebookclub@gmail.com
Event: Peace Hike & Yoga with Shiloh Daum of “Seeds of Peace Yoga & Life
Location: Fenner Nature Center – Group Camp area- Map of Fenner is available here. (Access to Group Camp is off Mount Hope Road – on the east side of the property there is a private entrance drive in between the main entrance and Evergreen Cemetery with a unlocked fence. Parking is available here. *This is not the main entrance to Fenner. Yoga will be held outside in the Group Camp area or under the covered picnic area if the weather is less friendly.)
Time: 6:15pm-7:30pm
Cost:   Free
About: Join in to plant “Seeds of Peace” within and around us as we start with a 15 minute mindfulness hike, followed by an outside yoga experience to round out our movement, nature and commUNITY elements of holistic health.
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
Event: “Stop the Violence” March
Time:  6pm
Location: Lett’s Community Center (Ending at St. Joe Park)
Sponsor: Mikey23 Foundation
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
Event: Sermon on Peace
Time:  1:45pm
Location:  Islamic Center of East Lansing, 920 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823
Event: Conference: Building a Peace Economy – Shrink the Pentagon for People and Planet
About: Panel presentations on Pentagon waster, arms lobby, endless wars, rebuilding our communities, Washington hurdles, and more.
Keynote Speaker: Lloyd J. Dumas, the author of The Peace-Keeping Economy
Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm
Location: 1120 S. Harrison, East Lansing, MI 48823
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)
Sponsor: Peace Education Center, Edgewood United Church, Citizens for Peace, Greater Lansing United Nations Association
Website: www.peaceedcenter.org/building-a-peace-economy-conference/
Poster is available here.
  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
Time:  2pm-4pm
Location: EVERYbody Reads 2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912 
Overview: Celebrating and honoring ALL FAMILIES of all constructs; ALL FAMILIES count equally. There will be guest readers sharing children’s books that illuminate what makes our stories uniquely ours and totally universal!  

EVERYbodyReads will also share book lists and cookies! 
Flier: Click here
  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
Event: If Music Be The Food….Lansing!
Time:  4pm
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 West Ottawa, Lansing

Host:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Lansing

Admission: a donation of non-perishable food items or a monetary donation to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. No tickets required!

Description:  This program features works for strings and piano by composers Grazyna Bacewicz, Amy Beach, Fanny Mendelssohn, and local composer Olivia Davis. Performers are from the Ann Arbor and Lansing areas, featuring the ConTempus Quartet.

Further details:  Free parking is available in the Roosevelt Ramp on Seymour St. For more info, please contact the event director (Christina Adams) or visit www.ifmusicbethefood.com

  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
Event: Sermon on Peace
Time:  10am
Location:  Edgewood United Church,  469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing , MI
  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
Event: Sermon on Peace
Time:  10am
Location:  Okemos Community Church,  4734 Okemos Rd, Okemos, MI 48864
Event: Create your own Garden Peace Pole!
Time:  6pm-8pm
Location: Art Unlimited, 4692 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI
Fee: $50 per person/per team of 2. (Class fee includes 4″×4″x4’h wood pole, paints, instructions. )
About:  Select up to 4 words from a list of 12 to stencil onto your Peace Pole. Create your own or work on one as a team of 2.  Includes complimentary post cap.  Freestanding and in-ground installation options will be discussed.  Varnishing at a later date recommended for outdoor use – time and location TBD; no additional charge.  Light refreshments provided by Host Okemos Community Church. Registration and non-refundable pre-payment required. Deadline for registration: Mon. 9/19. Call Art Unlimited at 517-349-8278. 
Sponsor: Okemos Community Church

Flier: Click here

Event: Documentary Screening: In Peace We Trust
Location: MSU B117 Wells Hall
Time: 7:15pm
About: Local filmmaker, Petra Daher, will be showing her documentary that focuses on the Meta Peace Team and covers peace and nonviolence more broadly. There will be a discussion with her following the showing.
Sponsors: Peace Education Center and Meta Peace Team

Event: A Multi-media Perspective on Paths to Peace

Program Flow:

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Tour exhibit: “Reframing South Africa: Quilts and Photographs”

6:30 p.m. Brief presentation about exhibit by LookOut! Gallery faculty

7:00 p.m. A Conversation re United Nations and the US Government – in Service of Refugees

Host: Greater Lansing United Nations Association

Presenter: Jana Mason is Senior Advisor for External Relations and Government Affairs of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

(UNHCR). She represents the agency’s interests with the U.S. government—particularly the State Department and Congress.

Location: LookOut! Art Gallery, Snyder Hall, MSU, Second Floor.

Free and open to all. For parking and building accessibility information, see https://tinyurl.com/ybplk4oo

More info about the exhibit: http://rcah.msu.edu/events/lookout-quilts-photos-south-africa.html

  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019
Event:Michigan Committee for Refugee Resettlement Conference
Time:  8:00 am – 4:00pm
Location:  Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue Lansing, MI 48933
Cost: $15 (includes lunch)
Event: Greater Lansing Refugee Summit: Expanding Welcome & Advocacy
Time:  9:30am-4:00pm
Location:  Lansing First Presbyterian Church, 510 W. Ottawa, Lansing , MI
Sponsors: The All Faith Alliance for Refugees (AFAR)
Poster is available here.
Event:3 on 3 Basketball Competition
Time:  9am
Location: Boys and Girls Club Lansing, 4325 Pleasant Grove, Lansing MI
Sponsors: Mikey23 Foundation
More: Winner of essay contest (ages 8-11) themed “How I Would End the Violence and Make My Community Safer” will be announced. Essays are due at Boys and Girls Club by September 16.
  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019
Event: PeaceQuest Grand Finale: Peace and Art
Time:  3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: MSU Erickson Hall Kiva, 620 Farm Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824
Cost:   Free
About: The event will feature PeaceQuest Art Challenge Award Ceremony, Lansing Childrens Choir performance, an interactive trivia on peace and activities for all ages and other fun activities. Participants to Peace Pole Pursuit (peacequestgreaterlansing.org/peace-pole-pursuit) will also be recognized at this event.


  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Event: Culver’s Donate While You Dine! – Fundraiser for PeaceQuest!
Location: Culver’s of Okemos – 5140 Times Square Dr., Okemos
Time: 5pm–10pm
About: NO FLIER NEEDED BY CUSTOMERS; ALL CUSTOMER ORDERS BETWEEN 5 PM AND 10 PM WILL COUNT! The more sales, the higher the donation percentage from Culver’s! Support the future of PeaceQuest — our annual month-long, community-wide celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace!
Sponsors: PeaceQuest Planning Team and Members of PeaceQuest Host Organizations
Website: https://www.culvers.com/restaurants/okemos
Flier: Click here


  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2019
Event: Java Cafe` Global Conversation
Title: Food Industry and Food Justice: Food Industry Consolidation–Drivers and Impacts on Sustainable Development Goals
Speaker: Phil Howard,  Associate Professor of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, and a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.
Time:  7:00-8:30 p.m.    Arrive early for refreshments and conversation
Location:  East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI
Cost:   Free
Sponsor:  Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA)
Description: Nearly every day brings news of another merger or acquisition involving the companies that control our food supply. This presentation explores which firms have become the most dominant, why these trends are occurring, and their potential impacts on UN Sustainable Development Goals. 
Website: www.gluna.org