PQ 2017


When: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Where: Cherry Lane Park, East Lansing on Harrison Road across from Fresh Thyme Market and University United Methodist Church. 
What: Come for an afternoon of lively and fun activities to build peace in our world. 
Who: ALL are welcome!   ALL is FREE!   Bring your kids, families, friends! 
Parking: Come early and park free across Harrison Road at the University United Methodist Church, University Lutheran Church and at the Islamic Center of East Lansing. Plus some parking on campus is free on Sundays. 
Rain Plan:  Join us for the full PeaceQuest schedule in the Islamic Center of East Lansing’s gym located at 920 S Harrison, East Lansing, MI 48823 (across the street.) 
Volunteer: You can sign up as a volunteer by clicking here
12:30 p.m. Volunteer sign-in 
1:00 p.m. Exhibitors sign-in 
1:30 to 2:00 p.m. Music and exhibits! 
2 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.  
– Local leaders welcome us.
– Moment on Peace – spiritual leaders each share a message on peace
– Announcement of PeaceQuest-Niagara Foundation Art Contest Winners
– Peace March – bring peace signs if you wish for a short peace march!  Feel free to wear traditional clothing, team tees, etc.
– Walk together to spread the message of peace! Fully accessible path.
2:40 – 4:00 p.m.
–  Face-painting,  making paper cranes, peace buttons, yoga, fishing for peace,  and many more activities.
– Enjoy Uncle John’s treats, popcorn and more!
Music with LeRoy Harvey.  Performers:  Chuck Deyo, John French, Santiago Laserna, Robby Ratan and the Haslett HS Drum Line!  Sing along to new and traditional songs.
– Talk with people from around the world
– Continue conversations with our spiritual leader guests
– Meeting at the Peace Pole
– See peace efforts displays of local organizations
       Feel free to join us in take-down tables and clean up Cherry Lane Park!
       THANKS TO MSU for providing this beautiful place for PeaceQuest!



Event: “As Eisenhower Warned: How the Arms Lobby is Distorting Our Budget Priorities” by William Hartung, Author and Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Venue: 107 S. Kedzie Hall, Michigan State University
Time: 7 pm

About the Speaker: William Hartung (Speaker) is the Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He authored of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex (Nation Books, 2011) and is
the co-editor of Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Press, 2008). His previous books include And Weapons for All (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S.  arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations. His articles on security issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and the World Policy Journal. He has been a featured expert on national security issues on CBS 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, the Lehrer Newshour, CNN, Fox News, and scores of local, regional, and international radio outlets.

Kick-off Event:  Opening PeaceQuest 2017 Event – “Day of Action”

Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Venue: MSU Campus, Cherry Lane Park (South), S. Harrison Road
Time: 2-4 pm

Includes music, a peace march, displays, food, face-painting, story-telling, making paper cranes, yoga and more!!! ALL are welcome and ALL for FREE!

Other PeaceQuest Events:

  • September 4-10, 2017

WKAR airs documentary “Inside Peace.”  For more information and  airing schedule visit insidepeacemovie.com/pbs/

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017

Event: Open House & #RefugeLansing Storytelling Exhibit
Venue: First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI
Time: 5-7pm
Sponsors: First Presbyterian Church, The Global Institute of Lansing

***For more information on the #RefugeLansing exhibit, please visit: http://refugelansing. us/

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017

Event: Calling the Great Peace/Ubuntu Circle
Venue: Lincoln Brick Park Interpretive Center (Lion’s Den!
13991 Tallman Rd, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Time: 12-5pm
***Registration is required.  Register at https://www.facebook.com/events/777659085770154/ or contact Karen Johnson at shewalkswithbear@gmail.com or 623-210-5491 for more information.

  • Sunday, September 17, 2017

Houses of Faith-Services on Peace (If you want to add a service, please send a message through the contact form on this website):

Event: Join us for Rev. Dr. Robert T. Carlson’s sermon on peace.
Venue:  Presbyterian Church of Okemos, 2258 Bennett Road, Okemos, MI
Time: 10am

Event: Join us for Rev. Liz Miller’s sermon on peace.
Venue: Edgewood United Church, 469 North Hagadorn Road, East Lansing.
Time: 10am

Event: Sermon “On Being a Living Peace Church”
Venue:  Lansing Church of Brethren, 3020 S. Washington Ave., Lansing
Time: 10-11am

Event:  Join us for Rev. Kit Carlson’s sermon on peace.
Venue: All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Rd., East Lansing
Time: 8 am and 10 am

Event: Join us for Rev. Rick Blunt’s sermon on peace.
Venue:  Okemos Community Church, 4734 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI
Time: 10am

  • Monday, September 18, 2017  

Event: “New Approaches to Reducing Gun Violence in MICHIGAN”  A panel discussion with Q&A.
Venue: Unitarian Universalist Church,  5509 S. Pennsylvania, Lansing, MI
Time: 3-6pm

Jeffrey Swanson, PhD- Duke University School of Medicine
Beth McGinty, PhD- Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Josh Horwitz, JD- Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
Representative Robert Wittenberg
Steve Kwasnik, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Ingham County
Chief Deputy Jason Ferguson, Ingham County Sherrif’s Dept.
Sonya Lewis, M.D., M.P. H.   Psychiatrist

Sponsors: Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence,   Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

***Related Report: http://efsgv.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Final-State-Report.pdf

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Event: Java Cafe’ Global Conversations:   “As Told from The Frontlines” by Zeline Jatu Pritchard , who will discuss respect, safety and dignity within the context of peace from 5 selected countries (Liberia, Angola, Zambia, Rwanda, Republic of the Congo) where she worked with the UN.  She will place special attention on the issue of women, adolescents and children in armed conflicts as they are the ones who bear the heaviest burdens.  Her bio is available here.

Venue: East Lansing Public Library
Time: 7 – 8:30 pm
Sponsors: Greater Lansing United Nations Association,  East Lansing Public Library and partners

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Event: Story telling about Peace
Venue: Edgewood United Church, 469 North Hagadorn Road, East Lansing, Michigan 48823
Time: 7pm
Sponsors: Edgewood United Church

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017

Event: “Voices of Faith and Reason”– “Being Free” is a tutorial on how to overcome the forces that enslave us as individuals and a society, and a celebration of the joy of freedom. We bring you thoughtful speakers on being free, really cool music, and a commitment for peace as individuals and a society. 
Speakers:   Dr. Miko Rose, Department of Psychiatry, Michigan State University and founder of The Joy Initiative; Dr. Richard Bryce, chief medical officer, Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center, Detroit, and medical director, Street Medicine Detroit
Venue: University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing
Time: 7pm
Sponsors: Shalom Center for Justice & Peace and MSU Wesley Campus Ministries
***For more information click here.

Event: Vespers for Peace – a service of evening prayers and songs for peace
Venue: Lansing Church of Brethren, 3020 S. Washington Ave., Lansing
Time:  7:30-8:30pm
Sponsors: Lansing Church of Brethren

  • Friday, September 22, 2017

Event: Join us for Imam Chaudhry’s Friday service sermon
Venue: Islamic Center of East Lansing,  920 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing
Time: 12:15-12:45 or 1:45-2:15  (It is suggested that you arrive 15 minutes early to be seated.)
Sponsors: Islamic Center of East Lansing

  • Saturday, September 23, 2017

Event: Nonviolence Training Workshop
Venue: Cristo Rey Church, 201 W. Miller, Lansing.
Time: 9am-4pm
Fee: $25
Sponsors: Meta Peace Team
**Register online at www.metapeaceteam.org

  • Sunday, September 24, 2017

Event: Concert Across America
Venue: Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, 5509 South Pennsylvania,  Lansing, MI
Time: 3-6pm
Sponsors: Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Suggested Donation: $10
**Come for an afternoon of music and to learn more about reducing gun violence in Michigan.

Event: An interactive presentation entitled “Understanding Islam.”
Venue: Islamic Center of East Lansing,  920 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing
Time: 8pm
**An open invitation from the Islamic Center: “You are also welcome to attend the monthly “first Sunday Islam 101” held at the Islamic Center of East Lansing on Sept 3 and Oct 1.”

Event: Solar Open House
Venue: Haslett Community Church, 1427 Haslett Road, Haslett.
Time: 2-4pm
Sponsors: Haslett Community Church
** There will be solar displays, speakers and discussions of how citizens, businesses, high schools and other organizations can install solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint.


We sincerely thank the following organizations and individuals, who generously donated a minimum of $100 (cash or in-kind).  Sponsor categories include: Peacemaker ($500 and above),  Dove ($250-499) and Olive Branch ($100-$249)

A special thanks to our partners, which support PeaceQuest 2017 by providing support in various ways: