PQ 2021


  • Greater Lansing United Nations Association
  • Okemos Community Church
  • Peace Education Center


We invite organizations and individuals to be a sponsor for PeaceQuest 2020. Sponsor categories include: Peacemaker ($500 and above),  Dove ($250-499), Olive Branch ($100-$249), and Paper Crane ($1-$99).



Please keep checking this page to get most up-to date information. For other peace and justice events, click to Other Peace Events page.

  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021

Event: Culver’s Donate While You Dine! – Fundraiser for PeaceQuest!
Location: Culver’s, 8848 West Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI
Time: 5pm–9pm
About: NO FLIER NEEDED BY CUSTOMERS; ALL CUSTOMER ORDERS BETWEEN 5 PM AND 9 PM WILL COUNT! The more sales, the higher the donation percentage from Culver’s! Support PeaceQuest — our annual month-long, community-wide celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace!

Drive-thru or online ordering is encouraged.
Hosts: PeaceQuest Planning Team and Members of PeaceQuest Host Organizations
Website: https://www.culvers.com/restaurants/lansing-saginaw
Fliers: PeaceQuest Culver’s, Poster         —-          PeaceQuest Culver’s, 4 per page

  • SEPTEMBER 1-24, 2021

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 1-30, 2021 (and beyond)

Event: Inside Peace documentary film viewing
Venue: YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ7NglTSyGE)
About: Inmates find peace while inside a Texas prison through a peace education program now used worldwide with amazing results. First viewed during PeaceQuest 2016 due to the friendship between Greater Lansing PeaceQuester Candice Wilmore and film director Cynthia Fitzpatrick. This film was released in August 2021 for online viewing.
Cost: Free.
Website: https://tprf.org/inside-peace-movie/


Event: CHAMPPS fundraiser for Friends of CROP in support of the Greater Lansing CROP Hunger Walk (GL-CHW)

Time: 11am-Midnight

Location: 2800 Preyde Boulevard, Lansing, MI 48912 (Eastwood Towne Center)

Website: www.crophungerwalk.org/lansingMI/   (Flyer: CROP Hunger Walk 2021)

About:  A percentage of proceeds from the entire day will be donated to support the CROP Hunger Walk here in Greater Lansing. The CROP Hunger Walk may be Virtual again this year, but the need could not be more real. Join with others in Greater Lansing as together we work to end hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world! 

Flyer: CHAMPPS fundraiser to benefit Friends of CROP 


Event: Meet the Authors: Children’s book “What is Privilege?” 

Time: 1pm-3pm 

Location: Zoom (you will receive the link via email after registering for the event)

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckceCtqzwqG9AouxYePlk2FbO4M3Xy4lo9

Cost:  Free! Everybody Reads will have books available.

Website: littlemindsbigchanges.com

About: Kayla DeWalt and Ashley Gooding, Michiganians and co-authors of the children’s book, “What is Privilege?”will be joining us remotely to discuss their book and how we can help children to recognize privilege. 

Hosts: Everybody Reads (https://www.everybodyreadsbooks.com)

  • TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021

Event:  Greeting Card Crafting  (Technique Tuesdays)
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Inspiration Station Scrapbook Store and Crafter’s Retreat,
111 S Main St., Ovid, MI 48866 – (989) 834-5222
About:  Stop in anytime between 11-2 and you can create a beautiful handmade card for free. No need to bring any supplies or pre-register. Just drop in. We will also have various peace and holiday themed cards available to create for only $1 each if desired.
Cost:  Make 1 card for free – Packs of 4 card kits available for purchase 
Website:  https://www.ovidscrapbooking.com/
Click the Facebook event pages  for details and the corresponding free card to be made at each event:


Event: Divest from War, Invest for Peace series: “The Moral Dimensions of Militarism” 
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83230075420?pwd=eklJNCt6ak1OVVhhb1pibnE2WHg1Zz09)
Cost: Free  
Speaker: Rev. Liz Theoharis, Co-chair of the National Poor Peoples Campaign and Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice 
Hosts: Peace Education Center, Peace Action of Michigan, Edgewood Justice and Peace Team, Greater Lansing United Nations Association, Detroit Chapter United Nations Association, Shalom Center for Justice and Peace
Website: https://www.peaceedcenter.org/divest-from-war-invest-for-peace/


Event: “Peace-full” sing-along
Time: 7pm
About: The music staff will be leading a live-streaming sing-along via Facebook. Songs of peace will be the theme as we join in the U.N. celebration of peace. Cwen Homa and Lindsay Campbell will lead on the piano and with voice. Lyrics will be put in the chat so that you can join in singing!
Venue: Online (https://www.facebook.com/okemoscommunitychurch)
Website: www.okemosocc.org
Host: Okemos Community Church
Flyer: PQ21 Peace-full Sing-along- flyer

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 

Event: Create your own Peace Pallet!


Location: Art Unlimited, 4692 Okemos Rd., Okemos – inside (following MDHHS health and safety recommendations)

Cost:  $25 per pallet; one person working on one pallet. (Class fee includes wooden pallet, paints, word stencils, and instructions.) 

About: https://artunlimitedgallery.net/pallet-painting

Three designs to choose from.  Select a limited number of words of your choice to stencil onto your Peace Pallet.

Option: Pick up materials to work on at home vs. coming to the class at the studio.  Light refreshments provided by Host Okemos Community Church. Registration and non-refundable pre-payment required. 

Deadline for registration: Wed. 9/8. Call Art Unlimited at 517-349-8278.  


Hosts: Okemos Community Church

Flyer: Peace Pallet Painting Flyer 


Event: Divest from War, Invest for Peace series: “The Real Costs and Lost Opportunities of War” 
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81216463335?pwd=eGwzYTdpZmtkNUk1RG1uMXBLZjBJQT09)
Cost: Free  
Speaker: Lindsay Koshgarian, Program Director of the National Priorities Project  
Hosts: Peace Education Center, Peace Action of Michigan, Edgewood Justice and Peace Team, Greater Lansing United Nations Association, Detroit Chapter United Nations Association, Shalom Center for Justice and Peace
Website: https://www.peaceedcenter.org/divest-from-war-invest-for-peace/

  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021  

Event: Voices from Faith and Reason: Understanding Antiracism through the Prism of Faith

Speakers: State Rep. Sarah Anthony and United Methodist Bishop David Bard

Time:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Zoom

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkd-uupzosHtE4PUjKlLAXwG24DOGt_-h-?

Cost:   Free

About:  Faith, recognizing both Love as an imperative force and that all people are worthy of it, cannot abide racism. Michigan Representative Sarah Anthony will update us on the status of legislative and other efforts that impact racism (for better or for worse), and Michigan United Methodist Bishop David Bard will address these concerns through the lens of faith. Both will then dialog about steps we can take to move us forward. Participants may meet with the speakers in breakout rooms at the end of the event.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/574579993907256/

Hosts: Shalom Center for Justice and Peace

  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021  

Event: Peace Hike & Yoga with Shiloh Daum of “Seeds of Peace Yoga & Life

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm 

Location: 3721 Aurelius Road, Lansing, MI. Parking is available onsite. 

Who:  All are welcome

Cost: Free

About: Join in to plant “Seeds of Peace” within and around us as we start with a 10 minute mindfulness hike, followed by an outside yoga experience to round out our movement, nature and commUNITY elements of holistic health. Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel if you do not want to practice yoga in the grass.

  • SATURDAYS, SEPTEMBER 18, and 25, 2021

Event:  Greeting Card Crafting (Make and Take Saturdays)
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Inspiration Station Scrapbook Store and Crafter’s Retreat,
111 S Main St., Ovid, MI 48866 – (989) 834-5222
About:  It’s time to get crafty. Join us for Make and Take Saturday. We will have 4 projects available to complete when you stop in. (2 handmade cards and 2 scrapbook pages.) You can do any one project for free and any of the other available projects for only $1 each. No need to pre-register. No need to bring any supplies. Just stop in.
Cost:  Make 1 card for free – Packs of 4 card kits available for purchase 
Website:  https://www.ovidscrapbooking.com/


Event: Violence De-Escalation Skills Training 


  • Experience the transforming power of nonviolence on the personal and societal level.
  • Learn and practice concrete skills for effective communicating and active nonviolent peacemaking.
  • Learn what YOU can do when you are a bystander to someone being threatened or harassed.
  • Learn about peace team opportunities.

Speakers: TBA

Time:10:00 a.m. – 2:30p.m., with a break for lunch

Location:  VIRTUAL 

Cost:  $65 covers Training, comprehensive Manual, and additional hand-outs.  

Registration: Click the link Violence De-Escalation Skills Training(YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER for this event, and you must attend BOTH days to complete this training. )

Hosts :Meta Peace Team https://www.metapeaceteam.org/


Event: Peace Prayer at the Peace Pole in the Peace Patch

Time: Saturday @ 5:30pm ; Sunday @ 9:30am & 11:30am 

Location:  St. Therese Parish Peace Patch

Cost:   Free

Hosts: St. Therese Catholic Church

About: Celebrating and Challenging on the International Day of Peace.  Also, collecting & distributing Blessing Bags and PLARN bed mats for the homeless.

Website: www.sttherese.org

  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

Event: Sermon on Peace, Allie Williams, Director of Children, Youth, and Adult Ministries, Okemos Community Church 

Time:  10am

Location:  4734 Okemos Rd., Okemos.  Video recording available on YouTube at 7 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 21

Website: www.okemosocc.org for additional details about indoor worship at OCC. For sermon live stream and video go to https://www.facebook.com/okemoscommunitychurch

  •  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

Event: Night of Stories

Time:  6:30 pm

Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, in person (masks required) and online

About: A night of refugee stories and updates on the refugee situation.

Cost:  Free

Hosts: AFAR – All Faith Alliance for Refugees 

Website: https://www.facebook.com/greaterlansingafar/  and https://afarlansing.wordpress.com/

Flyer: Click here.

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021  

Event: “Floods, Droughts and Wildfires: How Climate Change is Affecting Our Weather and Our Lives” 

Speaker: Dr. Nathan Moore, Associate Professor of Geography at Michigan State University 

Time: 7pm-8:15pm

Location:  Via Zoom:   Meeting ID: 871 4329 5167   Passcode: 48823 or  


Cost:  Free

Hosts: Edgewood United Church Green Team, Capital Area Chapter of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, Peace Education Center  

About: Flooding in Detroit. Droughts in Africa and the Western United States. Record-setting heat waves. Nathan Moore has conducted research around the world on the regional impacts of climate change. He will discuss how climate change is affecting our weather, health and lives in the United States and other parts of the globe. Dr. Moore is an associate professor of geography at MSU with a joint appointment in the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations.

Flyer: Click Here.

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 

Event: Java Cafe` Global Conversation

Topic:  The Peace Corps ~ Creating Peace Through Diplomacy and Service

About:  Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will share the history of the Peace Corps, its goals, and

     its affect on the individuals and countries involved – through their stories
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84262444541?pwd=aGk3NjY5dUVmN05NYmVkRTJlbUlVZz09)
Meeting ID: 842 6244 4541,  Passcode: Sep21

Who:  All ages including high school and college

Hosts: Greater Lansing United Nations Association

Cost: Free

Website: www.gluna.org

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 

Event:  Peace Pole Making 
Time: 5pm-7:30pm
Location: Waverly High School, 160 Snow Rd., Lansing, MI
About: Decorate your own 4″x4″x4′ or small tabletop Peace Pole; all materials provided. Waverly High School and Ovid-Elsie High School students from various nationalities will be on-hand for you to personalize your Peace Pole in different languages. This will be a laid back, interactive workshop where you can come and talk with students who are interested in changing the world for the better. There will be space available for you to paint your pole. We’ll provide some background and importance of Peace Poles. If you prefer, you can also pickup your complete kit and create your peace pole at home.
Cost: 4’h: $40; Tabletop: $15
Hosts: Ovid-Elsie High School; Lansing Waverly High School
Registration: https://gluna.org/event/peace-pole-making-event/


Event: Divest from War, Invest for Peace series: “The Military Industrial Congressional Complex Laid Bare”
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89598486305?pwd=MWpwRndBckdHZUpaOGVTcEE4Uzlvdz09)
Cost: Free 
Speaker: William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy 
Hosts: Peace Education Center, Peace Action of Michigan, Edgewood Justice and Peace Team, Greater Lansing United Nations Association, Detroit Chapter United Nations Association, Shalom Center for Justice and Peace
Website: https://www.peaceedcenter.org/divest-from-war-invest-for-peace/

  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

Event: Sermon on Peace, Imam Sohail Chaudhry, Islamic Center of East Lansing

Time:  12:15 & 1:45pm

Location: 920 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI and online at https://www.youtube.com/user/LansingIslam

Website: lansingislam.com


Event: PeaceQuest Award Ceremony

Time:  4:30pm-5:30pm

Location:  Zoom

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkf-usqDsjEt21eVpCiKa3Mpn6B1YAJUeL

About: The event will feature PeaceQuest Art Challenge Award Ceremony (peacequestgreaterlansing.org/art-contest/),  an interactive trivia on peace and recognition of participants to Peace Pole Pursuit (peacequestgreaterlansing.org/peace-pole-pursuit).

  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

Event: Community Block Party
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church 1315 Abbot Road, East Lansing
About: Our Block party will have a PeaceQuest station where participants will have the opportunity to make a homemade peace pole, four-sided (4ft) cardboard, tissue paper, craft supplies and imagination! 
Cost: Free
Hosts: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, East Lansing
Website: www.eastminsterchurch.org

  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

Event: Singing in the Dark Times: A Poetry Fundraiser for the Refugee Development Center
Location: University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI
Time: 3pm-5pm
About: Area artists are coming together to present “Singing in the Dark Times,” a program of music and poetry to raise funds for Lansing’s Refugee Development Center. “Refuge Lansing,” a photo exhibit of refugees who have made the Lansing Area their home, will be on display. Strict COVID protocols will be in place: vaccination cards and masks are required by all attendees. The event will take place in the UUMC Sanctuary, which has ample space for attendees to socially distance.
Cost: Free of charge. Donations to the Refugee Development Center will be gratefully accepted.
Hosts:  Lansing Poetry Club
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1219196748557415


Event: Paint a Pot, Plant a Peace Lily 
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. 
Location: Old Chicago Pizza + Taproom, 1938 West Grand River Road, Okemos, MI 
About: This workshop style event let’s you choose your colors and paint however you want, with individual guidance, tips and tricks available all night. Add some metallic or UV reactive paint and make it your own unique creation! Plants from local business Neva Lee’s.  Fee includes: One 4” peace lily to plant, One 4” terra cotta planter to paint, One BONUS 3.5” terra cotta planter to paint, Everything you need to paint with plus expert instruction and Trivia and prizes. Seating is very limited 
Cost: $30  
Website / Pre-registration: https://www.paintyourpoison.com/events/paint-a-pot   
Hosts: Paint Your Poison – 517-220-0058, info@paintyourpoison.com


Event:   LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers in Cross-cultural Education) Monthly Session

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom ~ Globally and Locally

Time:  12:00-4:00 p.m.

Location:   MSUFCU, 4825 E. Mount Hope Road, East Lansing, MI.  (Masks are required.)

Who:  LATTICE is an international group that explores the world in a respectful, open-minded manner.  All who wish to participate in this way are welcomed to join us.  Ages high school and older.

Cost: Free


Event: Divest from War, Invest for Peace series: “Effective Citizen Lobbying to Shrink Militarism”.
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82658459450?pwd=ZFdudy8xdUY5a3hBM3B3UXErTkhJQT09)
Cost: Free  
Speaker: Elizabeth Beavers, Friends Committee on National Legislation and People Over Pentagon coalition  
Hosts: Peace Education Center, Peace Action of Michigan, Edgewood Justice and Peace Team, Greater Lansing United Nations Association, Detroit Chapter United Nations Association, Shalom Center for Justice and Peace
Website: https://www.peaceedcenter.org/divest-from-war-invest-for-peace/