Hands of Peace takes no political position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict beyond affirming the human rights of all involved. Please reference Our Values here. Our events are designed to inspire dialogue amongst supporters and alumni and expose supporters to diverse perspectives. We hope you will join us.
We invite you to learn more about how we are Reimagining Hands of Peace. Sign up now for a Zoom Reimagining Info Session led by Adam Heffez, Board member and Hands of Peace alumnus. Adam’s story is part of “What’s Possible,” a powerful video about the Hands of Peace journey.
Sunday, May 31
6 pm- 7 pm I/P / 10 am -11 am CDT / 8 am – 9 am PDT
Interesting Events in the Community
The views of speakers/films/books in this section do not represent the views of Hands of Peace. We encourage the Hands of Peace community, just like our young leaders, to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. To best do that, we list a wide spectrum of events and encourage people to attend some that offer differing perspectives. Only by listening to each other with open minds and open hearts can we grow.
- The National Conflict Resolution Center Virtual Community Circles - all month long
- The Muslim Community Center in Chicago is offering a Virtual Ramadan Lecture Series throughout April and May
- Rotarian Action Group for Peace Weekly Webinar Series: Together for Peace, Every Friday (hosted by Board Member Reem)
Hands of Peace Youth Circle
American Alumni & Raising Youth Voices Virtual Gathering
On April 14, over 20 youth from San Diego and Chicago joined together for a virtual exchange. Participants included both high school and college students, alumni from Hands of Peace as well as youth who participated in the Raising Youth Voices dialogue training in San Diego.
Over the course of an hour and a half, participants shared how COVID-19 has impacted them personally and how life has changed over the past weeks. The group then explored which communities are being hardest hit by the pandemic and why. It was an emotional and powerful conversation as teens shared vulnerably about the privilege they feel to have access to education, news sources, health care and more.
Ways to be of service has added meaning to daily routine as teens shared what they have done to help make a difference - whether it was starting a virtual tutoring service, checking in on others, hosting their own virtual gatherings or nannying for families whose parents both work full time from home and feel the overwhelm of parenting, working and teaching.
The group closed with reflections on what discovery they would take with them post-pandemic and shared the commitment to not take small things for granted - family, health, relationships, school and community. In the words of Chloe Carlish, an attendee and Hands of Peace alumna:
"I want to thank everyone here for coming together in a way that all of us can listen to each other and learn from one another and lean on each other. It's a crazy time but we're all experiencing different things and we're all experiencing a great change together. It won't always be like this or feel like this and sometimes it takes other people to remind us of that."