The Peace Center


WHO WE ARE

Bethlehem's Peace Center seeks to be a model, resource, and catalyst for restorative peace practices in our community. We partner with other churches, local schools, and community members, aiming to shape a culture in which all people live with wholeness. We believe wholeness is found through right relationships, just policies, and the inclusion of all. 


The Peace Center's work is based in restorative practices and restorative justice. Peace circles are foundational to our efforts to build community, resolve conflicts, and promote healing. The Peace Center also prioritizes anti-racism work and trauma education as essential to our mission.


The work of the Center is directed by Bethlehem's Peace Team. 


Visit this page often to learn more about our ongoing work and how you can be involved. You also can subscribe to our newsletter.


Upcoming Events

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What we do

Restorative practices, anti-racism work, and trauma education are at the heart of all we do. We offer peace education through our week-long summer peace camp for children and an afterschool Peace Club. The Peace Center is available to hold peace circles in schools, organizations, and the community. 

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  • Trauma Education

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past events

Get a taste of our work by viewing recent events hosted by the Peace Center.

  • peace camp

    The first week in August, over 30 children came to Peace Camp to gain valuable peace making skills. The program focused on the five healing gestures: listen, comfort, celebrate, collaborate, and inspire. The children participated in daily peace circles, learned conflict resolution skills, discovered new ways to manage big feelings, experienced Ukrainian culture, learned about the refugee experience, packed personal care kits for refugees, put on a play, and did team building at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center. The kids made new friends, had fun, and built their own resilience. This year's camp was co-sponsored by Morgan Park Presbyterian Church. 

    We look forward to next year!

  • circle keeper meet and greet

    Bethlehem's Peace Team hosted a meet and greet event for local peace circle keepers and restorative justice practitioners in the congregation's baptismal garden. People from across the neighborhood made new connections, restored old connections, and imagined what might be done together. 

  • trauma book study

    Overt the summer the Peace Center held a five session discussion on the impacts of trauma using the book "What Happened to You?" by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Over the course of the study the group gained valuable knowledge about trauma and resilience and formed a strong connection of care and support. This event was co-sponsored by South Side Catholic Peace and Justice and held at St. Barnabas Catholic School and Christ the King Catholic Parish. 

Community Partners

Bethlehem cannot do this work alone. We collaborate with an ever-growing list of community partners. Contact Pastor Jennie English -Dumont if you would like to learn more about how we can work together!