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Upcoming Peace Center Events

Monthly Peace Center Board Meeting
Saturday, August 19, 12:00 pm
At the Peace Center, 1407 N Topeka
August GLC Event: "Understanding Islam"
Sunday, August 20, 6:00 pm Social, 6:30 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Presentations, Q & A
Olive Tree Banquet Hall, 2949 N Rock RD

Michael Barton was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. He graduated from South High School and earned his Bachelor's in Modern & Classical Languages along with his Master's in Educational Leadership from Wichita State University. He accepted Islam in October of 2006 at the Islamic Society of Wichita and has studied the religion ever since. He has worked in Education for 11 years teaching at St. Francis of Assissi Catholic School, East High School, and Butler County Community College. He is currently the principal of Annoor Islamic School.

Michael will share his story of what led him to Islam, and what it is about the faith that keeps him in it. There will also be time for questions and discussion.

Dinner: Members $12, Non-Members $14, Students $10,
or Listen for Free

RSVP to or (316) 209-5725 
ASAP before event to allow for food preparation. 

Pay online or cash or check at the door.
Visit our website for a full schedule of events!

*********Other Community Events********
Community Rally: Stand for Love
Wednesday, August 16, 7:45 - 8:30 pm
Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 1200 Boyd Ave, Newton

Come join the community in a rally to show love for your neighbors and your support against racism and hate.
Outside The Walls Church & Ministries will perform live.
BLUE portrait day with Wichita Out of the Darkness Walks & Kacy Meinecke
Friday, August 18, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kacy Meinecke Photography, 100 S Market, Suite 101

#StopSuicide #StopSuicideICT #WichitaOOTD2017 #mentalhealth 

Honor your story, support the struggle, remove the stigma, meet a survivor, or just show your support for suicide prevention in the Wichita community. 

What's Your Color?
Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Each color shows our personal connection to the cause and helps us identify others who understand our experience. 

Beaded necklaces will be provided for all those participating to allow everyone the ability to share the story. You will find people who are willing to listen too. 

$10 suggested donation 
Cobalt blue backdrop
Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Monday, August 21, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Topeka First United Methodist Church, 600 SW Topeka BLVD, Topeka, KS

Topeka, Kansas Mass Meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Join Co-convenors Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis for a Mass Meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival on Monday , August 21 at 7:00 pm at Topeka First United Methodist Church . You can hear about the inspiration,vision and strategy for the Campaign. Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The Campaign aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement – rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings – to unite our country from the bottom up.

The call for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.

There is a resounding call to save the very soul of this nation: We need a new Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Revival in America. It is time to become a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.

Join us for the Mass Meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival on Monday, August 21 at 7pm at Topeka First United Methodist Church. Childcare is provided. 

Find out more at

Go Native!
Thursday, August 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sweet Allie B's/ Limestone Beer Co, 707 N Waco, Suite 105

Have a beer and learn about how you can make your yard native! 

Krista from Kansas Native Plant Society will bring us:
1. Places to see native plants in the Wildlife Habitat Areas of Wichita City Parks.
2. List of natives that are easy to grow, don't require much water and their preferred habitat.
3. Recommended books and websites for more info.
4. Info on Monarch Watch and National Wildlife Service (NWS) approved garden designs and signage available to designate "pollinator garden" for people who want to garden with some authority to show the city it's not just "weeds" so they aren't forced to mow. 

Bring money for food from Allie B's and order a beer to go with it. After the discussion we will be able to tour the brewery! For all the details check!
Women's Equality - Personal Safety Celebration!
Saturday, August 26, 10:30 am
Aero Plains Brewery, 117 N Handley ST

Women's March on Air Capital and Summer of Sisterhood have teamed up with Fearless and Female and SheHopes for an incredible Women's Equality day event! 

•Including a personal safety class by Fearless & Female (Stabby kitties available!!) 
• Food by Let'm Eat Brats
• Brews by Areo Plains
• Puppies from Beauties & Beast

Music and wonderful women speakers from various, local organizations discussing their passion and what Women's Equality means in our time. Celebrating our sisters before us who fought for our right to vote! 

��This is a free event, with a recommended donation to the SheHopes organization:
Suggested donation of girls/women's underwear sizes 2T-adult.
We may not think of underwear as being a lifesaving/changing item but to many young girls and women: underwear = hope.
(More about SheHopes at
Guest Speaker: Wes Johnson
Saturday, August 26, 7:30 pm
The First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7202 E 21ST

The Wichita Freethinker UU Humanists will be hosting Wes Johnson from the Law Enforcement  Action Partnership on August 26 at 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7202 E. 21st..  Wes will discuss  the wasted effort the country has devoted to the War on Drugs, and he will discuss decriminalization.  Wes is a practicing attorney in Tulsa, OK, and a former law enforcement officer. 
Also, Wes will be the guest speaker at the 11:00 service Sunday morning, August 27, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church.

Former Officer Wes E. Johnson: After four years in the Air Force, Wes Johnson began a diverse career in law enforcement, juvenile offender casework, alcohol and drug counseling, emergency medicine, and investigative work. At the same time, Johnson continued his education, earning a doctorate in law. 

In 1977 Wes began his current career as a trial lawyer. He has tried federal and state drug cases, as well as civil rights, product liability, malpractice, and first-degree murder cases. He spent 31 years practicing law and winning a majority of cases.

Wes became dismayed by the failures of drug prohibition and took his educational efforts to local civic clubs and churches. Johnson's testimony before the 2001 Unitarian Universalist General Assembly received overwhelming support, setting the stage for the international congregation to accept ending the drug war as major platform for their efforts in social policy work.
Film Screening - "13th"
Thursday, August 31, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
WSU CAC Theater, 1845 Fairmount ST

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery in the U.S. This film examines the way that America's prison system has become another form of slavery for American minority populations. From the profitability of prison labor to the development of private prisons, Ava DuVernay's documentary makes clear that the impact of our nation's laws, sentencing, and imprisonment have disproportionately affected communities of color. Join us as we screen the film that the Boston Globe called "one of the best movies of 2016." 

This screening is part of the Candid Conversation series of programs, developed from a partnership with the Wichita Public Library, the Wichita Police Department and at least a dozen community organizations. Learn more at




SEPTEMBER 8, 9:30am-4pm


Wichita State University

Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Rm 180

5015 E. 29th St. N, Wichita


Join the ACLU of Kansas, the League of Women Voters of Kansas, and the NAACP - Kansas State Conference of Branches


Democracy Tomorrow will serve as an opportunity for Kansas activists, legislators, and engaged citizens to begin a statewide conversation on the importance of promoting stronger civic health and higher levels of electoral participation. Featuring:

  • Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County, CA
  • Tova Wang, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Secure and Modern Elections, and Senior Democracy Fellow, Demos
  • Burdett Loomis, Professor of Political Science, The University of Kansas
  • Bryan Caskey, Kansas State Election Director



This event is made possible through the generous support of the Kansas Health Foundation. The Kansas Health Foundation is a philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. For more information about the KS Health Foundation visit
Leonard Pitts, JR. Presentation and Book Signing
Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 pm
Memorial Hall, Bethel College, North Newton

Join us in the Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus for an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. as he reflects on our times.
EcoFest Wichita: Spiders and Sunshine and Bees, Oh My!
Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, 7202 E 21ST ST North

Join us for the fourth annual EcoFest Wichita on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, 7202 E. 21st Street North.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $2.00, with children 12 and under admitted free.
Environmentally friendly vendors will offer entertainment, goods, services, art works and information to help Wichitans learn to live in ways that are kind to the earth.  Speakers include naturalists, technology experts, home and garden specialists, artists, activists and environmental educators.  Lunch will be available with plant-based and grass-fed ingredients.  Children's activities will include make-it/take-it crafts; games; demonstrations, and education about green living.
A tag sale will feature recycled, upcycled, repurposed, and vintage jewelry, furniture, collectibles, home decor, clothing, plants and household items.
EcoFest is sponsored by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, a liberal religious community with long and proud history of providing and supporting liberal religion.
For more information, please see our website,, or call the church office, at (316) 684-3481.
Faith, Conscience, and Immigration
Saturday, September 23, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Immigration Advocacy Network, 700 N Market ST

Our first Immigrant Heritage Scholarship Award to recognize and honor an academically talented and gifted Kansas immigrant student. Proceeds from the event will fund the next Immigrant Heritage Scholarships. Good company, food, fun, music, immigration updates and a Question/Answer session by veteran Immigration Attorney, Sandrine Lisk, Esq., of Wichita, Kansas. Keynote Address by Sarah C. Oglesby-Dunegan: When Faith & Conscience Informs the Immigration Debate. Childcare Provided.

Buena compañía, comida, diversión, música, actualizaciones importantes de inmigración, y una sesión de Preguntas/Respuestas por abogada de Inmigración con mas de 20 años de experiencia, Sandrine Lisk, Esq. de Wichita, Kansas. 
Discurso Principal: Cuando la Fe y la Consciencia Informa el Debate de Inmigración. (Incluye cuidado de niños).

Suggested Donation: $25 Adults/Adultos; 
$10 Children Under 10/Niños menores de 10 años,

Tickets Available/Entradas:
Unheard Voices From the Heart of Palestine
Saturday, September 30, 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
First United Methodist Church, 1001 Pleasant St, Des Moines, IA

Whether you are new to the issue of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict or you have studied the topic for years, this symposium is for you.
Come and learn about:
  • America’s role in the Occupation
  • Faith perspectives on the conflict
  • Becoming active in peacemaking
The Middle East Peace Education Coalition (MEPEC) is guided by a belief in the worth of every individual.

Our mission is to work toward a just peace in Israel/Palestine by:
  • Changing US policies that have supported and continue to support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
  • Affirming the human rights of all people to self-determination and to security within identified borders.
  • Recognizing the right and responsibility of the people of the region to decide on the governance of their state(s).
  • Committing to the principle that international law must be the framework for resolving the conflict.
If you are interested in becoming a part of our work, contact Christine Anders at or
Kathleen McQuillen at



When asked about how our lifestyles affect our risk of cancer, most are aware that smoking can cause lung cancer, and that sun exposure can lead to skin cancer.  However, physical activity is known to lower the risk of some cancers, specifically breast cancer and colon cancer.  A new study published in 2016 also saw an association of physical activity with lower risks of 13 other varieties of cancer. This is an interesting finding which further suggests that being active is good for your health in all kinds of ways!  Choose your favorite activity, and try to spend at least 30 minutes, five days/week, doing it.  Remember that walking at a moderate pace counts! Wichita has many parks, biking and walking paths.  Take advantage of them!

If you missed the Annual Dinner, catch the presentation of the 2015 Dinner below!

Peace Center Hours 
Monday         1-5
Tuesday          1-5
Wednesday     1-5
Thursday        1-5
Friday          9-1

The Peace and Social Justice Education Fund is proud to be supported in part by a grant from the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts!