This last month we at the Peace and Social Justice Center started a new program called Peace and Coffee with the goal of giving peace minded people a place to gather, talk, and plan in community. It meets on the first, second, and third Saturdays of the month at coffee shops on the east side, downtown, and west side of Wichita. Here is a breakdown of our first meetings:
The first Saturday was at Common Grounds on East Douglas at 8am. It was a small gathering of three people, but the discussion was good. Dorlan was there, and he told us all about how he and Pat originally started the Peace and Social Justice Center.
The next weekend we met at Sente in downtown Wichita at 10am. The group grew to five by the end of that meeting. Billie spoke about Vets for Peace, and how she would really like to see a local chapter here. We will see if we can get someone from one of the branches to come down and do a presentation for us next year.
The final meeting was at Kookaburra on West Central. With seven people coming by to talk, this was our most well attended meeting yet. The best part was that several of the people attending had never been to a Peace Center event before. We spent that morning discussing our backgrounds and what Peace means to all of us.
These meetings are still in their trial phase, and I am always looking for feedback on the locations and times. So, if you have some ideas, please feel free to leave a comment below.