Peace Day Philly 2015: Sept. 14 – Sept. 21

 PDP Postcard

Join us for one or more of these PDP 2015 programs/activities – many of which are collaborations, in keeping with this year’s global Peace Day theme: “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.” Most are FREE!  Please share with your networks!  Events listed are as of August 25 – Please click on name of activity to go to full listing. (Please note – when page says “previous” it will actually go to the next page, and vice versa.)

Monday, September 14 
11:15am – 12:45pmService OpportunitySunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, feed lunch to residents, center city. For more info and to register yourself/your group, email:

X Cultural Passport 2015

Tuesday, September 15
12:00pm -2:00pm: XCultural Performance. Venue: Love Park. Part of MOIMA’s XCultural Passport.

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6:30-8:30pmMeasuring Peace: Economic & Intercultural Perspectives on Creating a More Peaceful World. Venue: International House Philadelphia, University City/Philly. Special guest speaker Michelle Breslauer, Institute for Economics and Peace, perspectives from IH residents including Saif Al Saudi with music from Farah Siraj. First of IH’s “Intercultural Understanding & Leadership Series.”  FREE, pls RSVP. FEATURED EVENT.

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Wednesday, September 16 
7:30-9:00am:  CommUNITY Breakfast: Embracing the Difference and Undoing Racism One Conversation at a Time. Venue: Villanova University$10 – must send in FORM w/ payment. 

Arcadia Photos Only - 2 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Finding Our Place In the World: Through the Lens of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. Includes photo essay of a Bhutanese refugee family. Venue: Arcadia University, Glenside PA. FREEFEATURED EVENT.

Dialogue Institute
Thursday, September 17
- 6:00pm – 8:00pm: Dialogue Across Difference: Skills for Peacemaking. Venue: Temple University – Tuttleman Learning Center. FREE, RSVP to the Dialogue Institute at

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Friday, September 18
8:00pm: Philly Peace FestBeatles Tribute show. Venue. The Fire (bar/music venue in Northern Liberties). Multiple local bands performing Beatles songs. Ticketed. More info soon. 

Saturday September 19 
10am – 5pm: Building Bridges of Faith: Photographs of Papal Visits to the Holy Land. Venue: National Liberty MuseumTICKETEDSept. 19-21, $2 off admission if you mention Peace Day Philly.

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- 1:00-8:00pm: Philly Peace Fest – Venue: The Fire, Northern Liberties. OUTDOORS – Bands vendors, foods, peace crafts, Chalk4PeaceFREE.
- 8:00pmIndoors, Four or more bands. TICKETED.

Sunday, September 20 
- 11:00am – 12:15pm: Peace, Poverty, and the Planet: EHS Platform. Venue: Ethical Humanist Society of Phila., center city. FREE.

- 11:00am – 12:30pm: Visioning a future that values and embraces ALL: Service featuring Audri Scott Williams. Venue: The Center of Peace and Spiritual Living. Elkins Park, PA.

- 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Peace, Social Justice and the Environment: Interconnections. Venue: Peace Monument Park, Camden, NJ. FREE.


2:00pm – 4:30pm:  An Interfaith Peace Celebration &; Dialogue: Nurturing the Activist Within & Relationships BeyondVenue: Ethical Humanist Society, center city. FREE. Pls RSVPFEATURED EVENT.

4:00pm – 11:30pm: Philly Peace Fest Venue: The Fire, Northern Liberties.
    -4:00pm-  Afternoon all agesTICKETED.
    -9:00pmNight Adult showTICKETED.

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Monday, September 21 – UN International Day of Peace
Parkway NW High School for Peace & Justice – Peace Day Philly
9:45 – 11:15am: March and Opening Remarks – ALL WELCOME!  Special Guest – Prof. basketball player & Philly native Wayne Ellington
- 11:45-2:00pm: Interactive workshops (some room for public available) Venues: Start: Mt. Airy Playground/End: Lutheran Theological Seminary

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6:00pm -12 mid: Philly Peace FestVenueThe Fire, Northern Liberties.
   -6:00-9:00pm: Peace Day Happy Hour & Free Show
   -9:00-10:00pmSpecial guest
   -10:00pm -12 midAll-star Peace open Jam

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6:15pm – 7:15pm: 5th Annual Sing Along for Peace. Venue: SW Corner of Rittenhouse Square – across from the Ethical Humanist Families welcome, includes Chalk4PeaceFollowed by a short candlelight vigil.


September 1-30 – We Went Looking for Home But We Found – Gryphon Café at Oxford Mills, 100 W. Oxford Street Philadelphia, PA 19122, 7am-5pm daily, Monday-Friday. Al-Bustan Seeds of Cultures bilingual multimedia exhibit.

PEACE DAY PHILLY 2015:September 14 - September 21

Measuring Peace: Economic & Intercultural Perspectives on Creating a More Peaceful World

Tuesday, September 15

6:30pm – 8:30pm
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

The International House Intercultural Leadership Series, in partnership with Peace Day Philly, offers this special event for the International Day of Peace!

This program will feature dialogue with MICHELLE BRESLAUER of the Institute for Economics and Peace, the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyse peace and to quantify its economic benefits AND panel discussion with IH residents including SAIF AL SAUDI, 2015 Davis Projects for Peace recipient.

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Questions explored will include: Has the world become more or less peaceful? What are the main threats and opportunities for peace today, and what role does our multicultural experience play in moving toward a more peaceful and sustainable world?



This FREE event will also include an internationally themed reception and performance by World Fusion artist Farah Siraj

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The program launches IH’s Intercultural Leadership Series, ILS logo                       an ongoing project involving lectures, symposiums and live performances. The events aim at fostering discussion and offering insight on the competencies, behaviors and specific skills needed to be an effective leader in an intercultural environment.

 VOH_hori_blackThe Institute for Economics and Peace develops global and national indices, calculating the economic cost of violence, analysing country level risk and understanding positive peace. Their research is used extensively by governments, academic institutions, think tanks, non-governmental organizations and by intergovernmental institutions such as the United Nations. The Institute was recently ranked in the top 15 most impactful think tanks in the world on the Global Go To Think Tank Index.

CommUNITY Breakfast: “Embracing the Difference and Undoing Racism One Conversation at a Time”

Wednesday, Sept. 16
Villanova University
Connelly Center and Villanova Room, 800 Lancaster Ave. Villanova, PA 19085

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Featuring conversation at the breakfast tables facilitated by Radnor Middle School principal, Mrs. Esther Purnell

Register now! – DOWNLOAD THE FLIER – $10 per person

Join the Unity Choir! - If you or someone you know enjoys singing and would like to join the Unity Choir and sing at the CommUNITY Breakfast, we welcome you! Please know there will be one rehearsal, held at Bethel AME Church, 50 S. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, on Thursday September 10 at 7 p.m. Please telephone Mrs. Peggy Gaskins at 610-525-6724 between 4-7 p.m. to let her know you are interested in participating.

Parking in Main Lot! – This year Villanova University is renovating the SAC parking garage so it will be unavailable. Parking is available in Main Lot on Lancaster Avenue. Please allow extra time to park, walk across the street and over to the Connelly Center and Villanova Room. Those with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Connelly Center circle and then the driver may move their car to Main Lot. Limited parking for those with a PA Disability Parking placard (hang tag) will be available at The Connelly Center circle and Kennedy parking lot. The public safety officer at Ithan Ave gate will direct you.

Finally, the University is providing limited shuttle service from Main Lot for employees beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the University welcomes CommUNITY Breakfast attendees to make use of this service if you are running late.

We begin at 7:30 a.m. sharp!

Finding Our Place In The World: Through the Lens of Immigrant & Refugee Experiences

Wednesday, September 16
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Arcadia University
450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Rose & Mirror Rooms of Grey Towers Castle

Join us for this FREE, interactive program, including stories of student and community immigrants/refugees as well as your reflections and experiences on the universal themes of belonging, home, healing and identity.

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This program will include the photo essay
“Transnational Journey: A Bhutanese Family”
by Manisha Patel.


Refreshments provided! Questions? Email:

A partnership of Arcadia’s Peace & Conflict Resolution MA Program & Peace Day Philly 

Dialogue Across Difference: Skills for Peacemaking

Thursday, September 17
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Temple University – Tuttleman Learning Center, Room #300AB
13th and Montgomery (entrance on 13th), Philadelphia

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict – alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.” – Dorothy Thompson

Dialogue Institute
In this interactive workshop, staff from the Dialogue Institute and participants will explore dialogue as an essential tool for peacemaking and discuss basic dialogue principles and related skills for use in any context marked by cultural, religious, ideological and/or other difference.

This workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited so RSVP is required:

The Dialogue Institute, a nonprofit organization based at Temple University and founded in 1978, engages religious, civic and academic leaders around the world in practicing the skills of respectful dialogue and critical thinking.

Philly Peace Fest at The Fire!

Friday, September 18 – Sunday, Sept. 20

  FRIDAY: 8pm – Beatles Tribute show with multiple local bands performing Beatles songs SATURDAY: 1pm – 8pm: Outdoor Festival – Music, Vendors, foods, Crafts, Chalk4Peace             SAT. NITEFour bands – ticketed show                                                                    SUNDAY: 4pm – All ages ticketed show; 9pm ticketed show

The Fire
412 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123
(Northern Liberties)

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The Fire venue and bar joins the local and global movement of celebrating Peace Day with music!


About The Fire:
The Fire hosts a very diverse calendar of music here at the Fire, with regular shows featuring rock, folk, country, indie rock, punk, hip-hop and everything in between. It was established in 2001 as a pioneering new rock club in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.

Over a decade later, the Fire remains a fixture in a diverse musical neighborhood and a part of one of the most thriving music scenes in the Northeast. The Fire quickly established itself as an artist-friendly venue with a passion for developing talented new artists, both local and touring. The Fire has hosted artists the likes of Tegan and Sara, My Chemical Romance, OK GO, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Iron and Wine, John Legend, Amos Lee, Cold War Kids, Rilo Kiley, Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Santigold, Damien Rice, and Dr. Dog having graced our stage.

Building Bridges of Faith: Photographs of Papal Visits to the Holy Land

Saturday Sept. 19 – September 21
National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut Street, Olde City/Philly
Ticketed event – $2.00 off Sept. 19 – 21 when you mention Peace Day Philly

A photographic exploration of Papal visits to the Holy Land. Archival images from the Consulate General of Israel capture stirring scenes from both recent and historic Papal visits to Israel. Blessed Pope Paul VI, Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis are some of the most well-traveled Popes in history and have visited many sacred and historic places around the world and in Israel. Learn More HERE.
National Liberty Museum

Peace, Poverty, and the Planet: EHS Platform

September 20
11:00am – 12:15pm
Ethical Humanist Society
1906 S. Rittenhouse Square (SW side of the Square), center city
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On the eve of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, Hugh Taft-Morales explores what it will take to bring lasting peace to the planet. While grateful for the energy and time diplomats and strategists contribute to contain violence, he wonders if such efforts will fail without a radical change of perspective on the part of most of the human race.

From a humanist perspective, the recent Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis entitled “Our Common Home” can be instructive. It emphasizes the fundamental interrelatedness of all of nature and society. War, greed, and exploitation feed off each other. To build peace, we need sustainability & justice.

Audri Scott Williams: Visioning a future that values and embraces ALL

Sunday, September 20, 2015
11:00am Service Featuring Audri Scott Williams
The Center of Peace for Spiritual Living
1750 Ashbourne Rd, Elkins Park, Pa 19027 (Enter on 1921 Beech Ave.)
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Audri Scott Williams was the Vision Keeper who led the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk over 6 continents (2005-2009), and the 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace across America to over 50 communities (2010-2011). She has received numerous awards for her service to humanity.


Peace Community at Sacred Heart Rally

Sunday, September 20
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Peace Monument Park
Broad and Ferry, Trenton, NJ
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Gathering at the Peace monument with speakers and music to welcome Pope Francis to our area, discuss the connections between the peace, social justice and environmental movements and how Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment might help further the work that we do.

Also part of Pace de Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2015