TWELVE DAYS TOWARD PEACE 2016, September 21 to October 2

Twelve Days Toward Peace 2016


September 21, International Day of Peace to October 2, International Day of Nonviolence

Compassion, that desire to take action to end the suffering of another, is rooted in

non-harm/nonviolence. When we want happiness for another, based on understanding our own desire to avoid suffering, we put aside all thoughts of harm. We individuals, banded together, provide the ingredients for growing a compassionate city by meeting the issues around violence in whatever way we have the gifts or will to use.

 You are invited to set aside twelve days this fall to explore, study, understand and practice the value of non-harm/nonviolence. Learn from the wisdom of great peacemakers, take time to consider personal alternatives to violence and strategies for resolving conflict, set aside silent or meditative time to visualize a world in harmony, and join community members city-wide in this intentional practice that provides a strong foundation for engaged compassion.



 Daily Meditation for Peace

  • Help create a culture of nonviolence in our challenged world by pledging time daily for meditation, prayer or mindfulness
  • Choose 8am, Noon, 8pm or Midnight each day between September 21 and October 2
  • Register your personal commitment at

Daily Peacemaker to Light the Path

  • Learn from the life-witness and teachings of peacemakers from around the world:
  • Read and share inspiring messages posted at, Twelve Days Toward Peace Facebook page, and Louisville’s Arms of Compassion Facebook page.



 International Day of Peace Interfaith Prayer and Meditation

September 21, Wednesday, 6-8pm, DGCEC

  • Join this Interfaith Service with an offering of prayer and readings for peace in our day by representatives from many religious traditions
  • Spend the second hour in Community Meditation with Tibetan Buddhist chanting and silent meditation practice

Moving and Breathing Toward Peace

September 23, Friday, 7-8:15pm, hosted by Yoga Integrated Science, 211 Clover Lane, 40207

  • Gentle yoga class explores ways to cultivate a deeper sense of inner peace, led by Chrissy Leake and Brandon Hubbard
  • Class is free but donations are welcome; all proceeds will benefit DGCEC
  • Confirm your mat space at 502.619.1652 (space is limited)

 Louisville Peace: Piece-by-Piece

September 24, Saturday, 1-3pm, 1619 FLUX at 1619 W. Main Street, 40203

  • Join Louisvillians from all parts of the community who have lost loved ones to violence or have suffered extreme violence themselves, including people of all ages, ethnic groups and First Responders
  • Be part of the powerful symbolic action of creating a Table of Peace, piece-by-piece, with the names of those killed, the names of peacemakers, and wishes or prayers for peace and healing
  • Speakers include Mayor Fischer, Christopher 2X, Chief Conrad and others, followed by the creation of the Table of Peace, piece-by-piece – the add your own peace tile-piece

24-Hour Vigil for Nonviolence

September 27-28, Tuesday, 8pm to Wednesday, 8pm, DGCEC

  • Sit 10 minutes or hours during this 24-hour vigil at DGCEC (or in your workplace, house of worship or home) – staying alert and exploring the intention and wisdom of non-harm
  • Engage in transforming your own violent thoughts, words and actions, and explore steps toward transforming our community, one heart at a time
  • Sign-up as a sponsor-leader of one of the 24-hours into which you bring your own wisdom reading or reflection to share: 502-614-5616 or [email protected]

World Peace Meditation Celebration            

September 29, Thursday, 6-7:30pm, Brown-Forman Amphitheater, Waterfront Park

  • Hold a space in silence to generate loving-kindness for our global community as a part of this community-wide public, outdoor meditation for world peace
  • Be present for all or part of this 90-minute celebration
  • Sign on as a supporting individual or organization: or 502-614-5616


International Day of Nonviolence Event            

October 2, Sunday, 4-5pm, St. Agnes Church Parking Lot, 1920 Newburg Road, 40205 (rain space in St. Agnes’ Aloysius Hall)

  • Engage in this one-hour event and receive inspiration from great teachers of nonviolence as well as words of hope and vision by community and faith leaders about how they are part of transforming violence in our community
  • Mark the birthday of one of the greatest experimenters and leaders of the path of nonviolence of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Mahatma Gandhi (born October 2, 1869)
  • Help transform the public health issue of violence into the heart-of-compassion-in-action for our world
  • Join your voice to declare your commitment to growing a culture of nonviolence as all take a Pledge of Nonviolence together


More details at

Facebook: Twelve Days Toward Peace

or contact Anne Walter, DGCEC Director: 502-619-1652, [email protected]