We invite you to join us at our 100th Hope Story Circle on November 11th, to come together to honor our shared humanity and all of the stories that have been gathered through this time. Following this celebration, we are going to suspend the Hope Story Circles, making way for other initiatives to emerge.

Our Hope Story Circles began in March of 2020, when we were first isolating due to the pandemic. What was initially planned to last a month or two, extended into more than three years of extraordinary moments, where stories were told that focused on our shared humanity. These Peace On podcasts have had thousands of downloads, as the stories continue to touch people who weren’t present at the time.

As we come together for this celebration, please come ready to share! What is the title of a story that you would like to hear, or that you would like to tell?

By coming together, we are inviting these stories into the world!

Please come and join us as we celebrate the stories that bring us together, as we enter a new phase of Peacebuilding!

We would be thrilled to have you join us, and bring friends! Find the zoom connect information at the Calendar on our website.

Haven’t seen the Race and Racism in Cincinnati Docuseries yet? No worries, join us anyways or sign up to watch the series in October.

Race and Racism in Cincinnati: A 3-Part Docuseries
Part 1: October 6, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Part 2: October 13, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Part 3: October 20, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Via Zoom
Register Here

We’re inviting Docuseries participants and community members to an action focused conversation. At this event we will unpack the question, “How do I dismantle systemic racism in Greater Cincinnati?” Come with new ideas or share what you’re working on in your community, then invite others to join you!

Racism in Greater Cincinnati: An Action-Focused Conversation
Tuesday, October 24
6:00 – 8:00 PM
First Unitarian Church
(536 Linton St. – 45219)

Register Here

Nonviolent practice calls us to not only name institutions of violence, but to also do something about it. As practitioners of strategic nonviolence, we recognize the power we hold when people come together to organize under shared values. That is why Ignite Peace is in collaboration with the Ohio Families Unite Against Police Brutality (OFUABP), an organization guided by the policy demands of people who have lost someone to police violence. These policy demands include implicit bias and de-escalation training for police officers and reducing deadly use of force. Together, we can reshape bad policies and practices in a way that empowers all of us to create safety and peace in our lives, families, and communities. We know a better future is possible, and by walking together, we can demand that our elected leaders make this a place where all of our rights and our lives are respected.

OFUAPB is convening a protest for O22 Day National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality to commemorate the lives lost to police violence. The gathering will take place on Sunday, October 22nd at the Columbus Statehouse starting at 2pm.

Sunday, October 22
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Columbus Statehouse

Donate Shoes 
Donate a pair of shoes which will be used to commemorate one of the lives lost to police violence during the protest in Columbus. Drop them off at the Ignite Peace office on the second floor at 215 E 14th Street. Shoes will be donated after the event.

Stay tuned for webinars and more information sessions.

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the 2023 Joint Convening of the Social Practice of Human Rights Conference and the 6th International Conference on the Right to Development will offer scholars and practitioners a valuable space to exchange perspectives on this year’s theme of Decolonization and Development for Africa and People of African Descent.

SPHR 2023 is designed to offer a hybrid event format, accommodating both virtual and in-person attendance. For this 50th countdown, we are proud to present a remarkable array of some of our speakers, including thematic speakers, two plenary sessions, and various workshops as part of our event lineup.

#ReclaimingPower #sphr23 #RtD6th #UDHR75

Register HERE.

From October 2 – 10 the No Death Penalty Ohio Coalition is hosting Faith Week, culminating in a Day of Prayer, a 24-hour prayer vigil at the Statehouse in Columbus.

We are inviting faith communities across the state to participate by hosting an educational event, a letter writing party, making death penalty abolition part of your service, or joining the Day of Prayer vigil at the statehouse in Columbus.

For resources and to register click here.

Ever wonder how nonviolence can be a strategy to enact change? We’re excited to explore this question with you at our Strategic Nonviolence Intensive during Campaign Nonviolence Action Week. Join Samantha and Bekky for a four-hour introductory workshop on the tenets of strategic nonviolence, nonviolent communication, de-escalation, bystander intervention, and more.

“Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people,” is the first principle in Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Principles of Nonviolence. We’re excited to continue creating space for authentic engagement in nonviolent practices both in advocacy and within our personal lives. Be a spark for justice and join Ignite Peace in creating a nonviolent society.

Strategic Nonviolence Intensive
Saturday, September 23
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Ignite Peace Office, Peaslee Neighborhood Center

Register here – the $50 registration cost includes lunch.

For questions please email [email protected].

For 38 years, the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center has been a resource for peace seekers in Greater Cincinnati to come together, share ideas, and create tangible change for a more just world.

On Wednesday, October 4th, we are thrilled to host our first Annual Gathering as Ignite Peace.

This new name embodies our dedication to a peaceful future and the energy and passion we all bring to our shared vision.

Ignite Peace (formerly IJPC), remains committed to the mission of educating and advocating for peace, challenging unjust systems, and promoting the creation of a nonviolent society.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate our rich history while embarking on a new chapter by attending our 2023 Annual Gathering: Forward Together.

Bring a dish to share and come learn about Ohio voting law & the August special election with Jean Henderson of Common Cause.

Save the date! The Cincinnati Festival of Faiths returns the week of August 27-31st. On the evening of August 31st, from 7-9 p.m., there will be a Peace Walk in Ault Park, to conclude the Festival. More details are forthcoming.

If you would like to get involved as an exhibitor or sponsor of the event, please visit this website.