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mission for peace
our MISSION
urbanPEACE is a national, spiritually-based empowerment initiative with a mission to inform, incite and empower peacemaking in urban environments using self-awareness and community-making practices to bridge spirit and social transformation.

What We Do
Our inclusive approach embodies education, social action and responsibility:

  • We adapt & integrate ancient mind/body awareness teachings with practical application to address modern social concerns.

  • We develop & promote universal practices that facilitate connection between people of different races, genders, cultures and faiths.

  • We advocate & support a culture of peace, tolerance and nonviolent action by empowering people to heal themselves and their communities.

How We Do It
Through these interrelated projects and programs:

urbanPEACE/Institute for Integrated Awareness offers in-person & online workshops, trainings & certification programs that develop skills in self-awareness, communication, social responsibility and leadership. [more…]

urbanPEACE/Fellowship provides opportunities integration of awareness-based interfaith and transdenominational education and training. [more…]

urbanPEACE/Network & Services supports local and national economic development ventures for the urbanPEACE Community Trust Fund. [more…]

urbanPEACE is more than a dream: we put peace into practice.

 

our INTENTION
Whether it is called contemplation, meditation, self-observation or inner prayer, the process of inquiring into our own nature to reach for our deepest sense of compassion is a practice and ideal that has been a part of religious and secular ethics systems throughout world history. It is this common thread that holds the greatest potential for reclaiming a humanity that transcends all boundaries.

We seek to inspire and reveal a modern meditation movement that is free from dogma, empowers individuals toward authentic transformation and is accessible to all.

 

our VALUES
We believe in a dynamic "New Dharma" a Universal Spiritual Law that intersects all faiths and beliefs. To that end we adhere to the same values as agreed upon by scholars and leaders of the world's different religions, faiths and spiritual paths at the 1993 Parliament on World Religions. "Towards A Global Ethic"
states these "irrevocable directives" or 4 Commitments that underlies all that urbanPEACE encourages and is itself committed to formally and in practice. We commit ourselves to a culture of:

1. nonviolence and respect for life
2. solidarity and a just economic order
3. tolerance and a life of truthfulness
4. (equitable) rights and partnership between men and women

our VALUES
The good intentions of social action cannot reach their full potential if the humanity of those engaged suffers from the overwhelming alienation that is the fruit of our culture of distraction. By acknowledging the need to nurture our spirits, focusing on creative solutions and cultivating the field for wholeness, we are laying the foundation for becoming the peace we want to see.

Why Urban?
Owing to its inherent diversity, many of the world’s problems are reflected and amplified in urban communities. Often considered synonymous with chaos and conflict, the very same conditions of urban life make it ripe for explorations of cultural difference, healing and social change.

Why Awareness?
Modern culture increasingly teaches us to disengage from aspects of ourselves that we are uncomfortable with, particularly our own suffering. As a result, we become reluctant to explore and accept who we truly are outside of fixed notions of identity. Avoiding aspects of our own selves leads to an inability to forge meaningful connections and a sense of separation that is at the heart of both personal and communal alienation.


our HISTORY and BACKGROUND
Officially launched in November 2000 by Angel Kyodo Williams, an activist, author and spiritual teacher, the
urbanPEACE initiative grew from a realization that compassion and sustainable peace arise naturally when you broaden access and empower people.

Her work with urbanPEACE is inspired by the nonviolent social action of Martin Luther King, Jr and Mohandas K. Ghandi, and the unwavering critique of race, economic and class oppression of El Hajj Malik "Malcolm X" Shabazz and especially B.R. Ambedkar.

What each of these visionaries had in common was that they came to realize the inextricable link between our spirits and our condition and brought that wisdom to bear on effecting social change.

urbanPEACE was designed to be a container in which to create, develop and support models of active social engagement that make our wellbeing and fundamental perspective on the world as individuals as important as the solutions we create for the collective.

 
Malcolm X said that before you could organize anyone around a movement you had to wake them up---not to their oppression--but to their humanity. Meditation and awareness practice wakes us up to our humanity by waking us up to who we are.

urbanPEACE invites you join the movement for meaningful tranformation.

Come get your meditation on.

 Saturday, February 1, 2003