Peace is Our Birthright


The P.E.A.C.E. process and interfaith community development
by Ann E. Helmke and Rosalyn Falcón Collier.
Preface by Arun Gandhi

10″ x7″, 78 pages, $10.00 ISBN: 1434805204

People around the world are searching for ways to organize their communities across faith lines to work towards peace and nonviolent activism in these complex times. Peace is Our Birthright is a manual of time and community-tested methods of Prayer, Education, Actions, Connections, and Enthusiasm.

From the introduction: “Prayer and action are sometimes perceived in many traditions as two separate expressions of faith. Cousins perhaps, yet not necessarily part of the same baby. This can also be said for peacemaking activists and faith-based community organizers. Cousins perhaps, yet not necessarily part of the same baby. Just as surely as each one of us is birthed into the world, this book and process are birthed out of love, the human experience, and hard labor. What is conceived in this book is the simple process that is already within us and that we carry with us wherever we go. Peace is our birthright. Peace births and nurtures our common-unity, our community. Through the five simple words of pray, educate, act, connect, enthuse — and their methods — prayer and action, peacemaking and organizing are merged into one. No longer cousins, baby!”

Download a sample chapter:  Not sure if this is the book you need? Download the “P” chapter (pages 8-22) of Peace is our Birthright and read more about the P.E.A.C.E.. process.

About the authors: Rosalyn and Ann, authors of Peace Is Our Birthright, are also the co-founders of the interfaith peaceCENTER in San Antonio, Texas.

 Rosalyn Falcón Collier is the peacework educator at the peaceCENTER where she designs and facilitates conflict engagement and transformative mediation skillshops and presentations dealing with creative nonviolence in multicultural situations. She is the recipient of the 2000 Peace Educator of the Year Award from the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development.

Ann E. Helmke is the animating director at the peaceCENTER and also a Lutheran ordained minister (ELCA.) She keeps the peaceCENTER vision-focused with an emphasis on interfaith based community organizing and relationship building in the community at large. Ann is the recipient of the 1999 Imagineer Award from the San Antonio Mind Science Foundation and the 1995 Peacemaker of the Year Award from the San Antonio Bar Foundation.

Both Rosalyn and Ann speak on a national level and facilitate groups of all sizes on topics such as faith activation, community development, creative nonviolence, spiritual growth, restorative justice, and organizational process all expressed through personal and local activism based within the current global context.


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