Faith and Peace communities have been with us throughout this long journey – doing fantastic work which is reflected in the films
Religious Education Activity – First Unitarian Society youth join the United Nations Ribbon International Project. After viewing this short video and participating in age appropriate dialog on peace, they create banners with images – reflecting “what they most want to protect in the world.” All of the banners are tied together with colorful ribbons to create a lasting banner representing their combined symbols of peace. The group becomes an immediate member of The Ribbon International Project – joining participants from across the globe – all working to promote peace.
Scooter Foundation Peacewalk Hosts Launch of Stand Together Milwaukee Network, bringing together diverse communities at a central city location.
Unitarian Universalist General Assembly 2011 – invites Rev. Chris Buice, whose Knoxville congregation suffered a mass shooting in 2008 and filmmaker, Janet Fitch to screen and discuss Changing the Conversation with congregations. The goal is to encourage congregations across the U.S. to facilitate ecumenical, faith-based screenings.
Annual Community Program – the Benedict Center screens Promise of America to accompany keynote speaker on envisioning new paths to justice and moving personal stories of participants.
Peace Action WI – initiates an intense 14 day campaign – Freedom From Gun Violence – as a run-up to the NRA convention coming to town. The goal is to invite authentic civil dialog at the center of the problem. Many people who show up at local libraries and other venues tell us they did so because, “You were right in our neighborhood!” On the weekend of the NRA conference, a rally calls all who experienced the films to gather and consider peaceful solutions to preventing gun violence – with words from Public Health, Law Enforcement, Mayor’s office …. many more.
Memorial Service for Mass Shooting Victims in Brookfield, WI – New Moon Productions is requested to bring the only video cameras allowed into a stirring, emotionally-charged interdenominational memorial church service held in honor of the victims of a 2005 mass shooting. The service, organized and conducted by a group of suburban Brookfield-area clergy, brought to light the solemn reality of a culture that is all too tolerant of violence. The interdenominational group made an appeal to wake up to the reality before us: gun violence now affects everyone.
Women and Religion Midwest Regional Conference – hosts a screening of Changing the Conversation to sponsor the series to develop future engagement activities around this film.
Visions for Community Justice: A Forum for Thought & Action – this energetic, committed collaboration of faith groups and others included a segment of Changing the Conversation in this forum of presentations and innovative views of Community Justice from local and national speakers and researchers. The film segment they chose to screen to the crowd of 100 plus – connected the complex issues being addressed and added the voices of central city youth to the discussion.