center for peace through culture

The Pact of Culture by Nicholas Roerich, 1931     

Building Peace from the Individual to the Group to Society

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The Mission of the The Center for Peace through Culture is to promote peace, in thought, word and action, beginning with the individual, expanding to the community and spreading out into the world.

John F. Kennedy once said, "There is no single, simple key to this peace—no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process—a way of solving problems."

The Center for Peace Through Culture promotes a psychology of peace, understanding that the peace process begins with the individual.

We also work to educate children to discover and accept others who are different from themselves. Peace can only happen through education starting with the young and continuing to all adults.

The three circles in our logo represent the art, science, and philosophy of all cultures co-existing in beauty, truth, and harmony.

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Past Projects


CPC's late Executive Director, Barbara Boughton, spoke at the International Day of Peace celebration at the Railroad Street Youth Project in Great Barrington, Massachusetts .

Setting the tone was a quote from Across That Bridge by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a civil rights hero who marched with Martin Luther King:

"Our purpose while we are on this earth, in the most basic sense, is to be a light that shines&151;to fully express our gifts so that others might see. When they witness our splendor, when we show them it is possible to shine radiantly even in the darkest night, they begin to remember that they are stars also, meant to light up the world....Be a mentor to encourage others to create and flourish."

Here's Barbara Boughton's full speech.

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Pathways to Peaceful Living: Tools and Explorations, co-sponsored with Hancock Shaker Village, took place September 17, 2011 at Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA, a designated City of Peace.

dennis kucinichKeynote Speaker for the Conference is Congressman Congressman Dennis Kucinich gave a stirring and inspiring keynote address about lasting peace, and there were 18 interactive workshops focusing on diverse peaceful practices, from the past and the present, that inspire people to live more peaceful lives.

You can now view that speech online. As quoted in the Berkshire Eagle, Kucinich praised the conference, saying that such gatherings "have great power. Through the luminous quality of these gatherings you create a counter-balance, a potential for a new world to emerge. People are gathering all around the world for a similar aspiration."

The evening was capped by an outstanding concert by Paul Winter, a journey through his world of "living music."

Here's detailed coverage of the event as described in the Berkshire Eagle. (pdf)

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Greenagers was founded by The Center for Peace through Culture

based on an idea that originally came out of a forum held by CPC in the 1980s. We invited two scientists, two artists and two philosophers from around the country to meet together around a pressing issue: there was so much pollution on Long Island at that time that the water was unsafe to drink. We then led them through a think tank process we developed, and they came up with the idea of recruiting teenagers into an "environmental army" to awaken their parents, teachers and fellow students into action around the issue. Their name would be Greenagers.

In September 2007, The Center For Peace Through Culture launched today's Greenagers project in Great Barrington, MA. Greenagers is now an independent organization, and the intellectual, spiritual, creative, and physical energies of young people continue to focus on projects that will make a difference to local communities and to the environment.

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Evolutionary Peace Leadership Telecourse

Transformational Leadership
For Individual, Team, Community and World Leadership

Saturday July 12, 2014, through Saturday August 30, 2014,

The Evolutionary Peace Leadership Program is thriving and moving towards its next level. We are excited to announce our second 8 weekly Evolutionary Peace Leadership Telecourse during the summer of 2014. The EPL curriculum offers experiential, explorative, practical and inspirational aspects of leadership development and empowerment. Here is more information.

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CPC has established a Sister City relationship between a small town in the western mountains of Massachusetts and a small African city. Monterey, MA and Ngalla, Cameroon, are working together to strengthen human and financial resources to fight the spread of Malaria and HIV/AIDS through African Action on AIDS.

Benis on Graduation Day

An African Action on Aids / Batonga Foundation Scholar selected for Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program.

Eighteen year old OYEBOG Benis ADAH is the youngest of a family of 6 children. Their mother is a woman farmer who lives in their native village. Benis and her sister Akwi have been under Batonga Foundation/ African Action on AIDs Scholarship since 2007. They are raised by their paternal uncle in Yaoundé. After a very slow start due to the psychological shock of loosing her father and moving from rural to city school, Benis is now doing extremely well. She got her GCE-Ordinary level with 11 papers grade A and B.

She was named the Girl of the year by African Action on AIDS not only based on her academy success but for her leadership in the community! Though a very strong sciences student, Benis has decided to registered for GCE- Advanced Level in Arts. She was the President of the Health and Environmental Club in Mario Academic Complex and also the School Sanitation Prefect in 2013/2014. In this capacity, she made sure that the school environment was clean and encouraged her school mates to keep their bodies clean for better health. Recently she was the best in a school contest on detail knowledge about HIV/AIDS. This is good news in a country like Cameroon where only 26% of women and 38% of men can speak easily about HIV/AIDS.

The conference will be held in The United States from July 25-August 15, 2015

Aunty Laraine Toilet
The Aunty Laraine African Action on AIDS toilet, one of two toilets honoring CPC Board members for their work getting clean water and toilets to the people of Negalla.

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The Center for Peace through Culture is a 501(c)(3) donor-supported organization. All contributions are tax deductible.

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