Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award Seeking Nominees

It is fitting that on the day we celebrate the birth of the great nonviolent peace advocate, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing calls for nominations and applications for the third annual Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award, to be given to graduating mid-Michigan high school senior(s) who have acted to promote peace and justice, and who seek to further those values in the world. The Peace Education Center (PEC) plans to present the awards in spring 2015.

Thomas Schneider, December 6, 1942 - December 8, 2011

The award is in memory of Tom Schneider, a local activist and Bath Township Supervisor, who touched every life he encountered, in our community and around the world. Tom was involved with the Abrahamic Community, Haven House, Peace Education Center, Bath Township Recycling Group, WKAR Radio Talking Book, Great Lakes Folk Festival, Habitat for Humanity, Looking Glass Community Services, Saint John’s Student Parish, and many other volunteer efforts throughout mid-Michigan. He died in the prime of his life on December 8, 2011.

Tom was a peaceful man who was a model of how we might build a more peaceful community.  He excelled at “networking” before that term was ever coined, simply by being fully present to others, wherever he went, across the globe.  Tom was a responsible world citizen, actively listening and engaging others to join him in the quest to create a better planet. The Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award hopes to recognize local young people who strive to carry on Tom’s peacemaking legacy.

In announcing the award, the Peace Education Center’s co-chair, Terry Link, said, “This award celebrates the young peacemaker, and can be used for purposeful study or travel.  It will enable the recipient to contribute to a specific peace and justice endeavor.” The Peace Education Center plans to recognize the award winner{s} at the student’s school, as well as at a public event to be announced later. Last year, four area students were recognized for their efforts to create a more peaceful and just community.

For further information or to add a tax-deductible contribution to the Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award endowment, call 517-515-5634 or 517-651-2005. You may also visit for more information and for the Award application. Email inquiries may be directed to peaceedcenter[at]gmail[dot]com.


New Year’s Day Interfaith Peace Prayer Service

Interfaith Peace Prayer Service

January 1, 2015, 1:00 pm.

St. Therese Church, 102 W. Randolph, Lansing, Michigan

Pax Christi Lansing’s 8th Annual Interfaith New Year peace prayer service will focus on Children at the Border, Immigrants, and the recent Racism and Violence in our cities.

All are welcome to join this time of prayer, discussion, and fellowship.

The service will end with a toast to making our world a better place!

2014 PEC Alternative Holiday Sale: Nov. 22, 2014

The Peace Education Center will host its very popular annual Alternative Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, 855 Grove St, East Lansing, MI 48823. There will be plenty of free parking at and near the church.

The Alternative Holiday Sale gives the Greater Lansing community the opportunity to meet and shop with others in the peace and justice community while supporting small personal businesses, nonprofit groups, and fair trade cooperatives. The Peace Education Center is inviting everyone to come celebrate a tradition that combines holiday shopping with a true spirit of community.

Vendors this year will include soap artisans, booksellers, photography, handmade jewelry, batik, dried herbs and teas, and other craft goods and products. Some tables will also provide information about how to get involved in peace and justice groups in the Greater Lansing area.

As always, PEC will have outstanding fresh homemade food for sale, including soups, salads, and desserts as well as coffee and cider. These will be available throughout the day.

To get the flavor of the fun, food, and crafts, you can see photos from the 2012 holiday sale here, 2011 holiday sale here, and the 2010 holiday sale here.


Interfaith Gathering at State Capitol, Lansing, September 15


Monday, September 15, 2:00 p.m.

Monastics from the Blue Cliff Monastery, in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, will hold a walking and sitting meditation at the State Capitol in Lansing on Monday, September 15. The meditation starts at 2:00 p.m. Up to a thousand people from all religions are expected to participate in this interfaith gathering. This event is the culmination of a two-week visit of the monastics to the Great Lakes with many events planned in Lansing/East Lansing and Ann Arbor.


All events are free (just come, there is no registration) but donations are requested to help feed the monastics and financially support them during their Great Lakes Tour. Further information can be found on the Lansing Area Mindfulness Community website and