Quarterly Membership Update, February 2018

Quarterly Membership Update, February 2018

February, 2018

Three months ago we saw the opening of our membership platform. Since then, you joined us from Nepal, Russia, the Mediterranean, Latin America and across Europe and the USA – Nearly 300 members – all inspired by the Zen Peacemakers Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action.

Thank you to all those who share activities on our News Feed. Your stories, reports, videos & photographs inspire and inform – you give us a glimpse into your corner of the world, and by that, strengthen our connection. I encourage you to post often about your social action endeavors, and take a moment to consider how the Three Tenets are reflected in it. Videos are a great way to share.

Connection is the key. A great way to meet your fellow members is in our monthly Council meetings. These are hour-long video conferences organized by trained facilitators, and a wonderful way to share about your practice, your activities, and to practice listening to others –¬†Council is a staple practice among Zen Peacemakers. These meetings’ dates change monthly to accommodate the many time-zones ZPI Members¬†are in. The next meetings are: March 2, 18:15h CET; April 7, 14h CEST (Sat); May 6, 14h CEST (Sun); June 4, 18:15h CEST.¬†Visit the Council room on the platform for more information and resources about Council, and click ‘join’ the room to recieve updates.

Our affiliate network is expanding, with over 10 groups currently offering retreats, workshops and service opportunities around the world. The photo above was taken by Mikko Rakushin Mikko Ij√§s of ZPI Affiliate Peacemakers Finland, at a street retreat in Helsinki last Fall. Visit the affiliates rooms and know we are continuously reaching out and registering new affiliates. Remember to click ‚ÄėJoin‚Äô on the right side of the Affiliate room to follow their updates and receive their email messages.

Automatic email updates, by default as of 1/1/2018, are turned off for new members, to not inundate you with unwanted emails. Please check under your profile that your email settings are set to your preference so you stay updated at the frequency you wish.

Our iPhone and Android phone app is useful to keep your connection while on the road. Look for them in the app store of your device as ‘ZPI Hive’.

Follow all¬†Events – you can now integrate the platform’s events¬†automatically on your phone and¬†desktop’s iCal and¬†Outlook. In your calendar application, choose ‘add calendar’ and use the following URLs.

Registration for the 2018 Native American Summer Programs and 2018 Auschwitz Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat are open. These are a terrific way to plunge into the Three Tenets and meet our community in person. Consider joining us! Discount Codes for these events, as well as to the Zen Peacemakers International Store, for ‘Benefactors’ and ‘Sustainers’ members will be sent soon. I will hold a¬†free Question and Answer period this Friday 2/16/2018 1-2pm EST about our Week of Service on¬†Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation.¬†To attend this event, please sign up here.

Finally, I’d like to thank you, our members, for sustaining our efforts and giving life to this globe-spanning community, bonded by our aspiration to awaken, to bear witness, and to act.

With care,

Rami Efal
Executive Director



  1. M. Brett Woosley : March 6, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    I am interested in starting an affiliate in St. Louis, Mo. What is the formal process for this?

    • Anthony Saracino : March 7, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      We’re happy to hear of your interest, M. We’ll reach out soon through email to discuss further.

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