WELCOME TO OUR WEB SITE
We’re glad you stopped in for a visit!
Folks often ask me: “What do you do at Topeka Center for Peace and Justice?” I could talk for an hour at least about what we do! And in fact, I love to accept invitations from community groups and church organizations to do just that! Give me a call at the office and offer an invitation! We LOVE to tell our story! We would love to have you involved in what we do! Together, we can create a community that is defined by our civility. In a broad stroke, that’s what we are all about at the Center.
I am a retired clergy of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I should say semi-retired, as I am currently serving as pastor (part-time) of the Holton Kansas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). But I love my work at TCPJ. I like to say that for me, “TCPJ is where the rubber hits the road.” My work at TCPJ sometimes takes me to the Statehouse to cast my voice in favor of justice for those who are our most vulnerable. We have worked with the Shawnee County District Attorney to provide Juvenile Victim Offender Mediation for first time juvenile offenders. We sponsored S.T.A.R.S, Stop Trafficking and Resist Slavery as an initiative to educate and take steps to stop human trafficking. Our board member, Sharon Sullivan has spoken several times in United Nations opportunities in New York on the issue of trafficking. The Peace Center provides an annual Peace Camp for kids who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade. We received a wonderful grant from the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club last year which has made it possible for us to train local public school staff to implement Restorative Justice Circles in schools in Shawnee County. We hope to continue this training for the next two years. We always take one night out of the year to celebrate our accomplishments and to honor members of our community who have made exemplary contributions to bring about peace and justice.
So let us take you on a tour. Check out every page of our website and I think you will agree; we have a lot going on. Don’t forget to stop by the donation page! We are dependent on the gifts of our friends in the community, and we’d love to have you as a member of Topeka Center for Peace and Justice. (Membership is only $25.00).
Topeka Center for Peace and Justice is pleased to announce that we are now in the process of developing a mediation program and are currently training mediators. Visit our Mediation page for a link to our new brochure on parent/adolescent mediation.